2017 World Diabetes Day!

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Today is World Diabetes Day!  On November 14th, 1891, Frederick Banting was born.  He discovered insulin in 1921 and began treating diabetic patients in 1922, earning him the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1922.  All over the globe, people are “celebrating” World Diabetes Day on his birthday.

There is a lot going on this year.  The International Diabetes Federation’s campaign for World Diabetes Day is Woman and Diabetes.  You can find more information out on their website.  Diabetes Mine has a great roundup of today’s events, and I wanted to highlight one that I hope to participate in today, which is the annual #WDDchat17.  #WDDChat17 is a Twitter chat taking place all day, with participants from all over the world.  Each hour will cover a different topic and will be moderated by a different host.

I also wanted to share a few more links today, not related specifically to WDD but related to my diabetes world on a daily basis.  Diabetes Technology Society released an article on Blood Glucose Monitoring discussing their meter accuracies.  The study was conducted from 2013-2015.  Of all the meters on the market (there are lots!), only 6 passed accuracy trials.  The most accurate meter (according to the study) is the Bayer Contour Next meter, which is the one that I have!  Interestingly, it’s also a meter that my insurance won’t cover.  I did get authorization from my doctor to be covered but it’s listed as a Tier 4, meaning I pay 100% until my deductible and even then not much of it is covered.  The meter that is approved is the OneTouch Ultra, which failed.  I have a lot of issues with health insurance and this is one of them.  Why won’t they cover the meter that is best for my health??  I found the study to be very interesting.

Another study that I found interesting was a study done by Tidepool.  They collected data over the summer and reported back on it.  As mentioned on their website, there is a bias because people that are on CGM’s or sought out this study might have better control than some so it’s not necessarily representative but I still found it really interesting.  The thing that jumped out to me the most was the average CGM level for age groups.  The 21-24 age group had one of the highest averages and then it drops dramatically for the 25-29 age group and then slowly climbs back up.  I would say this is very representative of my history.  In my early 20’s, I was hardly taking care of my diabetes and then in my late 20’s, I had babies on the brain and really got myself in check.

Finally, if you want to find out your T1D footprint, you can do so on JDRF’s website.  Here is mine:The numbers definitely add up!  Hope everyone has a great day and participates in some of the World Diabetes Day activities!

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