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Ways Technology is Changing Healthcare for The Better

Technology has revolutionized the way every sector does business. From improving systems and processes to increase accuracy in every industry, technology is making waves in positive ways. The healthcare and medical industry are some of the primary beneficiaries of these improvements and advancements in equipment and systems. The modifications are speeding up diagnosis times, improving recovery times for patients and identifying new ways to carry out common treatments and surgeries. There is a host of benefits for practitioners that are also paving the way for research and development in new areas of medicine and healthcare options. Take a look at some of the primary ways technology is changing this sector for the better.

Big data

Data is a fantastic thing especially when you know what to do with it. The information collected from patients can be overwhelming and for large establishments who deal with hundreds if not thousands of people a day, having a system in place to record this efficiently is critical. Technology has advanced computers and databases to bring data to practitioners and insurance companies at the click of a button. This information is vital for pulling up records on individuals and treating them quickly based on previous health concerns. These systems are also pulling data together to give better evaluations on health care costs.

Improving communication

One of the most significant issues in the healthcare and medical profession is the communication and understanding between patient and doctor. Technology is helping to improve this link by giving people access to medical records and providing a safe place to interact with professionals to provide a clear and concise flow of contact before, during and after treatments. Social networks are also being formed to embrace this aspect of modern human interaction and platforms such as Doximity are creating a space for both sides to interact easily.

Improved accuracy and diagnosis

Medical equipment design is fundamental to creating accurate and powerful tools that ensure doctors and medical professionals can do their job adequately. The advancements in technology are creating specialist devices to help with a range of areas in medicine. These improvements are taking a design from concept to commercialization with the help of companies such as DeviceLab. With succinct ideas and expert guidance when designing new and capable medical devices, this can open up a host of process enhancements throughout the sector.

Self-care mobile apps

One of the most significant ways that healthcare is improving comes down to how people look after themselves. With the latest apps and technology, individuals can monitor everything from food intake, weight, and fitness patterns. Health professionals encourage this self-care as each person can take responsibility for their own health issues and help to resolve problems based on their lifestyle. Although there are some negatives to the extremes of self-diagnosis, if used to support personal health goals, the benefits outweigh the negatives.

These are just some of the areas feeling the benefits in health care, and as technology progresses there will be many more in the pipeline.

Keep Fighting Toward Your Fitness Goals

So I thought I’d share how difficult it is to live with a chronic illness and try and stay fit.

The picture on the right was last year… when I had just had a colonoscopy to determine how inflamed my bowel was. Shortly after, I was hospitalized due to my colitis. In that week I had lost around 8kg in weight in the space of 5 days. Everything I ate went straight out. I had been in decent physical shape externally but internally I was in bits. I felt incredibly weak. I had no energy, but I still tried to work and live my life as normally as possible. At the time I even tried to celebrate the fact I looked half decent. 🙈 But when you look at the photo closely, I look very skinny. I was then put on some heavy duty drugs to get my colitis in check. Gained loads of weight in hospital and then went home.

Fast forward to may of this year. I’ve managed to get to a decent shape however I’m the strongest I have ever been. I manage to beat my personal gym goals every week and my colitis seems to be under control. 🤛👏

I saw this photo in my feed and wanted you to understand that physically and mentally I’m in a much better place. Everything is going in the right direction and with more hardwork and dedication I’ll get to where I want to be.

Even last year I said I’ll have to start my journey again. It really got me down but if something is worth doing… it wouldn’t be easy….or everyone would do it 😅👌

It doesn’t matter where you are in your IBD journey. It will always keep moving forward it you BELIEVE you can do it

Real Talk with Dave: All about the Dexcom G6

Many people have been eagerly waiting for the Dexcom G6 to be announced.

Well, it just so happens that it is now FDA approved and available in June. I had the special privilege of being sent a Dexcom G6 to try out and so far, I am loving it. As promised, I wanted to share my open and honest opinion about this device, so I thought what better way to share my thoughts than through a blog.

First and foremost, I want to say how incredible this device is. I had the opportunity to see a mock-up of the device at the JDRF Type One Nation Summit and was even more excited to use this new product! The whole site and transmitter is about 33% thinner than the Dexcom G5. It is much more user friendly and has a longer wear time than the G5. You can now wear your site and get continuous glucose readings for 10 full days before you have to change out your site. You can also view your blood sugar readings on your phone, watch, and receiver that comes with the device.

