Section 10: Conclusion
Date: 11/1/2016 14:00 & 8/13/2017 23:00
This project “Using Quantitative Medicine (a branch of Translational Medicine) to control Type 2 diabetes” started in August of 2010 and completed in August of 2017. During the first 4 years, I studied 6 chronic diseases and food nutrition in depth. In addition, I invested next 3 years on research and development, and then created 4 major mathematical and biomedical prediction models to simulate the human body’s health system. These 4 prediction models are: Metabolism on 12/31/2014, Weight on 4/11/2015, PPG on 6/1/2015, FPG on 7/30/2017. Along the way, I created an application software (APP) for patients to use on their iPhone/iPad or PC. I was able to produce and store more than one million of “clean” data regarding my health and lifestyle in the cloud server from 2012 to 2017.
Although my findings were no different from other research findings and discussions in the medical community, I hope the same conclusions are drawn from my personal quantitative data; therefore, they can provide an extra level of confirmation and credibility for worldwide patients to follow.
As I mentioned previously, I am presenting my personal health data from the past 5.5 years. However, I am confident that my findings are highly applicable to many other Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) patients whose glucose values are within the range of 90 to 400 mg/dL. Although there are other patients’ data already available in our cloud server through the use of my tool, I did not have enough time to analyze their data yet. This will be a part of phase 2 of this project.
In August of 2010, when my physician informed me that both my A1C and ACR values were dangerously high, I was extremely scared and did not know what to do next. I thought about my health condition long and hard and then I realized that there is only one person who can really help me. And that person is MYSELF. Yes, I can save my own life! For cases that require medication, operation, or urgent care, a trained medical doctor is definitely needed for treatment and guidance. However, with chronic diseases, I did not get this disease overnight thus it cannot be cured overnight. The obvious way to overcome these conditions is through “preventative medicine,” which requires a lifestyle change. Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, I already knew that there is no way I could cure my disease completely, but I can do my best to control it from getting worse.
Toward the end of this project, I finally realized what is Lifestyle change: you must be willing to examine your life to see what are your priorities or goals. Once you decide on a new set of life priorities, you then examine or develop a complete list of associated or related tasks, activities, and behaviors. After that, you can then seek for knowledge, expertise, and tools to help you make changes. This is the true lifestyle change.
From my journey of the past 7 years, I found 3 fundamental problems associated with most diabetic patients:
- Lack of disease knowledge;
- Lack of useful tool;
- Lack of willpower and persistence.
These are the reasons making it difficult to adapt our lifestyle to control our chronic diseases. By now, I have acquired sufficient knowledge regarding diabetes and can easily share the most important and fundamental part of it with other patients. Through my research, I have also developed practical and free mobile tools to control the disease on a daily basis. However, I am still puzzled about how to influence others to change their lifestyles and health behaviors. I am currently studying this problem via a “Social Dynamics” approach, i.e. using natural science, including mathematics, physics, computer science, and various engineering concepts and methods to address, analyze, and hopefully, to be able to alter patient’s social-psychological behaviors, especially health habits. I know this is another long and tough journey, probably more difficult than my research on diabetes. I founded a non-profit organization, eclaireMD Foundation, with a goal to address medical problems associated with certain chronic diseases, and to conduct tactical activities to help other patients worldwide. My plan is to incorporate what I learned from “Social Dynamics” into future phases of this project.