Diabetes: Scientific Research for Type I Diabetes (cont.)

Moderator: We are almost out of time. Do you have any closing comments?

Dr. Furlanetto: I think this is an exciting time for diabetes research. I think that in the past 10 years, significant advances have been made, and we expect that in the next 10 years, even more will be made. We think the outlook for people with diabetes today is much brighter than any time in the past. Patients should continue to monitor their blood sugars and treat complications, so that when the cure becomes available, they can then lead a nice healthy, long life.

Moderator: We had another question come in.

cddcgd_WebMD: Do you have any idea how many traffic accidents are caused every year by people having low blood sugar episodes?

Dr. Furlanetto: No, I don't, but we're quite aware of the problem. I know with children, when they begin to drive, we counsel them at every visit to test their blood sugar before getting in the car, to take some sugar-containing material with them along with their meter, and if they don't feel well, don't drive. Nonetheless, some patients develop hypoglycemia unawareness, where they don't realize they're low, and therefore, will drive with a low blood sugar and impaired judgment. It's a real problem and it takes constant vigilance on the part of the patient, and the discipline to test their blood sugar before they drive.

Moderator: Unfortunately we are out of time. It's time to wrap up today's discussion on Type I diabetes. Thank you to Dr. Furlanetto for being our guest speaker this afternoon. It was a pleasure having you on WebMD Live. Take care everyone and have a great day.

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