Last weekend Carb DM hosted the third annual Asian Outreach Day. Fondly named Sushi, Samosas, Shumai, and Sugar, Asian Outreach Day is much more than just learning about how many carbs are in a plate of noodles. Asian Outreach Day educates families about the very real challenges faced by people with type 1 diabetes in the Asian culture.
The day got off to a lively start as a panel of parents, teens, and young adults discussed the challenges of growing up with type 1 diabetes in an Asian culture.
Dr. Katherine Fan, MD, pediatrician and psychiatrist to children, adolescents, and adults, discussed the factors affecting treatment adherence; that is, what factors affect a person’s short and long-term dedication and commitment to managing their diabetes.
Dr. Trang Ly, MD, PhD, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, gave an update on development of the artificial pancreas and described some of the clinical studies her team is doing on a closed loop system (Dr. Ly will be speaking at this week’s Type 1 Topics and they will give a more detailed talk on this very same subject, so if you are interested, mark your calendars and sign up!).
Grace Shih, RD, and Dr. Tandy Aye led a Carb Counting Workshop for Asian foods. This hands-on workshop had everyone on their feet and scratching their heads. The biggest takeaway — the portion sizes specified on Asian foods packaging can be deceptively smaller than the portions most people tend to eat!
After a delicious Indian food lunch, everyone was surely thinking about how to work off all those extra calories. Fortunately, Dr. Tariq Ahmad, Pediatric Endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland led the afternoon discussion on why exercise is important, and how people with type 1 diabetes can balance exercise and diabetes management.
Dr. Avni Shah, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, delivered the final talk for the day. She listed down some of the most common questions friends and relatives ask when they learn about a diabetes diagnosis, and advised participants how to answer them and educated them about type 1 diabetes.
Asian Outreach Day was fun and informative from start to finish, not only for Asian families living with type 1 diabetes, but for families from every background and culture. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry; we’ll be posting recaps for each topic discussed at Asian Outreach Day. Also, check out our recap from Asian Outreach Day 2015 along with presentation materials from Asian Outreach Day 2015.