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from Executive Director Dana Ball

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

"Engaging patients in research can lead to better treatments and devices that target what patients really need and want."
Diabetes Awareness Month raises visibility for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and inspires many people to consider how they can make a difference.

At T1D Exchange, we take great strides to make a difference for people touched by T1D year round and have created innovative programs that amplify the voice of the community so that it remains at the heart of research. 
Patient-centered research isn’t a feel-good gesture; it leads to better treatments and devices that target what people with type 1 diabetes really need and want.

Here are two important ways T1D Exchange has listened and responded to our community's needs recently:

"the need for better therapies, devices and solutions"
Diabetes Innovation Challenge — We recently concluded our first Diabetes Innovation Challenge, a groundbreaking competition to help identify and reward novel therapies and solutions in diabetes. It has given tremendous visibility to nearly 30 semi-finalists who offered new and innovation approaches, and provided a jump-start to 6 award-winners who received cash and in-kind awards to help develop further develop their product.
View the Finals winners

"automating insulin delivery"
Multi-million Dollar Investment in Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) — Last month, we announced an investment initiative in AID because we believe automating insulin delivery has the potential to dramatically improve quality of life for people with diabetes. But it’s not just our belief – we asked our Glu community to choose the therapeutic solution they believed was most promising. More than half of our 653 responders chose AID.

Our goal is to help accelerate the next generations of AID and closed loop systems and ensure that there are different approaches that appeal to individual need and choice.

We are all in this together
T1D Exchange unites the type 1 diabetes ecosystem like no other – bringing together people touched by T1D with physicians, researchers, industry, non-profit and government organizations to drive better solutions.

Be a part of our community. If you aren't already a member of Glu, we invite you to join our community working together for better solutions in diabetes.
Warm regards,

Dana Ball
Executive Director and Co-Founder

T1D Exchange Research Highlight

Beyond Type 1 Diabetes: when T1D isn’t the only uninvited guest 

A T1D Exchange study analyzes the frequency of autoimmune disorders and T1D
Are you living with type 1 diabetes and another autoimmune condition? 

You are not alone. A recent T1D Exchange study reveals that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) often have other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid and gastrointestinal diseases.

In fact, one of T1D Exchange's principle investigators, Dr. Jing Hughes of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found a striking pattern that showed “autoimmune diseases begin early in childhood, where nearly 20 percent of those under age 6 already have additional diseases other than type 1 diabetes.”

Learn more about this study, including the most common autoimmune disorders found with type 1 diabetes.
View the study

Did you know?

Drinking with type 1 diabetes

We hear it a lot from the type 1 community – drinking alcohol is yet another challenge of life with T1D (for those 21 and older, of course).
We recently gathered insights from the community and got an expert to weigh in.

Get tips and perspectives on drinking with T1D

You told Glu! 

The Lowest of the Lows
We recently asked our Glu community to tell us the lowest glucose number ever (that they believe is accurate).

We summarized the more than 250 responses and provide some tips for avoiding lows.

Here's what we learned
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AYUDA 2017 Summer Volunteer Programs Announcement:

Interested in traveling while making a difference in the global diabetes community? Check out AYUDA's 2017 Volunteer Summer Programs taking place in the Dominican Republic! Work on local outreach projects with Santo Domingo based diabetes organization Aprendiendo A Vivir to help create sustainable change by providing education and empowerment for those living with diabetes in the Dominican Republic. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (final deadline February 12th), so click here to read more and apply today !! Interested in hearing from past volunteers? Check out the AYUDA's Volunteer Blogs to hear from this past summer's volunteers about their experience abroad!

“AYUDA was the first real step in my involvement in not only the diabetes community, but the medical profession as a whole. It solidified for me what I want to do with my life and the multiple opportunities I can have. The volunteers themselves changed my life as well ... I feel honored to know everyone and to have worked with them.” -- Emma Burke, 2016 En El Camino Volunteer

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