Asha Brown Talks Diabetes and Eating Disorders, Diabulimia and Recovery. 5pm PT, 8pm ET

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Asha Brown, Founder & Executive Director

Asha was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 5 years old. Throughout her childhood, diabetes was simply a way of life because her father had type 1 most of his life as well. She didn’t mind being a little different than her friends and never had a problem explaining type 1 diabetes to anyone who had questions. In fact, diabetes never created an obstacle in Asha’s life until she was old enough to understand that her weight and body size were not completely under her own control. As a dancer, actress and a fitness instructor by the time she was 17, Asha lived for movement and her body’s ability to feel good in its own skin. After reading many articles and books that gave a daunting account of weight gain associated with insulin resistance and diabetes, Asha felt the first stirring of resentment towards a disease she felt was dooming her to an inability to have the physical strength and shape that she knew she deserved and could achieve. And so she started to omit insulin occasionally when it was “necessary” to get things done.

The obsession with maintaining a healthy size and weight while coping with multiple autoimmune disorders (hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as type 1 diabetes) became a full-time job for Asha during high school and college. The lack of support for type 1 diabetics was also disheartening as most of the information discussed in the media dealt with type 2 diabetes. Asha began to omit insulin for the purpose of weight control. She also started to rely on the numbing effect of ommission to drown out the daily anxieties that people with chronic illness often battle against. She felt it was a cruel joke to have such a passion for dance and performing and to have to constantly “take it easy” due to her low blood sugars, or worry that she would have one when she was on stage. Skipping her insulin shots, or taking less than required to cover a meal, became second nature to her, and for years she struggled with the cycles of omitting insulin, binging, restricting and swearing never to do it again.

Asha wrestled, off and on, with symptoms of diabulimia beginning in her sophomore year of high school, but it began to truly take over her life in her freshman year of college. By then, it dramatically affected every single choice she made in her life, her relationships and her daily routines. The effort to keep her eating disorder a secret became all-encompassing. It wasn’t until she met the love of her life and was married that she began to consider the idea of seeking treatment for her eating disorder. For years, Asha continued to tell herself that she would stop her dangerous secretive behaviors once she was at her perfect weight. The problem with that, of course, is that there’s no such thing as a perfect weight or a perfect body — and, therefore, no end in sight. Asha soon realized she had no idea how to live without her eating disorder. And she knew she could never be the wife and life partner to her wonderful husband or truly follow her dreams of performing until she let go of her destructive behaviors.

Asha took her first step towards living fully in her life again when she had an initial assessment made at the Park Nicollet Melrose Center in 2009. She was strongly encouraged to check into the inpatient treatment program that very day due to the severity and danger of her out-of-control diabetes. And with that, she surrendered. She went through a year of treatment, starting with two weeks of inpatient care and then moving to weekly outpatient appointments, and finally monthly. Along with the wonderful support she received from the staff at the Melrose Center, she realized how supportive her family and friends could be once she finally shared her difficulties with them. Her life began to churn once again with passion, discovery and joy.

Asha’s life today is new and very different after finally coming to terms with her disorder. She is no longer imprisoned by the numbers on the scale or the fear of food. After receiving treatment, she returned to teaching yoga, a passion she had enjoyed years ago before her diabulimia took top priority. She performs often in theaters in the Minneapolis area, and delights in exploring and cooking new recipes and foods. She lives very happily with her beloved husband who has been her grounding source of support and continues to give her the courage to fight the odds associated with her type 1 diabetes, her recovery, and reminds her of so many reasons to never give up.

Asha works with families, patients, and health professionals across the USA. She uses her personal experiences with ED-DMT1 to offer hope and support to those still struggling. She also establishes relationships with eating disorder facilities and diabetes organizations across the county to help connect people to appropriate care. Asha has presented at NEDA, AADE, and JDRF, among others. She writes for Diabetes Health, Diabetes Daily, Glu, Insulin Nation, dlife, DiabetesMine, and other websites. She was a member of the ADA Woman and Diabetes Subcommittee and is a member of Diabetes Advocates and BEDA.

Depression, Anxiety and Anger Management with Bernard Golden, PhD Live! 5pm PT

Overcoming Destructive Anger and Diabetes

Bernard Golden, PhD. 

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A diagnosis of chronic illness often triggers anger, as do the many challenges that face us in managing our conditions. People with diabetes are often especially prone to experiencing anger, because of fluctuating blood glucose levels that can contribute to mood swings and make them vulnerable. Anger can harm our relationships, and human connection is critical for our health and well-being. Cultivating “healthy anger” involves learning to pause and reflect on what we’re experiencing, rather than react to them. “Healthy anger” has been shown to enhance our resilience and overall well-being. And it empowers us, because it fuels assertive (rather than aggressive) communication, which improves our success at achieving our goals and satisfying our wants and needs.



