My Life as a Type 1 Diabetic — Transformed by Technology!

By | Blog, Chronic health conditions, Continuous Glucose Monitor, Data, Diabetes, Disease Management, Glucose Monitor, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Healthy lifestyle, Insulin, Insulin Pump, Medical, Medication, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus | 3 Comments

Diabetes care, management and health outcomes have undergone a complete transformation over the last 50 years.  From diagnosis, to blood glucose monitoring, to medications, medical technology now offers many options that give diabetics the freedom to live more active and productive lives.  Tracey Long, a type 1 diabetic diagnosed in 1982, shares her personal story underscoring how important technology has been in allowing her to live her life to the fullest. Since 1982 when, at the age of eight, I learned I had Type 1 diabetes, the disease has been a constant in my life.  Back then, I followed the…

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What You Should Know When It Comes to Medication

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Medications are prescribed to have a specific effect on your body, such as lowering blood pressure or decreasing blood sugar levels. While the perfect drug would only affect the intended target, this is never the case. Besides a drug’s positive effects, negative, or adverse, reactions may also occur. The United States sees over 2 million serious adverse drug reactions (ADR) each year, with 100,000 people dying each year from adverse drug effects, making ADRs the fourth most common cause of death in the U.S. The more medications you take, the greater the possibility of adverse effects. This can be due…

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