One really exciting feature is that the Dexcom G6 does not require any fingerstick calibrations, which means you no longer have to prick your fingers for a manual blood sugar check anymore. You can now fully depend on this device to be even more accurate than before and allow you to have even more freedom in knowing what your blood sugars are. I have been wearing the Dexcom G6 for about a week now and have been comparing the G6 to the G5. For the first few days, I was wearing both CGMs just out of curiosity on how much more accurate the G6 really is. From what I observed, the G6 was way more accurate in comparison to the G5. I also would still check my blood sugars manually just to compare the numbers and my Dexcom was very close to the actual reading. It is intended to be 20 points above or below the actual reading, which it has been.

The device also has a new app in which there is a whole new design (similar to that of the G5, only better), and there are now more options for alerts and settings in which you can customize to your liking. Now, when having a low blood sugar, this device will alert you 20 minutes before a predicted severe low of 55 mg/dL, which I think is amazing that it can detect that for you. It truly does give peace of mind in knowing what to expect and when, giving you alerts ahead of time so you can try and prevent a bad low before it hits you.

The part of this device that I cannot praise enough is the insertion. Before, you would have to plunge a big needle into your skin and then remove it, leaving a plastic cannula deep into your skin. Now, all you do is apply to device to your skin, push a button, and within seconds, the device is in your body! When people ask me what it feels like to insert the G6, I like to describe it as “a puff of air hitting your skin, that’s it!”. The first (and only) time I inserted my CGM, I was blown away at how painless it truly was. This is going to be a huge game changer for children who have to wear a CGM as they will not feel a thing when the time comes to insert the device into their skin.

All in all, this device is great. I am obsessed at how this product works and helps me feel as a Type 1 Diabetic. It definitely allows me to live my life and not worry as much as I truly can trust what my readings are and know what is going on inside of my body. If medical technology is this good now, I am even more excited as to what the future holds for Type 1 Diabetes. With the Dexcom G6, Diabetes is not all bad.

Live well,

Dave

Real Talk With Dave: The Importance of Wearing a Medical ID

Wearing a form of medical ID can be the factor that can potentially save your life. As a Type 1 Diabetic, it is important that we wear some type of medical ID at all times (especially when out alone in public). When we go out into the world and live our lives, we may often times face situations that we might not have control over. Thankfully, we have devices to hopefully help us be in the know at all times with our Diabetes, such as a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), but still, at times, we may experience severe situations with our blood sugars that may result in an emergency.

Without getting too deep into a dark topic (as I am sure we all already know about), I do have to say, there is always a danger, regardless, when it comes to Diabetes. Let’s be real, T1D is considered a “disease” which does have some pretty serious consequences such as really high blood sugars (ending up in DKA) or severe low blood sugars to the point where we may pass out or go into a coma. These are fears none of us want to think about, but somehow, they’re always on our minds. Fear. Something that takes over when diagnosed with T1D. There is nothing to worry about though! We are all on top of our Diabetes and know all the potential risk factors, we just have to be aware and plan ahead.

Where does the role of medical ID come in? Well, say we do experience a medical emergency, if we are alone but are wearing some form of medical ID, such as a bracelet, necklace, ring, tattoo, or ever a simple wallet card, that will help the general public/paramedics know what may have caused the emergency and they can help out as much as possible in saving our lives as they will know what actions they need to take, as essentially, time is everything in an emergency.

I guess you could say that medical ID is more for someone to be able to reference in the case of an emergency. Either way, it will give you the assurance and peace of mind in knowing that you will be taken care of properly in the case of an emergency.

I know that you may not want to wear a medical ID all the time, as it may make you feel “labeled” as a Diabetic, and trust me, I have felt that way at some point in my life, however, so many amazing brands have created casual and modern medical ID jewelry that can go with just about anything on any day. You have to find what your style is and what you feel most comfortable wearing. Once you do so, you will be able to wear your ID wherever you go, feeling confident and safe all the time!

Live your life and don’t let T1D slow you down one bit! All you have to do is take a few simple steps towards your safety as a Diabetic and you will be good to go!

Live well,

 

Dave

 

 

 

The Problem With Diabetes Education in Brazil

I’m here to talk about the Diabetes educational problems in Brazil. We have a lot!

