Life with Diabetes

ADA’s Kahn Responds. Speaking for Whom?

I’ve received an email reply from Richard Kahn, Chief Scientific Officer of the American Diabetes Association, whose seemingly anti-diabetes-technology comments at a recent conference have created quite a storm.
He encouraged me to post his email, and thus I do so here, unabridged:
“I’ve looked at your web-site, and certainly part of the answer to your question is that your own biased and inflammatory reporting contributes greatly to the mis-perceptions surrounding my talk. For the…

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ADA’s Richard Kahn Drops a Bomb

About 10 days ago, the annual meeting of the Diabetes Technology Society took place right here in my SF Bay Area neighborhood. Over 800 scientists, engineers, and doctors from government, industry, academia, and clinical practice gathered for this annual consortium on what’s new in everything from non-invasive glucose monitoring to nanotechnology to the artificial pancreas project.
Just as last year, I had hoped to cover this event live, but was put off by the exorbitant…

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Type 1 vs. Type 2 and Other Diabetes Confusion

When the Powers That Be established National Diabetes Awareness Month, I’m guessing they had the millions of at-risk and yet-undiagnosed Type 2s in this country in mind. That’s an estimated 6.2 million people in the latter category alone. And then of course, there’s the public at large: How aware are they of truth vs. myth about this pervasive disease? For a condition that effects 7% of the American population, it’s just astonishing how much misinformation…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 17 — Knowing is Half the Battle

Hello again here at the Diabetic Partner Follies, where people who live with and love the PWDs (people with diabetes) are invited to share their stories and vent, if needed.
Today, a woman who prefers to remain anonymous explains how she and her boyfriend are learning to cope with this disease together — with the emphasis on learning.
Remember, if you’d like to submit something to the Follies (post, link, video, you name it), email…

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World Diabetes Day Agenda Grows, and Grows…

Hey, it’s November, National Diabetes Month! And the countdown ticks: just two more weeks until the first-ever UN sanctioned World Diabetes Day is slated to light up New York City, literally, with the illumination of the Empire State Building in diabetes-awareness blue on Nov. 14. See an official list of events around the country and around the world HERE.

Lots of people with diabetes still don’t even know about this monumental awareness campaign, so be…

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