Diabetes is a serious disease. In the Netherlands, about 1.2 million people suffer from it, and this number is increasing every year. In some people it develops as a result of an autoimmune disease (type 1 diabetes), in others it is the result of an unhealthy lifestyle (type 2 diabetes). Diabetes often leads to all kinds of serious physical problems: poor circulation, nerve damage, eye and ear complaints, kidney problems, heart disease and much more. People with diabetes have high levels of sugar in their blood and need to keep them in balance. Medicines help, but a healthy lifestyle is also very important – healthy food and plenty of exercise. In addition, people with diabetes should be monitored by a healthcare professional and undergo frequent treatments.
It is very important to ensure that the number of people with diabetes is decreasing, and that the disease impact is less severe for those who do get it. At this point, there is not enough known about the disease to really control it. Scientific institutions, healthcare institutions, and technology, nutrition and care companies are collaborating to develop tools to provide tailor-made support to patients.
Dreaming about the future
We believe that curiosity, collaborative research and innovation help to create, discover and set out advances to improve the patient's journey. During this show we tell you the story of a patient, a researcher, clinician and entrepreneur who dreams about a healthy life and the impact that the medical device, developed for it, will have.