I hate the ADA because of their self-serving opposition to home glucose monitoring for many years.
From http://www.mendosa.com/history.htm :
Many times [self-testing of blood glucose] has been called the most important thing since the discovery of insulin.
I went to medical school because I couldn’t get published.
Self-monitoring was especially feared by the ADA. My doctor was the president of the ADA.
Who was he? Max Ellenberg (sp). I can mention his name because he’s now deceased. He was very much opposed to self-monitoring. Most of the people connected to the ADA were even viciously opposed. Charlie may not have told you that, but the top people threatened Charlie when he started circulating the self. I published an article, self-published because no one would publish it, on how to normalize blood sugars in type 1 diabetes, and he pedaled the pavement carrying this article… He took it around to all the major universities and diabetes investigators and the ADA heard that he was doing that and threatened that if he continued to push self-monitoring, no, if they were to sell a meter to patients that they would formally recommend Lilly’s TesTape over the Ames system for testing urine. They had been neutral in the battle between the Ames system and Lilly’s TesTape system, but Charlie was told, and you can confirm this with him, that if they were to try to sell the meter to patients, the ADA would recommend the Lilly system over the Ames.
The ADA fought this tooth and nail until they caved in slightly in 1986, I believe it was October. There was a joint meeting of the ADA and AADE, that is representatives of the ADA and AADE and a few other organizations, and by this time the demand from the patients was so great that the ADA caved in and said that they would find self-monitoring as an acceptable mode of treatment for those who take insulin, just those who take insulin, which automatically ruled out 90% of diabetics, and that was in 1986, 17 years after they first knew about it.
They are moral dirt.