Lessons learned from the Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference

Amy Tenderich Health Guide
  • Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com.

    Last year, I attended the first Northern California iteration of the fabulous Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conference series. I was blown away by: 1) how informative a one-day event can be, 2) how fun and motivating it was {even when sacrificing an entire precious Saturday}, and 3) how many hundreds -- no thousands! -- of other people with diabetes {and all the same questions and frustrations} live right in my area. Oh-so-definitely worth attending, whether you're a Type 1 or 2, young or old, in good control or not.

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    Did I mention that TCOYD is the brainchild of Dr. Steven Edelman, Professor of Endocrinology andImgp2906_1 Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego? Which wouldn't be all that interesting except that he's a high-energy Type 1 diabetic himself -- and generally hilarious and wacky guy (meant as a term of endearment, of course.)

    Anyway, this year I attended the 2nd annual Santa Clara event in another capacity. I actually came within an inch or two of presenting, but since the break-out rooms were in short order, I ended up manning my own DiabetesMine.com booth, meeting and greeting and talking to folks from all walks of life about using the Internet as a diabetes tool, so to speak. Both exhilerating and exhausting.

    What I learned this year was that: 1) there's an incredible need for Spanish-language materials on diabetes self-care, and 2) all the players -- health plans, providers, pharma and device companies and so on -- are grappling with how to convey clear and accurate information to the patients who need it most. Which made me feel very proud indeed of my hard work at DiabetesMine.com, aimin' to fill that gap :)

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Published On: November 17, 2006