Anger is an emotion provoked when we perceive threat, and it originates in the part of the “old brain” (limbic cortex) that generates the fight-or-flight response. How each of us reacts to our anger, depends upon the habits of mind we’ve developed throughout our lives. But good news lies in the brain’s neuroplasticity; we can strengthen our prefrontal cortex, our “rational brains,” to overwrite established neural pathways and form new patterns of behavior. Drawing on neuroscience, psychology (cognitive behavior therapy) and Eastern philosophy (mindfulness, meditation, and practices in compassion and self-compassion), Dr. Bernard Golden has developed a breakthrough method to unite mind and body in the critical achievement of “healthy anger” and self-control.



Dr. Golden’s innovative framework for cultivating “healthy anger” includes:

  • Exercises in mindfulness, visualization, and reflection without judgment to make us aware of our physical & emotional triggers and help us cultivate our compassionate selves
  •  His “anger log” for charting the internal experiences that precipitate anger: our needs, desires, expectations, and negative feelings
  • Practical steps for how to:
    • Overcome a critical mind
    • Override emotional reactivity
    • Diffuse another person’s anger during a conflict
    • Let go of expectations
    • Let go of power
    • Forgive (ourselves and others)
    • Show self-compassion and empathy for others
    • Communicate assertively (rather than aggress

Mike Lawson and Mariana Gomez Talk Live about the American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference 2016. TuDiabetes Talks! 5pm PT


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So what’s all the buzz about this wonderful Annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference each year? We are going to spend the hour sharing what #AADE is, who attends AADE, the mission and vision, what the big shares and take aways were for 2016 and of course…how Diabetes Hands Foundation is involved and some of the great community partners and friends we made!

Join as live Wednesday August 17th! 5pm PT

TuDiabetes Talks about #MasterLab 2016 5pm PT, 8pm ET


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MasterLab 2016 took place on July 6th in Orlando, Florida. We had a packed house. There were over 115 advocates from more than 28 states and 8 countries.

Join in this community discussion and reflection of the day with guests Heather Gabel, Sue Hopf Rericha, Chris Clement and Mike Lawson. Let’s pack the Google Hangout House!

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4pm ET Live Interview with Conor Daly, IndyCar Driver Living with Type 1 Diabetes

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Conor Daly…

In his own words: “I’ve been at Indy car races since my birth, so it’s a dream come true. “It’s been crazy. It has been so tough. There have been a lot of moments where I have considered what else can I do. I can forget about all that stuff now. I can look forward and not look back. I want to compete every weekend for a top 10. I have no doubt we can do that and we should have a good shot at doing that.”


  • Joins Dale Coyne Racing for his first full season in Verizon IndyCar Series competition after climbing both the Mazda Road to Indy and European open-wheel ranks.
  • Has wins in both Star Mazda (now Pro Mazda) and Indy Lights competition and won the 2010 Pro Mazda title.
  • Has tested an F1 car for Force India. Won at Barcelona in GP3 and was the inaugural MRF Challenge Series champion in India.OFF TRACK• A second generation race driver, Conor is the son of professional race car driver Derek Daly, who reached the pinnacle of the sport, competing in Formula One and Indy cars for well over a decade. His mother, Beth Boles, won a Novice Jet Ski World title in 1990 and his stepfather, J. Douglas Boles, is the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.4pm ET, 1pm PT

Meet Gene Kunde, new CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation


Gene Kunde joined Diabetes Hands Foundation (parent of TuDiabetes) as CEO in December of 2015, after an extensive search by our Board of Directors, and we are thrilled to have him!! Already, Gene is making a strong showing at the helm of this important organization, as his extensive leadership experience, strong management background and enthusiasm for the crucial work we do come together to launch us into 2016.

“I consider it an honor to become the CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation,” said Kunde. “Diabetes Hands Foundation has a powerful mission, serving as an important resource for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. I wanted to be part of an organization that aids and empowers individuals and I am energized by this opportunity to realize that ambition by contributing to the growth and impact of Diabetes Hands Foundation.”

Kunde brings to Diabetes Hands Foundation nearly thirty years of executive leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is the former CEO of Birkenstock USA, LP and of Sanita Clogs, Inc. Before that he was the COO of Epson America, Inc. He is also the former COO of Strive for College.

“We are excited to have someone with Gene’s record of business success lead the organization onto what we believe will be a period of significant expansion of Diabetes Hands Foundation’s reach,” said Dennis Urbaniak, Board Chair of Diabetes Hands Foundation. Gene is uniquely suited as one who can inspire with a clear and creative vision, while also possessing a business acumen that will advance the business strategically.”

Meet Gene and learn how he sees the next year for Diabetes Hands Foundation and TuDiabetes!