Yet another academic diabetes event, the ADA's annual "PostGraduate Sessions" was on this weekend in San Francisco. So I just had to go. Besides promising to cover selected material for the Diabetes Monitor, my own curiosity about this disease and the research around it wouldn't let me skip such an opportunity to eavesdrop on the brains behind the treatment right here in my own home town. Compared to the big annual ADA Conference, this one's a micro-event, with just a few doctors presenting simultaneously (vs. dozens), and a front hall reception area featuring just three or four tables hosted by pharma companies.
On Saturday I caught a rousing debate about whether/when Type 2 diabetics should be started on insulin. The upshot of this was that insulin can indeed improve overall health, but "the roadblock is the delivery mechanism"; it''s going to be a bitch to get these people on insulin as long as they have to inject it with needles. Cross your fingers for inhalable insulin to go mainstream. More on this whole issue at Diabetes Monitor today.
I also visited with the BD folks, who generously gave me one of their SafeClip needle clipping devices to try. What a cool little gadget! It's not much bigger than your average lancing device, and does an excellent job of snipping and storing the sharp part of "sharps." I can't believe I hadn't bothered to get one sooner, despite writing extensively about sharps disposal.
Surprisingly, one of the companies on-site was Home Diagnostics, whose Trackease and new Sidekick meters are on sale at Walgreens, Safeway, Longs Drug and other major chain stores. They gave me a coupon for a free trial of the disposable Sidekick, which I've also written about but never seen in person. The top was a bit chunkier than I imagined. But overall, it was pretty darn cute. Can't wait to get one.
Finally, there was the out-of-body experience part: as I sat in the back of the crowded lecture hall, who should walk in, look startled, and then wave at me? Who is that? Ah, my very own CDE. Here we are learning together! And later, at lunch, as I was enjoying the downtown San Francisco sunshine, who should walk by, look startled, and then nod hello to me? My very own endocrinologist! She wasn't there for the conference, however. Just shopping. Apparently she lives nearby.