Day One – Professional Scientific Research

The cheap jerseys opening cheap jerseys China day cheap jerseys  of NFO?iGW the ADA Were 75th Scientific Sessions provided a series of talks, education sessions, and symposia for all delegates to attend and learn about the latest research prior to the main exhibition opening on the 6th.

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The first session we attended ‘Improving Diabetes Outcomes through Nutrition and Lifestyle Change’ was hosted by Linda Delahanty, MS, RDN, also the recipient of the ‘Outstanding Educator in Diabetes’ this year. The talk covered both Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes, and how management and lifestyle can be improved through tailored education programs designed for the individual patient.

The recurring theme of Delhanty’s presentation was that of recognising the patient’s needs and requirements, for instance if someone with T2 Diabetes does not want to focus on weight loss as a goal because it seems daunting or unrealistic, encourage them to do more activity instead, this way the weight loss aim is achieved but in an encouraging, less aggressive manner.

Another ‘Meet the Expert’ session led by Simon Heller from the University of Sheffield ‘Strategies to Address the Problematic Patient with Hypoglycemia’ put forward evidence to show that education is key to Diabetes management. Heller’s presentation stated that though technology and education do improve quality of life and control in Type 1 Diabetes, the rate of ‘severe’ hypos (<3mmol) per patient per year has remained at 1.8 since 1992. Education however can be used to combat this, though funding for the technology to accompany it remains the key factor.

There were controversial ideas put forward in some sessions, with Wendy A Satin-Rapaport PhD of the University of Miami School of Medicine suggesting every patient Diagnosed with Type-1 or Type-2 Diabetes should be referred to a psychologist – controversial in that not every patient may consider it a necessary step, thus leading to potential negative effects. Further controversy was courted in the ‘Patient Perspective on Closed-Loop Systems and Studies’ featuring Kelly Close (@Diatribe) and Chris Aldred (@GrumpyPumper) offering contrasting thoughts on the aforementioned technology – Kelly being very pro-closed loop based on her experiences of trialling them, and Chris verging closer to against them, based on the passover of control to a machine. Closed-Loop systems are very much a key piece of this year’s event, with the launch of the Medtronic 640g system, and several trials underway on automated glucagon delivery.

All in all the first day of ADA Scientific Sessions 2015 was a fascinating, insightful day, studying the latest in Diabetes research. The running theme of the conference appears to be an emphasis on delivery of education and the advancement of closed-loop systems. Whether these systems are reliable enough to really take anything into the future or not yet remains to be seen, but the enthusiasm surrounding them is certainly encouraging.