Oscar Crofford: On the horns of a revolution  pg. 7

Many patients don’t have the opportunity to be monitored by nurses and dietitians in the way that study participants were. “The issue is not whether it works or not, but how hard it is to do,” Crofford says. “And believe me, … it’s very difficult for patients to follow a regimen of strict glucose control. It will take technological advances that we do not have today in order for the average person to be able to do that.

“The good news is that even if you’re not perfect, if you make a little bit of improvement, you get a little bit of benefit,” he adds.

Two years after the DCCT ended, Crofford began a new chapter in his life. He and Jane “retired” to his family’s 700-acre spread in the Ozark Mountains to raise Black Angus bulls.

Starting with 12 cattle seven years ago, the Croffords now have about 40 head on their Rocky Bayou Angus Farm, named for the creeks running through it. Mornings and evenings will find them navigating their pastures aboard the four-wheeler and a golf cart, feeding and checking on the livestock with their five dogs in tow.

Crofford hasn’t retired completely from diabetes research. He attends scientific meetings, keeps up with his journals and e-mail, and recently chaired a committee that monitored the progress of another clinical trial.

But he doesn’t spend much time dwelling on the achievements of the past, or brooding over tasks left undone. He’s too busy for that. There are too many new things to learn.

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