Episode 29: Marriage with diabetes

In this episode, we return to the topic of relationships. Highlighting an interview with Chris and Lorraine Stiehl this podcast focuses on marriage with diabetes in the mix. Chris has been living with diabetes for more than 50 years. He and Lorraine have been married for more than 30 of those years. Together they encourage everyone with diabetes to realize they can do and be whatever they want, and share what’s worked for them in their partnership.


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Episode 27: Relationships with diabetes

Relationships with diabetes? Or diabetes in relationships? Which is it?

In this episode Corinna and Scott talk about diabetes’ effect on their personal relationships. And we play highlights from a recent interview with Daniele Hargenrader, a.k.a. The Diabetes Dominator, on this topic.

Every personal relationship can feel the effect of diabetes, not just romantic relationships. But also family relationships, work relationships, and social relationships. What are the keys to keeping these relationships healthy and helpful? Listen as we share some ideas.

You can hear the complete interview with Daniele Hargenrader here: http://www.tudiabetes.org/video/diabetes-in-relationships-with-daniele-hargenrader/.

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Dr. Sean Vasaitis presents D.A.I.L.Y., for people with type 2 diabetes

What is D.A.I.L.Y?

This new resource developed by the Endocrine Society and Hormone Health Network, called D.A.I.L.Y., or Diabetes Awareness Information for Loved Ones and You, was created by endocrinologists and diabetes experts to help people with Type 2 diabetes take control of their condition and better manage their symptoms, as well as engage loved ones for support. D.A.I.L.Y aims to help people become more active participants in their daily diabetes management and inspire them to take greater control of their health care.

Dr. Sean Vasaitis is one of the Endocrine Society members who helped to create this program.

Sean Vasaitis, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Vasaitis completed his doctoral work in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007.  He holds a masters degree in Exercise and Health Science from Miami University, Ohio and a bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Prior to his appointment at the UMES School of pharmacy, Dr. Vasaitis was a research fellow with Dr. Angela Brodie and Dr. Vincent Njar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).  At UMB he was involved in the development of novel inhibitors of androgen action for the treatment of prostate cancer.  He also is involved in clinical research in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center investigating the mechanisms by which exercise, vitamin D and complementary therapeutics affect metabolic function.

Dr. Vasaitis’ research goals follow the overarching concept of integrating Western approaches to medicine and pharmacological therapy with evidence-based complementary medicine to further a holistic approach to disease treatment.  In addition to his research in novel drug development and metabolic function, he has taught taijiquan (tai chi) to patients with stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as part of studies with Johns Hopkins Prohealth, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and within his own business practice.


Episode 24: Afrezza User

If every there was a rock star diabetes drug, Afrezza is it.

In this episode Corinna Cornejo speaks with Emily Coles about how the inhalable insulin Afrezza has captured the imagination of the diabetes patient community and its impact on the diabetes treatment landscape.

We also share highlights from a live interview with Sam Finta, aka AfrezzaUser. Sam spent years being as careful as possible and feeling like “giving up” on his diabetes. Severe depression and anxiety inspired him to seek better means of diabetes treatment. He was fortunate to obtain one of the last openings in MannKind’s Afrezza drug trial in Atlanta through Dr. Bruce Bode of the Atlanta Diabetes Center. Since then, Sam has provided honest, genuine, and truthful information about his experiences with Afrezza via social media ( on Yahoo message Boards, blogspots and others) .

You can find the complete interview with Sam Finta in our archives.

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Episode 22: BE AWESOME

Only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Yikes! Here’s how you can be part of the 8%.

In this episode Corinna Cornejo and Sarah Edwards talk about Dr. Jody Stanislaw’s BE AWESOME formula — 9 principles for creating healthy habits that stick in the long run.

Dr. Jody Stanislaw received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 from one of the top holistic medical schools in the country, Bastyr University. She has had Type 1 diabetes herself for 35 years. Ever since her diagnosis at the age of 7, she has wanted to be a model for and help others live a healthy and vibrant life in spite of diabetes….and that is exactly what she does! She has helped people all over the country not only lower their A1c, and focuses on helping patients increase their energy and feel better overall.

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Your questions, answered!! #YesSalud interview with Lorena Drago and Marina Chaparro

The #YesSalud bilingual campaign, a collaboration between the Diabetes Hands Foundation online communities and USAGov, aims to raise awareness about diabetes; different types, prevention and how to help loved-ones with diabetes. Every week in November we will be presenting a different theme, with the goal to provide as much information and as many resources to our community as possible.

Throughout the month of November the #YesSalud campaign has encouraged people to ask their diabetes-related questions HERE, or on twitter or facebook using #YesSalud.  We have been collecting these questions, and this live-streamed event will focus on discussing and answering them!!  Join us on December 3rd to learn what others have asked and how our experts, Lorena and Marina answer your questions.

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes educator.  Lorena Drago

Lorena specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education and is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She founded, Hispanic Foodways which received the New York City Small Business Award in 2006. She developed the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups that has the calorie and carbohydrate amounts of common foods embossed on each cup and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards that have pictures and nutrition composition of common Hispanic foods.

