@Terry4’s recent interview on The Juicebox Podcast came live today and early in the discussion he mentioned that he wouldn’t post it to TuD but would hope someone else would. As always Terry is a superstar in the diabetes world and if you want to listen to his wisdom (old guy with Type 1 diabetes for a long time), here is the link. Or you can find it in your smartphone podcast app.
WHAT!?!?!?! I listen right now. So fun!
Lots of fun news today!
Thanks, @Laddie. I am grateful that Scott shares his platform with people like me. I find sharing what I’ve learned about diabetes over the years is meaningful to me. I failed to make that clear in the interview even though Scott gave me ample opportunity to say it.
I’ve also written a lengthy companion piece that Scott has posted on his blog if anyone is interested.
I hope everyone is doing well. By the way, I finally switched to the Dexcom G6 two days ago. I was a G4 holdout, but it’s going dark on 30 June 2020.
Hehehehehe, I’m listening right now. How fun!
It’s always weird to hear a recording of your own voice. Mine is gravelly due to only one working vocal cord.
I was gonna say - you don’t sound like I imagined that you would. Still listening…We gotta all meet up at the Banting house in Toronto when Covid is dead. I’m supposed to be in Portand in the Fall, but I know that Covid will still be going strong, so I don’t expect to actually make it.
Great interview, @Terry4! The fact that you mentioned TuDiabetes got me to log back in here and look you up. I just saw that we both joined in 2009, I just never became very active… but still remember Manny Hernandez with gratitude for his intuition in creating this community. Thanks again for the interview, I learned a lot!
Glad to read you enjoyed the interview, @Uta . Welcome back to TuD! I’ve learned a lot by my participation here. I see you began using low carb back in 2010. Do you still use that tactic? I started to use carb limits in 2012.
Great interview and the companion piece @Terry4, always good to hear your thoughts. Especially liked your YDMV comments.
Thanks, @Dragan1. I worried I might offend a few people with my “dark side of YDMV” comments but thought it might benefit some to rethink their take on this issue.
It wasn’t offensive, it was just fine - candid talk is fine. I heard the words, “Vitamin D,” and even I was fine, LOL. Good job, Terry.
I enjoyed the podcast @Terry4 and always like your thoughtful posts here on TuD!
I appreciate and agree with your sentiment about YDMV.
Terrific interview @Terry4.
Online groups, podcasts and social media allow far more T1D’s to visualize what type of control is possible with today’s tech and people such as yourself showing them the way.
That’s my intention as it was earlier members here that firmly placed more normal CGM lines on my menu. Prior to that, I had no idea or confidence that someone with diabetes could reliably paint 24-hour relatively flat GGM traces. Once I believed it was possible, it was a short jump to asking, “Why not me?”
I think we as a community that extends far beyond TuD can manage so much better than we’re currently doing. Diabetes technology has certainly helped us but I think curiosity, knowledge, a good attitude, and a willingness to change habits like eating can catalyze the tech into an awesome set of complete tools.
Yes to some degree, but CGMS is an important game changer, particularly for insulin users and/or those with unpredictable swings.
Insulin, pumps, T2 meds and Sugar Surfing (eat to your meter) techniques, along with a good education on food, meds and exercise dynamics will lead to game changer for most people. But knowledge and access to these is certainly a barrier in many cases, along with other barriers.
Really enjoyed the interview. Thanks to Scot and Terry!
I felt the same way about the perceived advantage a CGM can give someone living with diabetes and was surprised to learn at the summer 2019 TCOYD ONE conference that while CGM usage has gone up considerably in the last 5-10 years, the overall glucose performance has actually fallen.
Check out these two videos from the JDRF’s Aaron Kowalski and T1D Exchange’s Kellee Miller:
That surprise expressed in these two videos tipped me in favor of seeing the human software of curiosity, knowledge, motivation, attitude and persistence as the determining factors that drive quality glucose management.
I’m thinking that as the technology moves toward a fully automated insulin dosing system, one without the need to announce food or exercise but can react well to changes in blood sugar, human attitude attributes will diminish in importance.
Even then, however, we will need to make sure to manage timely infusion set and sensor changes and ensure that these sites stay healthy. You’ll still need to motivate yourself to eat an appropriate and healthy diet and exercise regularly. A regular mindfulness habit will also need motivation and persistence.
Bottom line, this new diabetes tech enables excellent glucose glucose management but can only take you to the next level when combined with upgraded human attitude software.
Often this comes after first diagnosis/symptoms of diabetes complications or repeated episodes of DKA or frequent low bgs events.
But once one WANTS to improve, cgms is waiting (if affordable… a whole other issue).
Well said! I had no idea a T1D could have a “normal” A1c, much less, knew much about CGMs, pumps, or flatlines! I learned all of this from fellow T1Ds here on TuD and other forums.
Really enjoyed listening to you Terry.