How Project Diabetes Started

Hi, I am Woody Runner and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006 at age 48. My personal experience led me to start Project Diabetes out of a commitment to help other people with diabetes improve their health. The initial motivation to start Project Diabetes came when I discovered from my endocrinologist how successful I was at managing my blood sugar – after my diagnosis I reduced my A1c from 12.1 to 5.0 in less than 90 days. I assumed everyone did what I did. When I learned otherwise – that very few people are tightly controlled – I committed to find a way to share what I was doing.

I got started with Project Diabetes about a year and a half ago. It didn’t start out being called Project Diabetes, but the idea was always the same – to help people with diabetes to be healthier and improve the quality of their life. Frankly, it’s taken longer to get to this point than I would have liked.

The first attempt turned out to be way too big. It was a sprawling, custom, enterprise-class social networking platform with enormous scale and potential, but too cumbersome to maintain and operate for our purposes (I will share more on that experience at a later date).

Among the things I learned from that initial attempt was that diabetes tracking tools needed to be easier for users to get to and apply. I hope and pray that the My Project Diabetes user experience reflects our commitment to ease of use and access. Project Diabetes users can access their tracking diaries through the website, through widgets, via their iPhone and through our voice application. In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding new ways to enter and access information that fit the needs of Project Diabetes users.

The Project Diabetes philosophy is to keep it simple and easy. The tools and solutions that you will find at Project Diabetes are designed to complement the lifestyles of people with diabetes.

Woody Runner is Founder and CEO of Three Questions, LLC which operates Project Diabetes as part of My Health Projects. Three Questions also operates Healthcare Fellowship Networks. Woody.Runner@ThreeQuestions.net

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