Lack of diabetes type 1 awareness

This question speaks to the lack of type 1 diabetes awareness that the online and offline diabetes communities are already well aware of. The more I learn about type 1 diabetes the more I begin to appreciate

Nick’s realization that sometimes you need to alter your perspective and routine to allow progress and growth (if you haven’t read his blog post “Making Peace with Vulnerability”, I highly recommend doing so). Nick talks about finding yourself in a rut and realizing that you need to make some changes in order to grow and be healthier. It’s not necessarily that what you were doing before was wrong, but that there is room for improvement. Going back to my lifeguarding example, it’s not the education that we receive is ineffective or incorrect, but that there is more that could be added to the curriculum to make us even better lifeguards and more prepared for any situation we may find ourselves in.

Similarly, it’s not that the diabetes charities are wrong (on the contrary, they are doing some very important work and are skilled at bringing the community together and rallying support), but that there is room for improvement. Donor contributions can be even more effective if they are used towards projects that align with donor intentions and fundraising messaging.

The JDCA is working to study the operations of these charities in order to identify the obstacles that stand in the way of a cure and encourage both the charities and donors to focus on projects that are working toward a Practical Cure.

The JDCA’s mission is “to direct donor contributions to the charitable organizations that most effectively fund research with the goal of delivering a type 1 Practical Cure by 2025.” I think that says it all- we believe these organizations are the best equipped to accelerate the development of a cure. Our research and analysis is intended to help show a different perspective to encourage progress and growth toward the goal of a cure.

Just like Nick’s personal experiences and my reflection on training as a lifeguard, there is always room for improvement; you just need to be open to modifying your perspective.

When my old omnipod became famous

The powerful antioxidant pycnogenol can indeed significantly help in improving heart health, researchers found in a recent study.

Pine tree

The extract, which comes from the bark of a coastal European pine tree, has been shown in other studies to be effective in treating symptoms of menopause, high cholesterol, and damage to the heart from high blood pressure. In according to this, several health benefits with diabetes has also been proven. It is proven that blood sugar levels can be decreased with this methods.

But Swiss researchers wanted to look more closely at the extent of pycnogenol’s healing properties. What they found was a 32% improvement in blood flow in the patients they tested who had heart disease. The indicators that showed oxidative stress and free radical damage were lower when those patients took 200 mg of pycnogenol a day.


Studies had already shown that this powerful compound had the protective antioxidants that fought against oxidation in the body and free radical cells. In the Swiss study, the researchers randomly assigned 23 patients with heart disease either 200 mg daily of pycnogenol or a placebo for 8 weeks. After a two-week period of taking neither, the patients switched what they were taking for another 8 weeks and were tested again at the end.

The new research confirmed and extended previous studies that showed that pycnogenol worked very well. One study showed participants’ levels of “bad” cholesterol dropped by 10% after taking pycnogenol. Yet another showed the compound reducing damage to the heart caused by high blood pressure.

As we reported on our sister site, sailors knew 400 years ago that drinking tea made from the bark containing pycnogenol helped them recover from scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency. The extract has been used in more modern times to cool off menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.

Pycnogenol is full of anti-oxidants and proanthocyanidins, the agents best known in red wine and grape juice as protectors against heart disease.