Diabetes Innovation 2013 – The Tweetstream Archive

Last week’s conference was a great success. You can relive some aspects of the in-person meeting by checking out the tweetstream from the event. Enjoy! Check out the twitter analytics on #iDiabetes, courtesy of Symplur.

We look forward to seeing you next year, and to keeping the conversation going between now and then.

Tweets after the jump.

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Diabetes Innovation: The Secret Sauce

BEOften, when we think about innovation, we immediately think of hi-tech devices, software or platforms.

In the midst of this year’s Diabetes Innovation conference, and even acknowledging that many people with diabetes are joined at the hip (literally) to some pretty hi-tech tools, it is worth slowing down for a moment to consider the value and efficacy of decidedly low-tech solutions.

Earlier this year, Susannah Fox (a speaker at this year’s conference) coauthored a report published by the Pew Research Center entitled Tracking for Health. This report collects survey data showing that while 60% of U.S adults track diet or exercise, and 33% track their own health — 49% track only in their heads, 34% use paper and only 21% use technology (web, app, device) for personal tracking.

People with diabetes are certainly well-represented among the 33% of the population who are self-identified health care self-trackers — but remember, most self-trackers are decidedly low-tech. [Read more…]

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Carbohydrates Kill: A Conversation with Tim Noakes

Tim NoakesTimothy Noakes is Chair of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa — and he will be speaking at Diabetes Innovation 2013. He has Type 2 diabetes and has made a very public about-face in nutrition recommendations. His book on running — a perrennial best-seller — had recommended a high-carbohydrate diet, but Noakes, an ultramarathoner, realized the diet was harming him, and also realized that he had developed T2D. He credits Jeff Volek — another Diabetes Innovation speaker — and others with bringing him to realize that for himself and for other people with diabetes a high-carbohydrate diet is a dangerous thing.

As far as I am concerned it is clear cut, the evidence in my view is that the more insulin resistant you are, in other words the more you are likely to have diabetes, or if you have diabetes there is no question, you do not need carbohydrates in the diet and the less carbohydrates you eat the healthier you will be. To me there is no debate; the problem is that in my view the drivers of the high carbohydrates diets are political and economic. They are not medical and scientific and unfortunately the solution of this problem is a political one — it’s not a medical solution.

Please have a listen to our wide-ranging conversation, touching on diabetes, diet, and the politics and economics of the food supply.

Listen in to our conversation (press play); read the transcript below.

Tim Noakes, Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Cape Town, Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013 [Read more...]

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Lourdes Olivas is coming to Diabetes Innovation 2013 from New Mexico State University

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

Lourdes Olivas from New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM).  Here to receive invaluable information and strengthen our networking.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Personal interest in diabetes is due to my family history.  I have several aunts and uncles with diabetes and my grandmother had diabetes. Recently one aunt passed away from complications of diabetes and currently an uncle is dealing with complications, (had a leg amputated).  Professional interest is due to my job responsibilities, I coordinate research and educational programs focused on type 2 diabetes. [Read more…]

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A teenager takes control: Hadley George

hadley georgePlenty of people with diabetes struggle with the daily rituals involved in keeping themselves healthy.

Not everyone — and certainly not all fourteen-year-old girls with Type 1 diabetes — have the wherewithal to recognize the burnout, decide to take action, and begin to build a local community group of peers with diabetes.

That’s exactly what Hadley George did.

When I asked her what she’s looking forward to about Diabetes Innovation 2013, she answered:

This is not an experience that kids of my age normally get. I’m only fifteen years old and I get to do this, so I am very blessed. I hope that people hear my story and maybe will start something like this in their town. And I also hope that it will give hopes for people who have children with Type 1 that it’s not the end of the world and that great things can come out of it. Because I would say that, I am very — I know this sounds weird, but I am very glad that I have Type 1, because it’s really given me a different outlook on life. And although in November and December, I wasn’t really thinking this, now I have gotten so many new friends and it’s just really changed my life for the better.

Listen in on our conversation now, and come hear Hadley discuss community building at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

Read the full transcript after the jump.

Hadley George Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013

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Meet Stephen Phinney

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

Stephen Phinney MD (Internal Medicine), PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry)
Wondering that myself!

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Specific interest in type-2 diabetes (T2DM), for which standard-of-care pharmaceuticals often do more harm than good.  [Read more…]

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Meet Barbara Haydon

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

Barbara Haydon, Provant Health Solutions.

We provide corporate health and wellness programs – diabetes is a major disease/chronic condition for which we provide screening, coaching and education.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

I worked on an NIH diabetes grant for 10 years – have always been interested in protocols and treatment – both inpatient and outpatient. [Read more…]

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Look Who’s Coming: Robin Wagner

Who are you? Where areRobinWagner you from?

Robin S. Wagner, DVM, PhD
Director, Diabetes Management Solutions
Medical and Scientific Affairs, Diabetes Care

Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
9115 Hague Rd, Building H
Indianapolis, IN, 46256
Phone: 317-521-2503
robin.wagner @ roche.com

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Professional and personal interest. Diagnosed with type 2 in 1999. I am a pumper. [Read more…]

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Joslin Everywhere – John Brooks, Joslin Diabetes Center CEO

John Brooks sets the stage for Diabetes Innovation at last year’s conference, noting that technology can serve as a platform for partnerships and as a mechanism for enhancing community-based solutions for all people affected by diabetes, enabling collaborative care and putting patients first … Joslin Everywhere.

John Brooks, Joslin Diabetes CEO, at Joslin Innovation 2012

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The diabetes epidemic demands a powerful response from leaders in the diabetes community, nationally and globally. By bringing together the best minds across payers, providers, industry, government, research, prevention and treatment, Diabetes Innovation 2013 will act as a powerful marketplace of ideas, partnerships and collaboration to provoke thought, innovation and action that address the cost, productivity and quality of life impact of diabetes on our society.

Diabetes Innovation 2013 will provide a powerful foundation for sustained focus and excitement for advancement in all facets of diabetes prevention, treatment and payment reforms – from social media and gaming to translational research breakthroughs to mobile patient technologies and everything in between.

Diabetes Innovation 2013 and Joslin Diabetes Center issue a challenge to key leaders to be the catalyst for new partnerships, practical and affordable solutions, and hope in our common goal of a future without diabetes, its complications and comorbidities—and with billions of dollars in savings.


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