Technology is something that is always in flux. Regardless of the intended audience, technology is there to enhance and improve our lives. Diabetes is no exception to this. Companies are constantly working to make managing Diabetes faster, easier and less intrusive on our lives.
I will have to say, that technology has definitely help in making managing Diabetes less of a struggle and more of a daily routine. While this is all well and good, it seems, at least to me, that is some ways, technology has someone hindered our focus and attention on managing our Diabetes. According to diabetes.org no technology can help us at this moment.
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I am sure to some, this sounds like a fairly strange and possibility incorrect statement, but let me explain what I mean. The key, at least the way I see it, to managing Diabetes is to stay focused and staying aware of your Diabetes and adjusting to your situation and environment to accommodate for those times when things get a little out of control. This is something that is easier to do when you are forced to stay on top of what you eat, your blood sugars, your exercise and activities. The more your life changes, the more you must be aware of your Diabetes and what it is doing. Technology, in all its wonder, tries to make this job easier on all of us PWD. While it does make our lives a little easier, I am not completely convinced that it always makes life better.
The big thing with technology and Diabetes is making everything more accurate and less of a chore in our everyday lives. I feel that with all of the medical and technology advances, that we have made great strides in this. The problem I have with all of this and the point of this post is that, I think that technology has actually made us somewhat less aware and less focused on our Diabetes. I think that with all of the advances, trying to get closer to a “closed loop” system, much of the attention we have had to keep on our Diabetes has been taken away and is put on the technologies we use to manage it. Because of this, we rely more on technology to do the work for us. While this would be fine if these technologies were more of an exact science, but there are not (at least not yet.)
I feel like we, or at least I feel this way about myself, do not do as much to try and better our management of our Diabetes as we use to, for no other reason than we now have X or Y that can do it for us. While we do have things like insulin pumps and CGMS, we rely too much on them to figure out everything for us. I know that since having my CGMS, I do not test nearly as much as I use to when I didn’t have one. While the system is great and the alarms and all keep things from getting out of control, Nothing beat a finger stick to tell me exactly how well I am managing at that moment.
All I am trying to say is that I feel that we shouldn’t become complacent just because technology has made things easier for someone with Diabetes. In fact, I feel that we should focus more on not only managing our Diabetes but improving our life with Diabetes. Use the technology that we have in addition to our normal routines to make diminish the ill effects and complications of Diabetes.
This is something that I need to do myself. I know that I have become less focused on my Diabetes and I fear that the long term effects will show that if I do not refocus on what is important: Managing my Diabetes.So, make sure that you take advantage of all that technology has given us to make our lives better but do not turn your back on the things that have gotten us to this point. Focus, determination, persistence. These are the fundamentals that will ensure a long complication free life.
The driving force to ensure that technology succeeds is the human element. Without it, technology is just a bunch of 1s and 0s.
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