A simple browse on any app store for health related apps will leave you overwhelmed. In 2013, there were over 31,000 health, medical and fitness apps available, according to mHealth Watch. I have to admit that I am a sucker for bright, fun and easy to use apps. However, I don’t just mindlessly use health and fitness apps, which brings me to another confession I should make – I’m such a nerd when it comes to logging data and seeing patterns. There’s something oddly satisfying about being to see what your body is doing day to day, how it varies and what factors cause things to change. However, with an incessant amount of things we are able to track, how much health monitoring is too much where it becomes almost obsessive?
At the recent Australian Diabetes Society / Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADS/ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting, I ran into one of my first endocrinologists. He was my doctor back in the day before I knew much about healthcare and even before I met another person with diabetes. I wasn’t sure why I was so surprised to see him there. After all, it was a diabetes conference for health professionals and researchers working in the diabetes field. Initially, I didn’t think much of it. But I remembered everything that he had done for me and how he inspired me to really pursue a career in healthcare, even though I didn’t realise it at the time. So I approached him to say hi, but what came out from my mouth was totally not what I had planned. Continue reading “Giving Thanks”
Over the two main days of the Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators Association, I was sick. My body loves timing these things well and over this week, I finally conceded defeat and took time off for the first time in a long while. Although that meant missing most of the conference, I was still able to get down to the Technology in Diabetes session on Wednesday as well as the Consumer Outreach Program on the Friday.
Disclaimer: I was sponsored by OzDOC to attend the Consumer Outreach Program on the basis of shamelessly plugging of one of the best communities I have ever been involved with.