17 Responses

  1. Meg
    Meg June 3, 2008 at 7:53 am | | Reply

    A really low tech question: Why does the price of test strips remain so high? How does the industry justify the prices? Does the ADA have any intention of addressing the issue?

  2. Scott
    Scott June 3, 2008 at 8:14 am | | Reply

    I’d certainly be interested in what they reveal regarding autoimmunity; the extracts look interesting enough, but the details are always much more useful! Also, can they share the full details or possibly make more available than the extracts — its a downer to spend money on the full articles when the aren’t always so revealing or useful, so that’s where a summary can be very useful!

  3. Kelly K
    Kelly K June 3, 2008 at 8:31 am | | Reply

    Amy –
    It’s an eye opening film and Americans needs to see it! I’ve been a big fan of it for over a year and was at the Philadelphia screening in March.
    Corn is in almost everything we consume and touch and I believe High Fructose Corn Syrup is turning us in to a nation of T2′s.

    “Omnivore’s Dilemma” is a great book, Scary, but a great and informative read.

    As far as questions, I second Meg’s test strip question, why so friggin expensive!

  4. Mandy
    Mandy June 3, 2008 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    This isn’t a question, but something to look out for.

    DiabetesSistsers will be there looking for support, and they are announcing their ALL WOMEN WITH DIABETES triathlon team. They are scheduled for their first half triathlon in September 2009. You have to give it up for the girls!

  5. Ben
    Ben June 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm | | Reply

    Here’s my one question: Why is it that pumps (and soon, test strips) are simultaneously a life-changing and -saving device but are way, way out of reach of most insured patients and all non-insured, of which there are plenty, type one and two both?

  6. Peyton
    Peyton June 3, 2008 at 6:51 pm | | Reply

    Through a series of accidental link clicks, I stumbled my way over here and I’m pretty happy I did! I was diagnosed with Type 1 this past January and am currently seeking a pump (now strongly considering the Omnipod) and am soaking up all the info I can get. I will definitely be hanging around.

    On a side note, very pleased to see The Omnivore’s Dilemma on here! I read it over a year ago and it changed my life. I changed my major from Pre-vet to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and Policy in order to pursue a law degree and help sustainable farmers in our country gain more rights.

  7. Florian
    Florian June 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm | | Reply

    How is Verichip doing with the development of its implantable glucose sensor (

  8. Dave
    Dave June 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm | | Reply

    Any news on the BCG trial that Dr. Fausterman is doing that reverses type 1 diabetics? Any new pumps or longer wearing sensors coming from Medtronics? Thanks amy!

  9. Lauren
    Lauren June 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm | | Reply

    I second (or third) the test strip question! My monthly test strip expenses are the financial equivalent of leasing a Lexus. And I have Blue Cross insurance — gotta love ‘em. I get mailers all the time about “taking care of your diabetes” but they won’t pay a dime for strips or any other supplies. It’s unbelievable. I keep hoping the government will step in to help all chronically ill people afford their meds and supplies. With the current administration on its way out, I continue to hope!

  10. Craig Williams
    Craig Williams June 4, 2008 at 6:00 am | | Reply

    When will the ADA do a study evaluating the effectiveness of GCMS like they did DCCT for blood glucose monitoring? Such a study could help drive home this issue with insurance companies and end all these individual appeals to have CGMS covered on a case by case basis.

  11. Big_Dave_T
    Big_Dave_T June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    I just read a story on a Wall Street Journal website that less than one study in five of diabetes drugs focuses on outcomes that matter to the patient–for example heart disease and pain. The overwhelming number of these studies focus solely on the blood sugar numbers. So what I would want to ask is whether the ADA is going to work on changing that, since oral diabetes drugs is on the agenda.

    My brother’s father-in-law is a farmer and corn is his crop. Is he benefitting from all this demand for corn? Put it this way. He’s looking to buy a $4,000 lawnmower for himself.

  12. Melitta
    Melitta June 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm | | Reply

    Amy–Please ask the ADA people you speak with why ADA still says that Type 1 only represents 5-10% of all diabetes (when that number excludes the huge number (~10% of ALL diabetes) who have slow onset Type 1 autoimmune diabetes, and why they still say Type 1 primarily affects children and young adults. All people with autoimmune diabetes should be included in statistics addressing prevalence and incidence of Type 1 diabetes (it is not appropriate to include people with adult-onset autoimmune diabetes in figures for the numbers of Type 2 diabetics as ADA presently does).

    Also, those of use diagnosed with Type 1 over a certain age are excluded from the big Type 1 clinical trials. For example, Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet excludes many Type 1 diabetics and their families based on age at diagnosis. Type 1 autoimmune diabetes is diagnosed based on epidemiology, not age; therefore, TrialNet is not truly representative of the full scope of Type 1 diabetes.

    Please advocate for all of us with adult-onset Type 1, who are overlooked or ignored entirely! Thank you, Melitta

  13. Bob Harling
    Bob Harling June 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm | | Reply

    I was wondering if you could find info on the talking test meter please .

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