By: Scott M. King
I always love this time of year! It’s just after the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions, and there is always a wealth of new research and products that are introduced to us in the diabetes community.
This year’s conference was held in Philadelphia. Because we had trouble finding relatives to look after our kids, Spencer and Miranda, I stayed home and my wife, Nadia (Diabetes Health’s publisher), attended the conference with our staff. Several weeks later, Nadia is still raving about what a great spectacle it was.
Research From All Over the World
Over 2,200 abstracts were presented from diabetes researchers all over the world. On page 33 of this month’s issue, we have summarized some of the more intriguing and helpful ones, and there are more to come in future issues of DI.
One notable outcome from the conference was preliminary results from the Diabetes Prevention Trial (DPT-1), which found that giving small amounts of injected insulin to kids at risk of developing type 1 does not prevent the disease. It’s too bad, considering the millions of dollars that were spent and thousands of participants that were screened for the study.
In another surprise finding, research presented at the conference explored whether getting blood from the fingertips versus "alternate" sites yielded similar BG measurements. Researchers discovered that blood taken from fingertips actually produce higher average BG readings compared to the forearm and thigh, especially 60 and 90 minutes after a meal.
Kidneys for Sale
As for this month’s feature articles, check out "Complications" on page 23. It discusses the controversial issue of kidney sales. I found it to be a very compelling read because if you have diabetes and need a kidney the wait list could be 10 years long and some patients are not able to wait it out.
The people with diabetes featured in this story traveled to countries such as Turkey and Iraq to receive their transplants, and they attained the same or better success rates as transplants in the United States.
Herbs and Vitamins
Also check out our special overview article on herbs, vitamins and supplements on page 45. Nadia told me that everybody who came by the DI booth in Philly had nothing but praise for the magazine. However, she noted that two endocrinologists told her that we shouldn’t waste our time talking about things like vitamins and herbs because the "science is bad" and the "treatments are not helpful." If that is the case, why is there always a wealth of research extolling the benefits? We are not running this article on herbs not to "tell" you to take herbs and vitamins and supplements, but to explain which ones are supported by published research. Of course, always talk to your doctor about whether or not they might be right for you.
26 Years with Diabetes