At week 8, happy to announce we now have 8 Afrezza users in our “Real Life” User Group, and want to welcome Howard (@Afrezzaguy) to the Group, and will introduce you to his story and his Afrezza journey in an upcoming blog. Moreover, I’m also excited to let you know that every single one of us have achieved A1C Correlation levels this week in the 5’s— further proof of the superior power and effectiveness of Afrezza.
Further confirming that news is Brian Sharp who had a doctors appointment, and he measured an A1C personal best at his doctors office of a 5.7 (yes, a non-diabetic number) using Afrezza for just 3 months! Ta-Dah! You did it Brian–first person on Afrezza we know of to achieve this!
Another big “Shout Out” goes to Jackie–she had her doctors appointment and also achieved a new A1C personal record of 6.7 (her previous best was 8.1 over the last 16 years) in only 72 days using Afrezza.
We are all excited for both of them knowing their numbers will continue to improve over the next 1-2 months. Brian’s A1C before Afrezza was 10.1. and Jackie’s was 9.1 and this achievement is continued proof that Afrezza is a “Life-Changer”! It has been an honor and privilege for our group to have them give us their feedback and also be encouraged by them on a daily basis. I know we all applaud you Brian and Jackie–the world needs to know how well Afrezza works, and for all diabetics to have Afrezza as an option in their diabetes treatment. Your outstanding and unbelievable results will certainly help gather awareness, hope and excitement in the diabetic community.
I did catch up with Brian Sharp after his doctor’s appointment, and this is what he had to say:
How did you feel when you got the news your A1C was 5.7?
I felt awesome! To have the lowest A1C I ever had plus it was confirmation of the results I was getting from my CGM.
What was your doctor’s reaction?
My Dr.’s reaction was mixed. She was blown away that I had a A1c that low, but was also concerned that I could be going low. I however went to the appointment prepared and showed her my CGM results. They clearly show that I don’t get any significant lows using Afrezza.
How did your appointment go?
Best appointment I’ve had, EVER. Everyone in the office got word about it. I even announced it to the people in the waiting room on my way out. Seems to me they should try Afrezza also!
What would you like everyone to know now that you are the first Type 1 person on Afrezza known to have an A1C over 10 and now have a non-diabetic number of 5.7?
People need to know, I don’t count carbs, I’m not a good diabetic. I don’t fixate much of my day controlling my diabetes. This was clear by having a 10.1 before Afrezza. The only reason I got a A1c of 5.7 was of Afrezza’s effectiveness. It’s ability to control my BG very precisely without much effort. It’s super effective and extraordinarily fast and easy to use. Its easy to break a 4 minute mile when you go from jogging on foot to driving a car!
One thing Brian and Jackie do (and everyone else in our “Real-Life” Results Group do including Howard) is that they take a “follow up dose” approximately 60 minutes to 75 minutes after a meal if their BG is rising (just like a normal pancreas does- a 2nd phase prandial insulin dose) and if their BG levels are over the limit they have set for themselves. Brian and Jackie are the perfect examples of this–got themselves Afrezza and a CGM and they are healthier than ever since being diabetic. Once again, technology is making it possible for diabetics to live a longer, and more worry-free life with the advent of “real-time” monitoring (Dexcom) and “real-time” insulin, Afrezza. The beauty about our Afrezza User “Real-Life” Results Group for diabetics and the medical community is that you get to see it all, and we download our data at our doctors offices, and they can veritably see in 5 minute intervals, 24 hours a day, how our blood sugars are controlled better than ever before. Here are this weeks numbers:
What surprises you most about the Week 8 data?
Never mind what is surprising this week…the correct question is “Who is surprising this week”? It’s Brian and Jackie all the way!! Way to go guys! Congrats on your new official A1C’s!
What is the Afrezza Users “Real Life” Results Group?
It is a group of Afrezza Users who use a Continuous Glucose Monitors (Type 1’s) seeking tighter diabetes control and measuring the time spent in each blood sugar range. Laureen uses “finger prick” measurements throughout her day to measure her blood glucose levels while the rest of us are using CGM’s (continuous glucose monitors). It is NOT a competition between T1’s and T2’s nor among any of us and was only started so people could understand and see the inherent benefit of why Afrezza provides better control and higher patient satisfaction for t1 and t2 diabetics over any our previous regimens. In essence, this is a “real-world” trial of “do your best”, and have good and bad days, but keep track of it all, and let everyone know the results. Well, the results thus far are clearly unbelievably positive.
Why are you doing this?
There has been so much discussion about the FDA Afrezza Drug trials and why I feel as a participant in the Affinity 1 trial, there were significant “hold backs” as to why we were not able to materially outperform Injectable Insulin because of the protocols on the trials. This is no longer the case!
To Summarize here are just a few of the hold backs why Afrezza didn’t get to show how great it works:
- Afrezza Dosing only changed approx. every 6 weeks, and not flexible dosing depending on meal
- No CGM’s allowed
- Time in Zone not measured
- Patient quality of life not measured
- Brand new Afrezza users vs. Very experienced Injectable users (what if it was brand new injectable users vs. experienced Afrezza users—would that be fair? No-they would stop the trial right away because it would be a TKO/referee stops contest victory for Afrezza which we are proving by real world experience.)
What would you like to express to everyone out there considering Afrezza or to any doctors considering prescribing Afrezza for their patients?
My opinion is that Afrezza is a “life-changing” drug that is not very well understood by the diabetic community at large—both doctors and patients. This will definitely change! It improved my life and gave me hope in treating my diabetes. I would wish the same for you or any other diabetic you know—enjoy a better and higher quality of life! Please demand to try Afrezza from your doctor, and if he/she won’t or is not able to prescribe it–go find one that will–your life and the quality of it matters!