Why I am excited about #WDC2015 World Diabetes Congress?

For a little over a year, I have been working with the Programme Committee in charge of putting together the World Diabetes Congress, as Deputy Lead for the “Living With Diabetes” track of the event, scheduled to take place in Vancouver, BC, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2015.

Please join us for this event that brings together leadership in diabetes advocacy, science, education, and more from all over the world every two years.

A clean bill of eye health

A few months ago, I had an eye opening experience at a Children with Diabetes conference: Dr. Ben found a spot in my retina that I have been working to try to revert.

In the past few months, I have increased my physical activity by a lot, mostly walking every day, and pushing myself to try to improve my BG levels (not an easy task as anyone touched by diabetes knows). I have become specially fond of my FitBit, which has enabled me to keep close track of how many steps I take. This is a screenshot of my FitBit dashboard:
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In the course of 2015, I have walked an average of 9,800 steps per day, which would have allowed me to walk all the way down to Los Angeles and back to San Francisco (if I were Forrest Gump), since January 1, 2015.

Today, I saw my eye doctor, and he gave me a “clean bill of eye health”. He said he didn’t see ANY trace of the spot that Dr. Ben had identified last year. This is great news, and I wanted to share it with all my friends and colleagues.

For this, I want to thank my wife Andreina and my son Santiago, for their neverending support; my friends at Diabetes Hands Foundation and the #DOC, for reminding me that I am not alone and that I can do this; and the Livongo family, for being such a passionate, dedicated, and smart group of professionals to work with… that root for me when I jump on the walking desk we have in the office! ;)