Salute to Science
I'm not sure when I first started using a blood glucose meter. I do remember the guillotine-style lancing device—ouch! At some point in my 1980s adolescence, the A1C test became part of my routine. Unlike the gaps in my logbooks, the test offered undeniable evidence of my blood glucose levels over the past two to three months.
My health care providers and my parents were certain I was receiving state-of-the-art diabetes care. But they didn't know for sure that it would make a difference. At the time, we had no certainty that aiming for blood glucose levels near normal would make any dent in the eye, kidney, and nerve damage that developed over years with type 1 diabetes.
Meanwhile, some dedicated people were busy proving, once and for all, that tight blood glucose control matters. Click HERE to hear from researchers and participants involved in the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. In a decade of hard work, they helped show that intensive insulin therapy and tight blood glucose control reduce the risk of developing complications. And they're still going strong, showing us that good control pays off over the long term with diabetes and increasing our knowledge about how we might protect people.
Protecting people from the burdens of diabetes is a big part of the mission of the American Diabetes Association. That's especially visible in the Safe at School® campaign, which works to ensure that kids with diabetes receive the care they need and a fair education. Read about how volunteers, such as attorney Alan Yatvin, help resolve disputes with schools (click HERE) and how to draft a 504 plan to protect your student with diabetes (click HERE). Let's use all the tools available to us—scientific evidence, meters, and the courts, if necessary—to keep people with diabetes safe and healthy.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes
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