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Letter from the Editor: Technology, Human Interaction and Exercise Weight Gain

Jan 8, 2011
 

This weekend Steve and I are at the International CES Show in Las Vegas, and technology for health is booming. Two years ago, not a single health related exhibit was available, last year there were 2 and now there is a whole section of the show dedicated to Digital Health and Digital Fitness. I sat down with a thought leader last Thursday and was treated to a slice of the future. Someday soon all foods will be RFID chipped and when your patient with diabetes reaches for the donuts on the shelf, a message will come up on their mobile device telling them that’s not good, another message will be sent to a telehealth center and a report will be sent to your office. We are attending a full day summit on the merging of technology and healthcare, and next week we will have a complete report.

Even though technology is grabbing the headlines in Las Vegas, the old fashion value of interaction between people pays off. Shared office visits (See this week’s Item #1.) and motivational interviewing (See this week’s Item #8.) both point to the fact that if you can get diabetes patients talking results improve.

This week Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, is back to share the solution to a problem that often plagues our insulin using patients who turn up their physical activity after the first of the year and seem to gain weight rather than lose it. Click here to read Are Exercise-Induced Low Blood Sugars Making You Fat?

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Many of you have helped patients avert diabetes disasters and we can all learn from them. (See our Safety and Error Prevention Topic page for a complete list.) If you have a “disaster averted” then send it in and if we use it in our Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series you will receive a Visa Gift Card worth $50.00. Congratulations to our readers who have been sent gift cards for their contributions! Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.)

Announcements:

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Santa Rosa, California, Feb 12, 2011

The TCOYD team starts their regular conference and health fair schedule this year in Santa Rosa, with Special Guest, Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist. Features and Events include: top physicians, diabetes educators, foot specialists; state-of-the-art technologies and advances in diabetes care; afternoon workshops; and physical activities for everyone.

dLife.com: January 9, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: dLife demystifies sweeteners and sugar substitutes. Plus, how one woman got past denial to take control of her health. And, a heroic mother fighting diabetes in her son’s memory shares her difficult and emotional story. Special Guest: Michelle Alswager. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s poll (in the right-hand column): The FDA has requested another 30 days to review the new drug application for MannKind’s Afrezza. If approved, will you recommend it?

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief