I have been a diabetic for about three years now. And in many ways I set myself up for it. I had some history of type 2 diabetes in my family. I am a former college athlete and I ate like it even though I had been gone form college athletics for many years. And I ignored early waring signs a few years before diagnosis. I was 50-70 lbs overweight. And as you might of guessed was leading a very sedentary lifestyle. Many, Many people have stories like mine, I am not unique in the events, choices and circumstance that led to my diagnoses. How I reacted is less typical. I radically changed my diet, lost 50 lbs and took a commanding grasp of self managing my diabetes and health in general. This is not easy to do, especially in the face of something like diabetes.
The thing about diabetes, especially type 2, is that it doesn’t invoke the same response that say, heart disease or cancer might. Not from the person being diagnosed and not from the medical community at large. I got lucky and had a doctor who was really blunt with me. He told me I had two choices, take the meds he prescribed, continue life like I had been living and things would progressively get worse. New meds, insulin, perhaps even a pump. The other option he gave me was to take command of my health. Change my diet, stop being a lump on the couch, and understand my diabetes.
By taking option two and running with it I have lost 50 lbs, and have an an A1C of just 5.7 (4-5.6% is considered normal). And this success has given me the courage to shoot for the goal of putting my Type 2 diabetes in full remission. No meds, no blood sugar spikes, no sign of diabetes. It’s a lofty goal but one I believe in chasing after.
Now how does all this pertain to the creation of gludi? Something I eluded to earlier is that the onus for ones care squarely falls on your own shoulder when diagnosed with diabetes. Sure their are thousands of resources available but for the most part that’s all they are, resources. Someone still has to utilize them. That can be hard when living with diabetes. You can become overwhelmed almost instantly. My desire is that gludi would address this along with being beautiful to look at and automatically easy to use. I want to give people the chance to challenge their diabetes and make it as simple as anything else they do on their phone.