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American Diabetes Month 2015: Day 22 - Hard to write

It's day 22 and I've had a hard time trying to figure out what to write.  It's not that I don't have loads of content to write about (I totally don't btw) but I feel like I don't want to re-hash things that I've said before.  There is an absolutely astronomical amount of information on diabetes.  I probably get messaged once a week with questions about how I feel about a "cure" to diabetes or how there's a new device that closes the loop between my CGM and my Insulin Pump.  In the long run, how should I feel about this?  How do I respond to ever question that I'm asked along these lines?

My 'theory' on any of the magical cures is that until I see strong research about the cure being used on people with type 1 diabetes, I'm hesitant to be positive about it, not because I'm a pessimist, but because I'm a realist.  I spent far too long doing research in college to realize that in general, it takes decades to go from animal testing to human clinical trials and in that group, it's only a small group of the animal trials that even are available for human clinical trials.  Of those clinical trials, a pretty good portion of them turn out to not work on human test subjects.  In the end, diseases are usually set up to be a specific version of the disease, especially things like diabetes where there are so many possible causes, so having it be 100% effective is unlikely.

As far as closing the loop.  I think I've made it clear in the past that the technology really needs to become better for me to trust it, and it's simply not there just yet.  I'm excited about the possibility, but doubt that it will happen because the technology is lacking so much at this point.


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