Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the US and so we’re going to take a holiday break.

Everybody here at Diabetes Hands Foundation wishes you and yours a happy holiday filled with kinship, good cheer and, yes, good food.

Join us again next week when I’ll be talking with Sarah Edwards, you may know her as @curlysarah on TuDiabetes. And we’ll be talking about Diabetes Distress.

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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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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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Episode 16: Type 2 Blame & Shame with Susan Guzman

Have you ever felt blamed for your diabetes? Embarrassed to tell people you have diabetes? Do you feel that on some level having diabetes is your fault? In this episode, Corinna Cornejo and guest co-host Melissa Lee of Diabetes Hands Foundation will discuss the shame and blame that so many people with type 2 diabetes feel, diabetes awareness month initiatives, and then listen to what Dr. Susan Guzman and Emily Coles tell us about what we can do to combat it. Join us!

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

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Episode 15: The Who, Why, and How of Diabetes Hands Foundation

The staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation describe how they each came to call the non-profit their home, why they love the programs the organization runs, and how your support makes it all possible.

Featuring Corinna Cornejo, Emily Coles, Sarah Edwards, and Melissa Lee


Episode 14: D-Mom Mila Ferrer

Mila Ferrer is the community manager for our Spanish-language community EsTuDiabetes.org. She blogs at Jaime, Mi Dulce Guerrero. And her son Jaime lives with type 1 diabetes. In this episode Corinna and Mike discuss how diabetes can become a challenge for families, and we play an interview from our archives with Mila Ferrer.

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

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Episode 13: Nutrition Science

This week Mike and Corinna talk about Nutrition Science and talk about Gary Taubes’ perspective on the topic. Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist. He is probably best known for his two books Why We Get Fat and What We Can Do About It and Good Calories, Bad Calories.

He can be found on the net at: garytaubes.com

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Episode 12: Health Coaching with Fit2Me

This week Corinna and Mike talk about the Fit2Me diet and lifestyle coaching program. Fit2Me is a free program created by and run by AstraZeneca. It is the only diabetes diet and lifestyle support program to offer the guidance and encouragement of “digital coaches” who help users through the process and celebrating successes along the way.

We also interview registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Susan LaRue. Susan works for AstraZeneca, where she brings a deep knowledge of clinical, behavioral, patient, and healthcare professional perspectives to the development of tools to manage diabetes.

Fit2Me focuses on four key areas of diabetes management – food, activity, support team and treatment support.

FoodFit2Me has a database of more than 10,000 diabetes-friendly recipes, based on criteria from the American Diabetes Association. After providing their likes and dislikes when it comes to cuisine and ingredients, individuals receive their own customized recipe selections allowing them to pick a single meal or create a weekly meal plan.
Activity – Fit2Me has a database of more than 500 physical activities and focused exercises, most of which have videos with step-by-step instructions. Users can customize a personal activity program based on their activity level and preferences, with exercises covering lifestyle, cardio, strength and flexibility.
Support Team – Fit2Me offers each user a digital coach, whose responses to questions help plan and celebrate successes. The program offers users the opportunity to select from a number of digital coaches to ensure they’re paired with the one that is best-suited to motivate them.
Treatment Support – Fit2Me offers treatment and appointment reminders, blood sugar trackers, and a personalized treatment kit that includes information about type 2 diabetes and treatment options from AstraZeneca that they can discuss with their doctor.

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Episode 11: Completing Our Mission

This week Mike and Corinna talk about “Completing Our Mission” and play a talk Emily Coles, Head of Communities at Diabetes Hands Foundation gave at #MasterLab last July.

Emily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 3 and has a background in public health and holds degrees in Biology and Epidemiology. She is committed to outreach and actively fundraises for causes related to AIDS, women’s health, and diabetes, having recently ridden her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the AIDS Lifecycle ride to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS.

#MasterLab is a day of advocacy held in conjunction with CWD’s Friend For Life conference in Orlando, Florida every summer. If you’re interested in joining us next summer visit: http://www.diabetesadvocates.org/MasterLab

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Episode 10: Dealing With Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes burnout is real. This week Corinna and Mike discuss their experiences with burnout and we play an interview we did with Author Ginger Vieira. Ginger wrote the book Dealing With Diabetes Burnout: How to recharge and get back on track when you feel frustrated and overwhelmed living with diabetes. Her book is an inspiring and empowering guide to managing the daily work and pressure of diabetes management.

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Episode 8: Searching For The Cure

This week Corinna and Mike talk about some of the research that Dr. Michael Haller is doing through TrialNet. Haller’s work has focused on genetics, environment, prevention and cure. They also discuss why “prevention” is sometimes seen as a dirty word and analyze Haller’s optimistic and hopeful yet also realistic look at the race toward a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Some links discussed in this episode:

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