It’s been an exciting few days for me and the Glu Team. This past weekend was the SLAMDiabetes Western Connecticut 2014 Classic wiffleball tournament in Danbury. I can proudly say our team rocked and won the tournament! I will be doing a post on that great (and very windy!) event shortly. We had a Glu Event with Tandem Diabetes Care in New York City on Monday. We presented on Glu and T1D Exchange, and Tandem showed on how human factor research and customer feedback helped them develop the t:slim pump. It was great to see Allison’s post about meeting us at the event. Thanks to everyone who attended!
I can’t tell you how great it was to meet up with so many passionate people and “see” some Glu faces for the first time! It always puts a smile on my face when talking to people who have been so active on Glu, reading about our bionic pancreas experience, or having seen my diabetes videos. It really makes me feel special and I am so happy to be able to make a small impact on people’s lives.
So what’s next on my diabetes event plate? The American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions, of course! I will be arriving on Thursday to one of the largest conferences on diabetes in North America, featuring some of the best new research and products. San Francisco is going to see a surge of insulin pumps, CGMs, and devices pass through their streets in the days to come!
Learning about the latest research and diabetes management best practices is the key takeaway for many who attend the ADA Scientific Sessions each year. I also love meeting so many people in the diabetes industry who I haven’t seen in a while, and discussing ways Glu can help accelerate research and get the voices of members like you heard.
If you are going to be at the ADA Sessions in San Francisco, please feel free to tweet to @GluBill. I would love to say hello! You can follow the hashtag #2014ADA for all the latest news.
T1D Exchange will be presenting some of our own research as well. Your involvement in Glu helps make these kinds of projects, happen, so thank you so much for being part of our community! Here is what we’re showcasing this year:
- The advancements in technology and increased connectivity among individuals across the globe over the past decade present remarkable opportunities to conduct studies faster and cheaper than in the past. A Web-based Study of the Relationship of Insulin Pump Infusion Set Duration and Fasting Blood Glucose Level in Type 1 Diabetes is one such study, enrolling approximately 200 participants in 48 hours and providing insight into the association of the length of insulin pump infusion set use and fasting blood glucose.
- Data on pregnancy and live births in women with type 1 diabetes are somewhat limited. There is a known association between diabetes and a number of complications. Better Glycemic Control but Extended Newborn ICU Needs among Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes in the T1D Exchange reports on the diabetes management characteristics and HbA1c in pregnant women in the T1D Exchange registry and post-partum outcomes.
- Growing numbers of children in developed countries are overweight and/or obese, and this includes children with type 1 diabetes. Weight gain is a side effect of intensive insulin treatment and may present significant challenges to achieving targeted HbA1c levels. The obesity epidemic and its consequences in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the US T1D Exchange and German/Austrian DPV registries describes body mass index in children in two large registries and its association with HbA1c levels.
- Examining the differences in diabetes onset, management, and glycemic control between twins with type 1 diabetes provides a glimpse into the possible contribution genetics plays in diagnosis age and metabolic control. Twins Concordant for Type 1 Diabetes in the T1D Exchange describes the characteristics of twins in the T1D Exchange.
- While daily physical activity is recommended, little is known about real-life exercise habits of adults with type 1 diabetes. To investigate, members of T1D Exchange’s online community, Glu (myglu.org), were invited to participate in an online survey about exercise. Exercise Patterns in Type 1 Diabetes: A Web-Based Survey describes the results of the questionnaire, which was completed by 300+ members of the Glu community.