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  1. Doug
    Doug August 21, 2012 at 6:13 am | | Reply

    Its likely directly related to MONEY. The vendors pay the bills for the venue ….. Tells you something about the organizations

    The corn syrup booth also started some good conversations – likely on site as well…..

  2. Dan Patrick
    Dan Patrick August 21, 2012 at 8:46 am | | Reply

    Hi MikeH,
    Something to consider. The most common sugar is sucrose and what most individuals refer to as table sugar. Sucrose is a disaccharide, or double sugar, being composed of one molecule of glucose linked to one molecule of fructose. Has it been demonstrated whether there is a difference between an all glucose diet verses an all frutose diet?? Most individuals purchase “sugar”, table sugar and give no thought to the product. Yes, since we as diabetics measure the “glucose” in our blood stream we are more responsive to the term. What we eat, how much we eat does come into play in the management of our diabetes. Hope this hels and as always have a great day.

  3. Tim
    Tim August 21, 2012 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    To individuals who are informed, a booth from the HFCS folks would just make them laugh, but some people are not as well informed. They may believe that if HFCS has a booth at a diabetic convention, it must be fine for consumption. I’m disappointed that more organizations don’t value integrity over money. Every day I run into people who are misinformed about some aspect of diabetes and/or nutrition. What I want for my fellow diabetics of all stripes is clear information and consistent, accurate nutritional information.

    I would really appreciate an organization where the process for inclusion was completely open and public, that is: if a vendor is approved or refused, the reason is stated publicly. That openness should be a requisite for their being considered at all. I think then that these PR attempts to defend the undefendable would get no traction, and rightly so.

  4. Sysy
    Sysy August 21, 2012 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    I agree with Doug, I’m sure this is tied to money. To our advantage, this did give us an opportunity for discussion. But, I think it’s pretty sad that we live in a country that has sold the health of it’s citizens out for profit. Europe has banned HFCS to protect it’s citizens and the only reason we haven’t is money.

    So those of us who are more informed than the average consumer have a responsibility to our fellow citizens. We can choose to ban HCFS from our lives entirely. It’s NOT hard, I’ve done it, and if you stick to the “health” section of your grocery you’ll avoid it almost entirely as you read labels. Better yet, stick to the produce section and you’ll avoid HCFS and added sugars-which are almost just as bad and added in everything as well. The company’s live for profit so if we deny them that as consumers, we are protecting those who don’t have the information, ourselves and our families, and getting the market to make us what we do want.

    I can’t understand why so many people who are informed don’t stand up for their values in a way that actually counts-such as what we purchase. That’s just about the only real agent for change we have left these days so let’s use it :)

  5. Tim Brand
    Tim Brand August 21, 2012 at 10:13 am | | Reply

    Awesome piece of journalism. Thanks for the many insights to chew on. This is a multi re-read post for sure. You win a beer at Founders brewery if your ever in my town, and a HFCS free snack. lol. Thanks for reporting Mike!!!!!

  6. Terry
    Terry August 21, 2012 at 10:48 am | | Reply

    Mike – Great post. You’re raising good discussion and thinking about the conflicts of interest that our diabetes organizations must consider.

    As a T1 that lives with a hypoglycemia alert dog it saddens me that some in our community remain so skeptical about the legitimate service these dogs give so as to ban them (as vendors) from their community gatherings.

    Good scientific proof takes big money. There isn’t and probably never will be sufficient economic incentive to motivate an organization to finance a real scientific study to prove or disprove a dog’s ability to give valid low blood glucose alerts.

    In the meantime I’m grateful for the many alerts that my dog gives me each and every day. I am very much a person that believes in hard science and am often not persuaded by the many “cures” and “treatments” that some promoters push. But when my dog wakes me up from a deep sleep ten minutes before my CGM buzzes a low alarm, then my confidence in the validity of diabetes alert dogs soars.

    I know many in our community are sympathetic with the idea of diabetes alert dogs. I hope that over the years, the skeptical holdouts will start to understand and believe in the validity of this service!

