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You Are Not Alone in Managing Your Diabetes

Dr. Bimal Shah

Chief Medical Officer, Livongo

What is the biggest focus for diabetes researchers in 2019?

At Livongo, we produce academic studies to determine the overall effectiveness of our clinically-based programs. We recognize how important it is for digital health solutions to validate their programs and we are excited that Livongo has shown both positive clinical and financial outcomes.

How can recently diagnosed patients ensure they are prioritizing their health?

U.S. healthcare has responded to the chronic-condition epidemic by offering more devices, apps, advice, medications, and stuff to do. But unfortunately, this just creates noise. It is important for solutions to offer the right insights that make it easier for health consumers to manage their health.

How is technology changing the patient experience for those with diabetes?

U.S. healthcare has responded to the chronic-condition epidemic by offering more devices, apps, advice, medications, and stuff to do. But unfortunately, this just creates noise. It is important for solutions to offer the right insights that make it easier for health consumers to manage their health.

Dr. Sarah Brewer

M.Sc. (Nutritional Medicine), M.A., CuraLife

What is the biggest focus for diabetes researchers in 2019?

Patient-centred care is the current priority to provide evidence-based treatments, tailored to individuals. These are based on individual health needs and intended to reduce the long-term complications of diabetes.

How can recently diagnosed patients ensure they are prioritizing their health?

By focusing on diet and lifestyle changes, especially for those who have type 2 diabetes. Losing excess weight, exercising more, and having a healthy diet can reverse type 2 diabetes in the early stages. Evidence-based, traditional Ayurvedic herbal medicines like CuraLin can also help.

How is technology changing the patient experience for those with diabetes?

Technology aims to allow patients with diabetes to lead as normal a life as possible, with optimal glucose control. This will include new methods for insulin delivery such as implants, continuous glucose monitoring, pancreas cell transplants, and possible gene therapies.

Dr. Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.

President and CEO, JDRF

What is the biggest focus for diabetes researchers in 2019?

JDRF researchers are focused on advancing cures for type 1 diabetes through beta cell therapies and immunotherapy. Scientists pursuing these areas are exploring how to replace and protect insulin-producing cells and prevent overactive immune systems from destroying these cells in the pancreas.

How can recently diagnosed patients ensure they are prioritizing their health?

People who receive a devastating diabetes diagnosis should know they are not alone. Resources on managing the disease are available online, including at JDRF.org, and people have a support system in the diabetes community, a network of people who know what it is like to live with the disease.

How is technology changing the patient experience for those with diabetes?

Advances like continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and artificial pancreas systems have revolutionized how people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels. To improve health outcomes and reduce the burden of type 1 diabetes, people need affordable access to technologies that fit their life.

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