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Type 1 Diabetes: Technological advancement and the potential for the future

Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic health condition which, after years of research into the topic, has not shown itself to currently have a cure. This does not mean that there is no solution for those affected by it. The way in which it is managed and treated becomes the focus of finding an effective solution. The current course of action is that of tracking blood sugar levels in order to reduce instances of hypoglycemia and other complications.

This shift from focusing on finding a cure to focusing on management strategies has seen massive steps taken in the field of healthcare. It is important to note that the search for a cure is not out of the question. It has just shown itself to be a difficult undertaking. This focus on management strategies has seen the process of testing blood sugar levels become more efficient for those working in healthcare as well as the patients living with the condition.

Technological advancements such as continuous glucose monitors have also begun to rise to prominence in this pursuit. These devices are able to collect and send information about your blood sugar levels to your cell phone for ease of access, understanding as well as alertness. Such advancements exist to allow people to lead relatively unhindered lives while managing their condition. In addition to these advancements, scientists and researchers aim to perfect and create even more effective methods of managing Type 1 Diabetes. For example, in 2016 scientists made progress toward creating an “artificial pancreas” system. This combined a continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump to modulate insulin delivery based on data over time. Despite not being fully automated at the time, the need for people to continue to calculate their insulin dosages showed some hope. Where this project had shown to be lacking, more ideas began to be developed in order to expand the options that people have with regards to management strategies. This research continues to be conducted at present and potentially even going on into the future. This will drive a better understanding of Type 1 Diabetes in conjunction with the continuous advancement of technology. Digital information offers a platform for researchers and scientists to continue in their pursuit for effective and efficient management strategies that are available to all.

With the diverse range of options that continue to grow in response to the management of Type 1 Diabetes, people who are living with this chronic condition will not all be subjected to the same options. This being in the sense that a one-size-fits-all approach is not the most effective approach to the given problem. Each person may have differing needs to the next person which need to be taken into account. Expanding the options that people have to manage this condition displays an attention to detail that will teach researchers and scientists more about the nature of this condition. By learning more about it in this way, scientists and researchers have a much greater chance of potentially building on existing management strategies and ultimately even beyond that. The marriage of technological advancement as well as the knowledge that currently exists surrounding Type 1 Diabetes provides a platform on which possibilities can become potential realities.

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