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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa

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The Most Beautiful Meter

June 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today I review the most beautiful blood glucose meter ever made. Not only does it look beautiful but it also works beautifully.

It’s the Bionime Rightest GM100. The Bionime Corp. in Taiwan makes it. Its appearance reminds me of Apple products, especially some of their iPods and remotes.
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ADA: Day 5

June 10th, 2008 · No Comments

San Francisco — For the past five days people with diabetes have taken over downtown San Francisco. More than 20,000 diabetes professionals have been here for the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. Those of us wearing ADA name badges not only filled the exhibition halls but also San Francisco’s already crowded sidewalks.
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ADA: Day 4

June 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

San Francisco — Some numbers that the American Diabetes Association told me today can give you a sense of the scale of its meeting here at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Its 68th Scientific Sessions started Friday and ends tomorrow.

The ADA’s press office says that so far they have counted 15,630 attendees. Most of these are medical professionals. But when they include exhibitors at the many booths, they’ve counted 20,912 people here so far.
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ADA: Day 3

June 8th, 2008 · No Comments

San Francisco — The best thing about going to the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association is to visit with old friends and to listen to the top doctors and professors in the field. The next best is to see and use the new technology exhibited by the companies making products for people with diabetes to use.

This year more exhibitors than ever are at the ADA. I counted 205 booths ranging in size from one-man stands to huge displays by the major pharmaceutical and meter companies with dozens of employees showing off their wares.
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ADA: Day 2

June 8th, 2008 · No Comments

San Francisco — Yesterday I was wearing Band-aids on six of my fingers. I had my A1C tested six times in one day with five different systems.

I’m in San Francisco at what is probably the only place in the world where I could have this bloody experience. It’s the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.
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ADA: Day 1

June 7th, 2008 · No Comments

San Francisco — The annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association kicked off with a bang here yesterday. While the country’s big press emphasized new results from two studies of using drugs to reduce our blood glucose levels, the hot topic here is exercise.

I’m at the ADA’s 68th Annual Scientific Sessions, a huge convention of about 14,000 diabetes professionals from around the world. From glancing at the name badges of others here, I wouldn’t be surprised if most are from other countries. Hosting this meeting — which most people here just call “the ADA” — is theMoscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco. This foggy city on the bay is cooperating so far with beautifully sunny weather in the high 60s and low 70s — except for a very cold outdoor reception yesterday evening.
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The Most Accurate Continuous Monitor

June 1st, 2008 · 8 Comments

For years many people that I know have been waiting to use Abbott’s FreeStyle Navigator continuous glucose monitor. As long ago as February 2005 I wrote in Diabetes Health magazine that, “The FreeStyle Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitor is coming.”

Preliminary studies had indicated that it might raise the accuracy bar. And now, according to a study to be published in this month’s issue of Diabetes Care it really will be more accurate than the competition. The Navigator will be more accurate where it counts than the three other monitors that the study evaluated.

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Stevia Becomes Truvia

May 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Today we know the name of a previously unheard of sweetener, named Truvia. It’s pronounced Tru-VEE-a and promises to have a pronounced effect on the choice of sweeteners that many people use.

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What’s My Blood Glucose Level?

May 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Just before lunch this afternoon I checked out the new FreeStyle Freedom Lite blood glucose monitoring system from Abbott Diabetes Care. The company’s public relations firm, Fleishman-Hillard, was nice enough to send me one of the first of these cute little meters and 10 test strips.
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Setting Slack Standards

March 9th, 2008 · No Comments

“We live in a culture of low targets,” writes Hana, one of my regular correspondents in England who has diabetes. For example, her nurse told her that that walking for half an hour three times a week was enough exercise to make a difference, and it doesn’t have to be fast walking. “I do a lot more than that,” she says.
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