Lorena served on the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors from 2006-2010, Chair for Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition. She was Past President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in 2004. Lorena won the Diabetic Living People’s Choice Award in 2012.

She is the author of the book Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes published by the American Diabetes Association. She is a contributing author and co-editor of the book Cultural Food Practices and Diabetes, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and print communications chair for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialty Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena’s new publication, The 15-Minute Consultation Guide will be published in 2016 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena has appeared on several national TV shows speaking about diabetes management.

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Marina Chaparro, RDN, CDE, MPH, is a bilingual pediatric and diabetes nutrition expert. She is a certified diabetes educator at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she provides comprehensive diabetes education to children and families and instructs patients on the latest technology advances in diabetes care.

Chaparro is an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer and is often asked to speak on topics such as childhood obesity, infant nutrition, diabetes and Latino Health issues. She is National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has extensive experience providing science-based commentary to major media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Univision Media, Miami Herald and Reuter’s Health. Marina often contributes articles and story ideas to print and online communication channels where she translates nutrition science into practical every-day information for consumers. Chaparro is also the founder of Nutrichicos Children’s Nutrition Center, a bilingual nutrition center specializing in pediatric nutrition that offers individualized nutrition assessments & services in both Spanish and English.

On her blog, www.nutrichicos.com, Chaparro shares reliable, practical and science-driven recommendations to help parents and families meet the nutrition needs of their children. Marina has experience working at top diabetes institutions including Joslin Diabetes Center, Mass General Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about diabetes care since her diagnosis with type 1 Diabetes at age 17. Chaparro’s background includes clinical nutrition, public speaking, public health, research and program planning with a focus on Latino health issues. She co-created a successful nutrition and physical activity program for Hispanic adolescents and their mothers, called Healthy Chicas while working in Miami Children’s Hospital. Chaparro earned a specialty certificate in pediatric weight management. Marina is a graduate of Boston University and earned a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.


Episode 20: Words Matter in Diabetes

In this episode Corinna Cornejo and guest co-host Stephen Shaul (you may know his blog happy-medium.net or his Diabetes by the Numbers podcast) discuss how the words we use have an impact on the lives of people living with diabetes.

Emily Coles interviewed Jane K. Dickinson, a nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, who has been living with type 1 diabetes for 40 years. In 1993 Jane gave her first talk on the importance of considering language when working with people who have diabetes, and she has been interested in the impact that words have on our diabetes experiences ever since. Jane oversees the (online) Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management Program at Teachers College Columbia University (www.tc.edu/diabetes) and incorporates discussions on using patient-centered and strengths-based language into each of the courses she teaches. Jane also provides diabetes education to patients, families, and health care professionals in northwest Colorado.

In March 2015 Jane began researching the effect of words on diabetes. In this live interview Jane will share the results of the focus groups she conducted, including the virtual focus group that was held here on tudiabetes. Jane’s own experience with words and diabetes, as well as her research  findings, have prepared her to work with diabetes professionals and patients alike. Jane’s goal is to help people adopt more empowering words when speaking or writing about diabetes and those who live with it.

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Episode 19: Diabetes Distress

In this episode Corinna Cornejo and Sarah Edwards discuss Registered Dietitian Vai Jun Lam’s Master Chat on diabetes distress, how to identify it and respond effectively.

The chronic aspect of diabetes is not an easy pill to swallow.  The magnitude of its effects in an individual’s lifestyle can be both overwhelming and daunting, physically and emotionally.  Diabetes distress is the confluence of anxiety and depression that can result from the challenges of daily diabetes management.  This presentation aims to talk about the relationship between anxiety and diabetes management, as anxiety and stress go hand-in-hand and can potentially affect one’s quality of life.  In fact the combination of anxiety and diabetes can exacerbate symptoms, however signs of anxiety can often be overlooked by many people.  This presentation includes various helpful tips to manage anxiety along with diabetes, as well as ways to recognize anxiety in your own or a loved one’s life.

Based in Hong Kong, Vai Jun Lam (also known as VJ) is a registered dietitian who has worked with patients of multiple backgrounds and conditions.  Her areas of expertise include nutrition support and diabetes management.  After graduating from McGill University in Canada, she worked in a community center that focused on weight management for children.  For the past two years ago, she has been a founding part of a multidisciplinary diabetes care team in Hong Kong where she provides individual and group counseling in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  Her great interest in diabetes led her to pursue a master’s degree at Teachers College Columbia University.

 

The Master Chat Series is an annual collaboration between TuDiabetes and Teacher’s College Columbia University’s Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program.  This 36-credit inter-professional master’s program is offered to clinicians who are currently in or interested in the diabetes field. As part of a course requirement, students present ‘Master Chats’ on a variety of topics they have chosen based on discussions taking place in the TuDiabetes community. Master Chats include a short presentation followed by a Q and A, and are an opportunity not only for TuDiabetes members to learn from students in this program, but also to give feedback to them in an effort to help them be the best care-givers they can be!