  7. David
    David August 21, 2012 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    I have to echo Tim’s comment above. An exhibit like this, while laughable, is relatively harmless to those who do their homework and know the score, nutritionally speaking. But for many others, whether they be new diabetics just starting up the learning curve or simply casual observers, the mere presence of HFCS in an exhibition of this type can’t help but imply that it’s a worthwhile dietary component. Bad news.

    After all, this is not a conference about food in general; It’s an event produced primarily by and for those whose job it is to teach diabetics how to manage their disease. This exhibit doesn’t need to say anything. Simply by existing, it sends the wrong message.

  8. AmyT
    AmyT August 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm | | Reply

    @Terry – I think Jeff Hitchcock’s point is that when you stand on strict principles, you sometimes have to make tough choices. In other words, he’d probably *love* to let the alert dogs folks into his Expos, but if the rule is that ALL exhibitors must have science behind their offerings, he has to stick to that standard.

    btw, some researchers are working very hard to gather scientific evidence of the benefit of medical alert dogs. We just a post & video on this topic, here:

  9. Nathan
    Nathan August 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | | Reply

    Wow, I’m pretty impressed that the Corn Refiners care enough to bring their story to the diabetic population. Oh, that’s right, they want to sell stuff to EVERYONE, even those of us with metabolic challenges.

    Mike, thanks for drawing attention to these issues.

    We, people with diabetes, can’t eat whatever we want, especially not HFCS… or any other sugars that raise glucose more rapidly than our insulin can counter the effect. Just my 2 cents.

  10. Jessica Apple
    Jessica Apple August 22, 2012 at 3:19 am | | Reply

    “All food-related products play a role in diabetes care. Whether and how to advise patients about consuming certain products is for the healthcare professional to decide… (The Annual Meeting) is a forum for the exchange of information. Being an exhibitor does not imply an endorsement,” Pihos added.

    I suggest that if you ever meet a healthcare professional who advises consumption of HCFS (even in moderation), you run away – fast. As for the endorsement issue – the AADE may not give HFCS an official seal of approval, but allowing a booth in the expo does imply an endorsement. And unless the booth appears with a large skull-and-crossbones poster, its presence undermines the entire concept of diabetes education. And the comment “All food-related products play a role in diabetes care,” is ridiculous, and a weak defense.

    All that said, HCFS isn’t the only villain out there. Table sugar is processed too and has been associated with obesity, CVD, etc.

  11. SJ
    SJ August 22, 2012 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    It’s funny to me that the ADA supposedly wants to focus on healthy eating. When we went to an ADA Exhibition, there were extremely long lines of people waiting to pick up their free junkfood (labled as being for diabetics) from the grocery stores’ gigantic “booths”. They took up one entire end of the hall. Most of the people in line were grossly overweight already and certainly could use some education on proper food choices, rather than buying boxed, processed junk.

  12. offshore bank account
    offshore bank account August 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm | | Reply

    i have diabetes type I and when i consume a product that has hfcs it takes twice the amount of insulin to control my levels as regular sugar. i have avoided hfcs at all costs due to that fact. anyone who says it’s the same is sadly mistaken.

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  15. Tim
    Tim August 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | | Reply

    As a T2, I like it when the right organizations can charge a vendor fee at these great shows. Now all we have to is train the rest of us to stay away from them, and point them out. Then give the money to research, find the cure, especially for the kids.

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  17. Stan
    Stan August 20, 2013 at 11:12 am | | Reply

    It’s always about money. My company has been selling supplements for over 15 years. Three years ago we decided to attack weight and Diabetes head on by creating a Natural meal replacement that really works, taste great and has no fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, no sucralose, no gluten and mixes with water only. Well we did it. TMR Total Mea Replacement by Sta-Natural. We tested it and the results were great and Diabetics in Oklahoma said you have to take this product to the expos. We called and they said no. They said that since we also sold supplements we could not exhibit. All we wanted to take to the expos was a great Diabetic friendly product that works. My thought after talking with the ADA, not sure they really want to cure anything.

  18. Kerri Peden
    Kerri Peden August 19, 2014 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    IMPORTANT dialogue and great comments. I personally have problems with allowing a company that in NO way promotes health or wellness to exhibit$$

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