Many of us reflect upon what we are thankful for during the week of Thanksgiving. For people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and those with family and friends with diabetes there are many things that are appropriate to reflect on. For me, it is my husband’s family. Let me tell you more. 

My mother-in- law, Eleanor, had type 2 diabetes for many years before her death in 1986 from heart disease and complications of diabetes. I remember her toe amputation surgeries and her problems with vision. I also remember stories of the way she would go to the doctor for her insulin injection once a week. She did not live long enough for the advances in technology to help with her diabetes.

This is a very different story than the one of her husband whom my children called Pada. Pada was a wonderful man who developed diabetes later in age and had the benefit of advances of technology to help him have, as he would say, an “outstanding” productive life. For example, he was able to take advantage of advances in glucometers. Also, I remember helping him first with disposable syringes and then with insulin pens as they hit the market. He was able to keep his kidney function and maintain much of his sight. He did not need any amputations and was able to walk until his death. In his last years he had trouble with his memory and hearing, but all in all, he died at 98 years of age. He had many years of quality life behind him, as well as four children and nine grandchildren that dearly loved him. 

I often think of the different approaches between my in-laws’ managed care of their diabetes. I am thankful for the scientific developments that helped Pada live long and be there for his grandkids.

The 11 Advances in Diabetes Care I Am Thankful For

Here is a partial list of some of the advancements in diabetes for which I am thankful and some links for further reading, where one may find further information:
  1. Advancement in foot care for those with diabetes.
  2. Advancements in the treatment of kidney disease in people with diabetes.
  3. Advancements in the treatment of heart disease in people with diabetes.
  4. Advancement in the treatment of neuropathy (nerve damage) in people with diabetes
  5. The discovery of insulin and the different kinds of insulin. For more information on the discovery of insulin, click here.
  6. The development of home blood glucose monitors. To look back in time to read about the history, click here.
  7. The development of metformin and other medications for people with type 2 diabetes.
  8. Insulin Pumps. To see the progress, click here.
  9. Continuous glucose monitors, click here for more information.
  10. Disposable syringes and lancets. For more information on the history of the development of disposable syringes, click here.
  11. The discovery of hemoglobin A1C and its link to blood glucose values. For additional reading on the historical aspects, click here.
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During the upcoming weeks and months, you will see full blogs here on DiabetesCare.net covering the advancements and treatments of diabetes and its complications. You will also see blogs on nutrition and ways to keep yourself healthy.

We wish you a very happy and joyous Thanksgiving!