It was 2008 and I was living in London when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After the debut, I decided to return to Barcelona to face the situation closer to my family.
The beginnings were difficult. I could not understand why, being already in the 21st century, I had to report my diabetes with a paper book, writing down values manually, always eating the same to avoid taking risks, and making critical decisions without help or knowledge.
The use of smartphones was very common and I wondered if it would be easier to collect all my data with some technology.
I started programming an app for my personal use, in order to achieve more autonomy and eat freely but safely. I dreamed of having my doctor in my pocket!
First results were incredible: since my HbA1c decreased to values close to those of a person without diabetes, I started sharing my program with other patients and doctors and it was positively welcomed.
Then, María Jesús encouraged me to create SocialDiabetes, a company where this personal project could become a global solution, develop a comprehensive platform for diabetes management, and bring the benefits of technology to all people with diabetes.
In SocialDiabetes, our goal from the very beginning has been making profit of technology to give everyone the necessary knowledge to be empowered an take control of their diabetes.
If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you are not alone. Nowadays, there are more than 400 million people around the world who has it: celebrities, Olympic athletes, rich and poor, people who stay fit and people who don't. Diabetes does not care who you know, where you live, what religion you are, or even your favorite football team.
So ... Probably there is someone out there who feels the same as you. Join us. We are hoping to create a great network in the future and help each other.
We are patients working for patients, disconnected from any industry. We are a digital health platform dedicated to transform diabetes management. With your help, we know we will succeed.
Víctor Bautista , Founder of SocialDiabetes. Diabetes T1 since 2008