Medical Condition: Diabetes
Medical Therapy: Insulin pump
Charity: Beijing Diabetes Prevention and Control Association
Wang Xinjie has lived with diabetes for more than 31 years. When he started using an insulin pump in 2004, he was finally able to manage his blood glucose levels. Wang volunteers at the Beijing Diabetes Prevention and Control Association, advocating for diabetes awareness and patient education in China. He was the first diabetes patient selected to present at the Annual Symposium on Diabetes Education and Management and the first to host an educational diabetes segment on China Central Television (CCTV). Wang’s Bakken Invitation Award will provide additional funding for educational events for diabetics and their families, and help young patients learn how to effectively manage their condition.
“I have had diabetes for more than 31 years, and the disease seriously impacted the quality of my life. Since I started using the insulin pump, I have been able to manage my blood glucose levels. I now have effective control of my blood sugar, can eat a normal diet, and live a healthy lifestyle.
“During treatment, I received so much encouragement and support from other patients and their families, which made me dedicated to give back in return.
“I have been volunteering with the Beijing Diabetes Prevention and Control Association for 25 years. I founded the first diabetes salon for young Chinese men and organized wedding salon visits for patients. China Central Television (CCTV) and the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China filmed my experience, broadcasting it as educational videos and TV segments about diabetes control and charitable causes.
“To reach even more people, I presented and published dissertations at the Annual Symposium on Diabetes Education and Management, hosted by the Chinese Diabetes Society. I am honored to be first person living with diabetes in China to do so. I knew how important it is to connect with and learn from others, so I became involved with Sweet Home, an online diabetes patient community.
“I had hoped to gain control over my health condition and enjoy a beautiful life, and am now living proof that this is possible.”
“Engage with other patients frequently to learn from them. Enrich yourself with those around you. It is possible to enjoy a healthy, happy life.”
Beijing Diabetes Prevention and Control Association supports patients in Beijing so they can manage their disease on a daily basis. With 42 educational bases in Beijing, the nonprofit organization provides information and educational services for nearly 100,000 people with diabetes. Wang’s Bakken Invitation Award will provide additional funding for educational events for diabetics and their families, and help young patients learn how to effectively manage their condition.
*Not everyone who receives this therapy will receive the same results as the patient in this story. Talk with your doctor to determine if this type of therapy is right for you.