Thursday, November 6, 2008

diaTribe - A Great Resource for Diabetics


As regular readers of my blog know, I'm a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 means I have the type of diabetes that you treat by taking insulin. From my understanding of this version of diabetes, most people with type 1 get it when they're very young. I was luckier and didn't develop symptoms until I was in university. I say "luckier" because I do feel spared in some way that I didn't have to be a child burdened with a fear of hypoglycemia, which is also known as insulin reactions or low blood sugar. Even though the various forms of the disease are generally known that doesn't mean that people are necessarily well-informed. There are even some diabetics who ought to take a more active role in managing their disease. In fact, active management is key to being healthy.

I started insulin pump therapy a few years ago and, I admit with a fair amount of shame, that I've still yet to master it. It takes a lot of time and recording keeping. This is a bit ironic as in my 20s I was a model patient.

I'm glad I found diaTribe and, so far, it's pretty informative. Here is what they have to say about what they do:

Diabetes is a large and complicated field - from multinational pharmaceutical companies to sprawling clinics, from prestigious academic centers to remote research labs. It is filled with exciting breakthroughs and heartbreaking disappointments, but ultimately it's about patients like you and me who want to live long, healthy lives.

That's why we started diaTribe. Our mission is to leverage our knowledge and experience to give our readers the information they need to to live the life they want.

Each year, our team travels all over the world to gather the latest information on diabetes; we have access to Americas leading diabetes researchers and clinicians, we attend all the conferences and we've developed unmatched expertise in the business of this disease.

Unlike other newsletters, diaTribe is not just straight reporting, and it is not for everyone. As the name suggests, we have an opinion. We might rant, we might rave, we might lament or celebrate, but we will always inform and enlighten. We hope to reach that tribe of readers who are smart about diabetes, who believe in intensive management, and who are eager to learn more for themselves, perhaps, or a loved one.

In every issue of diaTribe, we bring you focused information, including:

  1. Conference Pearls - what we consider the biggest news from major and-under-the-radar-screen conferences that we attend;
  2. Logbook, a look at the human drama of diabetes by best-selling author James S. Hirsch;
  3. Learning Curve, a closer look at the science behind the news;
  4. What We're Reading, our column that highlights the top 5 percent of our monthly reading on diabetes (we review 25 magazines and journals per issue) ;
  5. diaTribe dialogue, excerpts of our conversations with key clinicians that we converse with regularly, who share with us lessons from their offices and labs;
  6. Test Drive, our personal, no-holds-barred experience with new drugs and devices.

We do all the homework, so you don't have to.

What I like is the end because I've got a lot of homework to do and I'm glad to have a bit of help sorting through all the information.

So far they have published 12 issues. You can download the .pdf files at their website. I've also put them here. It's moreso for me because I can get them easily this way, but I can share them with the Internet at large too ;)

If you have diabetes or know someone who does, take some time to check out the site.

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