You guys are absolutely right: the ADA Conference looks like it's all about oral drugs for Type 2 this year. But that's impossible, since virtually every organization who's anybody in the diabetes industry is involved in this annual conference. Besides the formal research and pharma announcements, there's always plenty of hoopla.
A couple of items in that category include:
* Desert Dingo racing — Jim Graham and his diabetic Desert Dingo Racing team will make a Sunday appearance at San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf. They'll be autographing "hero cards" featuring photos of their 1969 VW Beetle decorated with warning signs of diabetes on the back. The IDF will be handing out boxes of crayons that also have the warning signs printed on them, and a couple of companies will be offering free diabetes screening. The IDF will also be showing clips from a new film called "Life for a Child" that tells the stories of children in Nepal surviving and coping with diabetes. If you're in town, don't miss it.
* King Corn documentary screenings — four chances to view a new film about the messed-up American food system, and how it's built on a (mostly subsidized) overabundance of corn. (Personally, I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, and shuddering at the variety of corn-based additives in so many things in our kitchen. $94 billion in taxpayer money to wreck our collective nutrition. Who knew?)
And once again, I'd like to know what you'd like to know. What burning issues are on your minds, Dear Readers? Please submit any questions whose answers you think I might be able to dig up this weekend at the massive ADA Conference.
I won't be able to attend a particularly long list of the scientific sessions, but will certainly be spending a bunch of time on the expo floor, and interacting with a nice variety of experts.
What would YOU want to ask them if you could?