What does a Practical Cure look like?
A Practical Cure.
If you’ve known us for even a little while, you know this is what we’re after. There are projects in the system that, if fully funded, have a great chance of bringing forth a Practical Cure by 2025.
What is a Practical Cure? The characteristics of these projects are simple: they would require minimal monitoring ( only requiring 1 BG test a week while keeping A1C’s between 5 and 7), allow for an unrestricted diet, contain minimal side-effects, and allow the patient to sleep worry free. If the cure is pharmacological it must be an easily managed regime, if surgical, a recovery time of less than 72 hours.
Those are the guidelines, the clinical measures we use whether or not a project could deliver type 1 diabetics a Practical Cure by 2025.
But that’s all they are. Clinical. Cold. Objective. They’re useful for helping us cut through the fat, but not for showing what a Practical Cure looks like. They don’t show the pump supplies being thrown out in the trash. The teenager swimming in a lake and not needing to get out and test their blood sugar. Parents that don’t have to stay up worrying about their child when they’re asleep. No more needles, no more pricks, freedom to eat what you want, being able to exercise without having to plan for what might happen if you go low.
This is what a Practical Cure is. It’s ease. It’s relief. It’s not having to deal with all of the minutia and carb-counting and BG correcting and just being able to live your life.
If you support a Practical Cure, join the JDCA. If you haven’t already become an alliance member, the sign-up is below. You’ll be adding your voice to thousands of others who are demanding that resources be put towards a Practical Cure.
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Until Next Time