Some more snapshots from this year’s EASD meeting in Munich.
Juvenile no more
All over the internet last week was Miriam E Tucker’s piece for Medscape about the age of diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Data presented at the meeting suggested that fifty per cent of type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in people older than thirty years of age.
I know a couple of commercial pilots who were forced to give up their careers when they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (and a few kids who had to give up their dreams of ever becoming a commercial pilot). A new study out of the UK gives hope for a change to the blanket ban found in many countries. Read all about it.
Afternoon naps and type 2 diabetes
I’m a big fan of a power nap, but a new study suggests that long afternoon napping is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. More here.
MySugr announcements at EASD
The uber-cool team from MySugr keep kicking goals and taming monsters. Two announcements at EASD which further enhance the MySugr app.
Firstly, this: the integration of MySugr with the Abbott Freestyle Libre app (LibreLink, currently not available in Australia)
And this: MySugr now offers live diabetes coaching, working with diabetes educator and author of ‘Think Like a Pancreas’
Also from MySugr is their terrific take on diabetes and language – specifically, writing about diabetes. This was shared by Ilka at one of the DOC satellite events. Love it, love it, love it!
Brilliant to see the EASD meeting embracing technology to bring sessions throughout the conference into anyone and everyone’s screen through their virtual EASD platform. This does a couple of things. Obviously, it means that those unable to attend the conference can see what is being presented. But more than that; it allows those people to engage in online discussions. Many were commenting on twitter and joining the dialogue with those actually in the room.
Well done – would love to see this used more widely at more conferences.
Oh, hey again Kaleido!
Once again, it was the Kaleido stand at EASD that stole the show with sheer colour and cheekiness.
It was great to reconnect with the team and chat about what has happened since I first met them all at least year’s EASD in Stockholm. There was much excitement as they now have CE mark which means they are almost ready to launch.
Most pleasing was to see that their pump now includes a bolus calculator, an addition made after feedback from people with diabetes. (Nice engagement, folks!) It is still a no-frills pump – there is no integration with CGM and none planned. And that is fine. It really is.
Launch details are getting close. Unfortunately, no plans to launch here in Australia straight away, but apparently we are on their radar. (In the meantime, I’ll keep hassling them to come here and colour our world!)
(The Kaleido stand also had a very cool interactive wall asking all about the people visiting. This was the (almost) final product.)
Absolutely none for the things I’ve written about here.