For starters, if you have the money or good contacts, you are safe because you’re going to have the best doctors ever and they’ll tell you everything new that comes up about Diabetes treatment. But, if you don’t, I’m sorry to say but you are completely alone in this journey.

 

We know that there are more poor people than rich people in every country, and here in Brazil, it’s the same. Those who depend on a public health system tend to have a hard time to get good treatment, or getting updated on new thing happening around the world. We also don’t have enough qualified doctors in the public health system. Sometimes a cardiologist will even treat you and diagnose you with Diabetes!

We also don’t have enough qualified doctors in the public health system. Sometimes a cardiologist will even treat you and diagnose you with Diabetes!

I also need to talk about the horrible insulins that are given here. We still use NPH and regular insulin (old insulins). We’ve recently won the right to receive on SUS (public health system) better insulins, but who knows when they’ll start the distribution. As the public health system doctors don’t know much about Diabetes, they cannot give the support that Type 1 diabetics really need, and I frequently see T1Ds being diagnosed by mistake as T2D. This is very serious.

 

Did you know only 10% of T1Ds in Brazil have an hb1ac below 7? And those who live with an hv1ac higher than 7 think that Diabetes is a monster and that it is ok to have complications! Did they ever read about the DCCT study? I don’t think so.

I don’t even need to talk about knowledge in insulin pumps, right? Only 4% of diabetics in Brazil use this type of treatment here. Most of them don’t even know that it exists!

 

If we want better treatments we need to search on the web, or ask the best (usually most expensive) doctors for information. For example, here in Brazil we can ask for a better insulin and even for an insulin pump with CGM in a lawsuit against the government. We just need to prove that we can’t afford it. And we receive all the supplies monthly. Not everyone knows about this, but they SHOULD.

 

My work at Biabética is to give this kind of information to those who don’t have it. I talk about new treatments, what to eat in case of a hypoglycemia, what to do if an infusion site is bent, etc. I share my life with diabetes and my knowledge (everything my doctor taught me) with love. My goal is to get at least 50% of the population diagnosed with T1D in Brazil to use an insulin pump.

 

I hope things get better for us, Brazilians, soon!

5 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing When Living With Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness can have a large negative impact on your mental health, and it can be difficult to ensure that you maintain a focus on your mental health whilst caring for your health issue. However, there are some very simple ways in which you can support your mental health, and here are some of the best ways that you can improve your wellbeing when living with chronic illness.

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  • Consider Treatment for Mental Illnesses

If you are struggling with your mental health and feel unable to cope alone, you should seek medical help from your local GP or practitioner. They can help to discuss your treatment options with you, such as counseling and medication, and you can enlist the help of your family and loved ones in order to help you pick the correct option for you. If you are suffering from severe mental health issues or are looking after someone who is, you should consider investing in luxury depression treatment centers which can help you to recover and cater to your individual needs, whilst ensuring that you return to your usual self and maintain a  more sustainable sense of wellbeing in the future.

  • Eat a Healthy Diet

One of the keys to improving your wellbeing is through sustaining a healthy diet which vitamin and mineral rich food which can boost your energy levels and leave you feeling healthier and happier. Not only this, but foods that are rich in lean protein such as fish, eggs, and beans can balance your serotonin levels, which can have a large effect on your susceptibility to depression and low moods. Other foods which can improve your mental health are whole grains and other complex carbohydrates that release glucose slowly and which can provide you with larger resources of energy for longer amounts of time.

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  • Exercise on a Daily Basis

You should also be sure that you exercise regularly where possible as exercise has been proven to improve your mood, especially that which takes place outside. The government suggests that you should do 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your chronic illness prevents you from doing this, you should consider milder forms of exercise such as walking and yoga, which can help to release endorphins whilst putting less strain on your physical movement and body.

  • Connect With Family and Friends

Connecting with family and friends and remaining social is also a great way to improve your mental health as this will allow you to receive the support that you need and find a listening ear which can help you to connect with the outside world. Being social has also been proven to increase feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

  • Consider Meditation

Meditation has many advantages for those suffering from mental health problems as it increases the blood flow to your brain, reduces your heart rate, and helps you to recover from stress. These changes to your nervous system that helps to reduce the likelihood of depression and anxiety.

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