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August 9, 2010

 Connie Hanham-Cain, a DiabetesSisters Blogger and me at the 2010 AADE Conference

Hello Sisters!  This week, I attended the AADE Conference in San Antonio,Texas.   Compared to the 2009 conference, this year’s attendance seemed to be quite lower.  Despite the lower attendance, I was able to spend quality time with quality people in the diabetes world while in San Antonio. 


“Don’t play games with me!”  It’s a phrase that we have all either heard or said before.  However, computer/phone applications and games are the current rage in the diabetes industry.  So, I hope you are prepared to play games!   For those who like to play games on Facebook and iphone, there is a new world of “diabetes games” on the horizon.  The purpose of these games has moved from being meaningless (i.e. Facebook’s Farmville) to driving positive behaviors and engaging communities.   A great example is the partnership between Manny Hernandez of Diabetes Hands Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Joslin Diabetes Center.  They teamed up to bring HealthSeeker, a Facebook game, to the diabetes community.  Another example is the new Didget meter by Bayer.   It plugs into the Nintendo DS gaming system and rewards kids for consistent blood sugar monitoring.   How the world of diabetes has changed in the last few years! 

Manny Hernandez, Michael Fergusson, Kelly Close, me, Janie Rodriguez (Boehringer-Ingelheim)

On Friday morning, I had the honor and pleasure of attending a session led by none other than our very own DiabetesSisters—Connie, Claire, and Cindi.  Their presentation, Conversations that Matter: Living with Advanced Duration Diabetes, was highly informative!  They discussed the complications that are present (and many diabetes educators are unaware of) in advanced duration diabetes.  At the end of their presentation, they mentioned their work with DiabetesSisters and the survey they compiled to assess the unique needs and experiences of women with advanced duration diabetes.  Here it is:    I encourage you to take it.  They plan to use the results from this survey to present at next year’s AADE poster session.

Cindi Goldman-Pattin, Claire Blum, me, and Connie Hanham-Cain

DiabetesSisters Bloggers at 2010 AADE Conference

Until next week!