Life with Diabetes

Conference Wrap-Up

I’m back home now (you knew that!), up to my eyeballs in the end of school/start of summer camp mayhem, and am also coming to an end of the immediate observations drawn from my trip to the recent ADA Conference. A very enriching experience: I met such fabulous people! Including Dr. Bill Quick and his wife Steph of DiabetesMonitor, who are the sweetest and most knowledeable pair a diabetic could ever hope to meet. And…

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Closing the Loop

One of the terms most-oft overheard at the recent ADA Conference was the “closed-loop system” for diabetes: when will we have it? is it really viable?
For those unfamiliar with the term (as I was, novice that I am!), “closed-loop” means a device that combines continuous blood glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Mimicking the function of the human pancreas, the “closed loop” system would monitor glucose levels and, in response, deliver an appropriate amount of…

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Breaking Ground with “The Self-Managed Disease”

(Sort of an addendum to my last post)
With the shifting focus to official recognition that successful diabetes management lies in the hands of the patient rather than the medical provider, there’s a whole lot of flurry of late about “behavioral issues.”
The guru of diabetes behavior is of course Dr.
William Polonsky, author of Diabetes Burnout and founder of the new Behavioral Diabetes
Institute (and also a really nice guy!)

Between moderating panel sessions…

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Surprising Interview with a Joslin Researcher

At this weekend’s annual ADA Conference, I had the
privilege to sit for an hour just chewing the fat (or, um, chatting…)
about the state of diabetes care with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Jackson has the dubious title of “Director of
Field Outreach, Strategic Initiatives,” but his personal passion is talking
with patients about how diabetes affects their life.

For new patients, his biggest edict is, “You are
not doomed.…

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Jim Turner, Party Animal

*Still live from the ADA Conference in San Diego*
To pick up where I left off, the dLife cocktail party last night was a blast. They premiered the new season of shows, which looks to be getting better all the time. The new idea is to do a “group intro,” and then split up the hosts, so that each has a chance to shine with his or her guest. A welcome improvement, I’m sure you’d…

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