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Episode 18: Re-branding Diabetes

In this episode Corinna Cornejo and guest co-host Heather Gabel discuss the second in a series of LIVE Interviews with Dr. Susan Guzman, PhD.

In her last interview on TuDiabetes Susan discussed the shame and blame that people with type 2 diabetes often face, as a result of widespread misunderstanding about what causes this condition, and what it really is.  This week’s discussion will continue that conversation, but move into ideas about how to change the general public concept of type 2 diabetes from one molded by misunderstanding, misinformation and stereotyping into one of compassion, understanding and admiration for the millions of people working hard to thrive with type 2 diabetes.

Susan Guzman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes. Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming emotional challenges that interfere with management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout life. Dr. Guzman integrates empathy, acceptance and practical guidance to help people better utilize their strengths in living life with diabetes.

In 2003, Dr. Guzman co-founded the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), the first non-profit organization devoted to the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with diabetes. At BDI, she has served as the Director of Clinical/Educational Services developing and leading programs for people with diabetes and their families. She developed and led many of BDI’s clinical programs, including “Defeating the Depression/Diabetes Connection” (an intensive, multi-week series), the “Just for Parent’s Program” and “Living Well with Complications” workshop. She also held programs for women with type 1 diabetes, spouses/partners, men with diabetes, and other specialized psycho-educational programs for those with diabetes.

Dr. Guzman received her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego in 1998. She specialized in diabetes following the completion of her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego where she served as the psychological liaison to Scripps Health’s Diabetes Advisory Committee.

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T2 Series: Corinna Cornejo on Type 2 Diabetes: are we headed in the wrong direction?

12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm GMT

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Diagnosed in 2009 with type 2, Corinna was surprised by how little she knew about diabetes. She went looking for reliable, science-based info on how to manage life with diabetes and found TuDiabetes.org, which she joined in 2010.
Corinna has been known to raise her voice in support of healthcare access for all people living with diabetes. And as a second generation US-born Mexican American Corinna is particularly concerned about the effect the diabetes epidemic is having on Latino communities and communities of color.
She shares her musings on life with type 2 diabetes on her blog at spinningdinnerplates.com and on Twitter @spinningdplates.
Join Corinna and Emily in conversation about common myths and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.

Episode 17: Gastric Bypass Surgery

In this episode Corinna Cornejo and Emily Coles discuss gastric bypass surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. What does this treatment for morbid obesity entail? And how did one person make the decision to undertake bariatric surgery?

Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 95% of all cases of diabetes, with obesity being the primary cause. Current approaches to managing type 2 diabetes include lifestyle intervention (weight loss, food choices, exercise) and medications. Registered Nurse Heidi C. Hartmann-Rothe will highlight how bariatric surgery can be a powerful tool for weight loss for appropriate candidates. Gastric bypass surgery may improve type 2 diabetes, and may enable some people with type 2 diabetes to go off certain medications. Heidi will share her own journey with type 2 diabetes and life after bariatric surgery.

Heidi C. Hartmann-Rothe has been a Registered Nurse for more than 15 years, is a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University. She volunteers for Health and Hospitals Corporation in the Diabetes TeleHealth Program and is working toward becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Heidi also volunteers at Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership, a free medical clinic run by medical students for the uninsured/underinsured/homeless in Harlem, where she is providing diabetes education and building a Diabetes Education Program. Heidi lives in midtown Manhattan, New York, with her husband and two very spoiled cats.

Make a donation to Diabetes Hands Foundation by going to: https://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org/donate

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T2 Series: Susan Guzman, “Rebranding Diabetes”

In her last interview on TuDiabetes Susan discussed the shame and blame that people with type 2 diabetes often face, as a result of widespread misunderstanding about what causes this condition, and what it really is.  This week’s discussion will continue that conversation, but move into ideas about how to change the general public concept of type 2 diabetes from one molded by misunderstanding, misinformation and stereotyping into one of compassion, understanding and admiration for the millions of people working hard to thrive with type 2 diabetes.

Susan Guzman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes. Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming emotional challenges that interfere with management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout life. Dr. Guzman integrates empathy, acceptance and practical guidance to help people better utilize their strengths in living life with diabetes.

In 2003, Dr. Guzman co-founded the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), the first non-profit organization devoted to the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with diabetes. At BDI, she has served as the Director of Clinical/Educational Services developing and leading programs for people with diabetes and their families. She developed and led many of BDI’s clinical programs, including “Defeating the Depression/Diabetes Connection” (an intensive, multi-week series), the “Just for Parent’s Program” and “Living Well with Complications” workshop. She also held programs for women with type 1 diabetes, spouses/partners, men with diabetes, and other specialized psycho-educational programs for those with diabetes.

Dr. Guzman received her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego in 1998. She specialized in diabetes following the completion of her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego where she served as the psychological liaison to Scripps Health’s Diabetes Advisory Committee.