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  1. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill December 8, 2008 at 7:39 am | | Reply

    I was all excited because I like computer games, so I signed up, but the terms and conditions say it’s only for T2′s. :( I don’t know if that means I shouldn’t participate since they’re collecting data, and maybe there will be some things in the game that are irrelevant to me ???

  2. Tom Hunter
    Tom Hunter December 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm | | Reply

    Hi Lee Ann,

    Right now the game focus is on basic diabetes management skills and nutrition. Eventually it will have a stronger type II focus, because type II is very behavior driven.

    One of our content writers has type I, and also plays. Right now any data and feedback is very helpful to us, we want to make the game more engaging, and build it to provide people with the maximum benefit.

    So if you don’t mind playing, it is very helpful. Your feedback is also very important, we really do change things based on what the players tell us.

    The existing content is good for either type I or type II. In the future you may see some material that is obviously for type II. As we add that we will also make sure to tell people, communication is very important to us.

    Thanks for trying it out.

    Tom

  3. Lauren
    Lauren December 8, 2008 at 11:14 pm | | Reply

    I am also type 1, and I don’t see how a game would motivate me to take better care of myself — the prospect of losing my eyesight, kidneys, and limb(s) is certainly all the motivation one could ask for.

  4. Tom Hunter
    Tom Hunter December 9, 2008 at 6:34 am | | Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Clearly, the things you mention do motivate many people to do a good job managing thier diabetes. According to the ADA 55% of people with diabetes have A1c of 7 or lower. For those people the tools that already exist are working.

    Still that leaves 45% of people having some trouble. In our tests so far we have seen some people test more frequently, and some people reduce their range over a multi-month period. We have also seen people who were well managed tell us they don’t need this.

    Now we are looking for more people to try it. If you have well managed diabetes and want to have some fun and help others, try it out and give us some feedback. If you would like to try a new way of improving your management sign up, play and see if it works for you.

    Thanks for your comment,

    Tom

  5. Lauren
    Lauren December 12, 2008 at 12:17 am | | Reply

    My A1c has been under 6 since my dx precisely because I don’t regard diabetes as a game or a challenge or puzzle. It’s life and death. I take my management seriously.

    I am a medical student, and I have learned many times that people who rely on short-term rewards and motivations to make changes do not “stick with it” and do the work over the long haul. I’m very skeptical of things like this.

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