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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry are broadcasting from the offices of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego, California. We are honored to speak with William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE and Susan Guzman, PhD.

Today, it’s all about what we at DiabetesPowerShow refer to as the people with Type 3 Diabetes…AKA Family Members, Loved Ones, and Friends of People with Diabetes.

Dr. Polonsky and Dr. Guzman help us explore the many dynamic emotions and challenges that are experienced, not only by the people with Diabetes, but by those who love them.

Diabetes is not a solo act…family and friends are as much a part of the process as the person with Diabetes.


William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE

Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology.

An active researcher in the field of behavioral diabetes, Dr. Polonsky’s most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, and glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes.

Susan Guzman, PhD

Susan Guzman, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes.  Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming barriers to management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout the lifespan. Dr. Guzman is co-founder and Director of Clinical/Educational Services at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), the first non-profit organization devoted to the emotional and behavioral aspects of living with diabetes. At BDI, she developed programs for people with diabetes and their families and co-facilitates CME programs for Healthcare Professionals. 

Direct download: 166_Behavioral_Diabetes_Institute.mp3
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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry welcome Doris Hobbs.

Doris Hobbs has a passion for the fashion from a very glamorous time in our history. She loves all things 1940’s and 50’s, especially the new Christian Dior styles from 1947. She brings back this glamour on her website, RichInLoveFashion.com capturing stunning images from the golden age of Hollywood. Doris is thriving with Type One Diabetes.

At age 33, the first thing Doris realized after been diagnosed as a Type One Diabetic, was that she had two options: She could allow it to control her life, or find the unbinding courage from within the tragedy; She chose courage.

The next few days were consumed with perplexed emotions, mostly of denial, pooled from the self-belief that she could be a rare case and mysteriously cured. She was given a new role and lifestyle as a Type One Diabetic. She immediately chose to not wear it as a sympathy garment; instead, she would rather re-fashion how others perceive such a life-altering disorder. Aside from a select group of family and friends that knew of her health struggles, she somehow managed, two days after the news was confirmed, to conduct an on-location photo-shoot for her website, Rich in Love Fashion. She knew, without a doubt, at that moment, she had a purpose on earth, and found herself more determined to not allow Diabetes to hinder her little girl dreams.

We, as a society, have a tendency of suppressing our fears, as mastering those can be difficult, and takes large amounts of will and courage to look in the mirror and say, “I will succeed; I can do this!” The relationship between one’s journey of self-growth and courage tends to evoke feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, but allowing such emotions to take center stage is moral injustice. At birth, each and every one of us is embedded with a purpose or talent, which provides us the blueprints of our life’s story, which must be written and shared.

“From all of my lessons and blessings in the last 2 1/2 years, I’ve formed an organic sense of how to live an authentic life that channels pure gratitude and glamour”.

Since being diagnosed a Type One Diabetic, Doris has provided media exposure for organizations such as: Beyond Type 1, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Alive, and has been featured on 101.7 KKIQ, 92.1 KKDV, Diabetes Connections, and Diabetes Late Nite for her advocate efforts.


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Direct download: 165_Doris_Hobbs.mp3
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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry talk about alternate site testing. How can we lessen or eliminate the pain associated with finger sticks? To help us with that question, we welcome Dr. Christopher Jacobs, the CEO and Chief Research Engineer for Genteel. He promises that the Genteel Lancing Device will challenge everything you’ve come to believe about a lancing device.

During the show, Charlie, for the first time, successfully accomplished alternate site testing, using the Genteel device. The camera clicked, as he learned that this new lancing device allows you to poke your skin once, and return to the same spot throughout the day, and draw blood without actually piercing your skin again. The unit creates a vacuum, so you can flip the lancet in the device (the sharp part) away from the skin, and do multiple blood draws from just one poke. He successfully drew blood 4 times during the show, but only stuck himself once...Charlie is now a fan of the Genteel.

Dr. Christopher Jacobs is the Chief Research Engineer in the development of Genteel, and holder of 75 United States and international patents; new medical devices and instrumentation through Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Biomedical engineer, designed and assisted in patenting world’s first variable rate cardiac pacemaker; Advanced Medical Technology (AMTEK), 1969, patented. Developed Control Systems for Artificial Kidneys (Renal Clearance); University of Southern California, 1964-1965.
Devised Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Dream Detector; USC County Hospital, 1966. Designed Electric Current Instrumentation to Treat Skin Disorders and electronic perspiration inhibition equipment; General Medical Corporation, 1972, patented. Set Up & Organized Medical Laboratories; USC Main Campus, 1964-1966. Doctoral Dissertation: “The Determinants of Maximum Expiratory Flow” (predicts how rapidly air can be expelled from lungs); results confirmed by experiment. Research helped test development of portable respirators, 1964-1967. 


Direct download: 164_AlterativeSiteTesting.mp3
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He First Joined us on the Show as a T1D Child...

He Returns as a Full Grown Man!

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry chatted with an old friend of the show. Mike Falk first appeared many years ago as a child, on an episode that we dedicated to children with Type One Diabetes. He was among 4 other kids ranging in age from 8 to 17. Mike was 10 at the time, and now he joins us again as an adult.

Mike brought along a friend, Reed Gialketsis, who also has Type One Diabetes. She and Mike have known each other from “back in the day”, when they were both young ambassadors for the JDRF community.

Also joining us in studio is Lori’s Brother, Gary, and his Wife, Ros. They do not have Diabetes, but they were a great addition to today’s show, asking questions that will help and inform people who are newly diagnosed with Diabetes.

Direct download: 163_All_Growd_up.mp3
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JFRF TypeOneNation Summit 2017 Las Vegas


On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry chatted with six T1D teens. This show took place in front of a live audience at the ‘JDRF TypeOneNation Summit’ at the famous Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.

Hundreds of children with Type-One-Diabetes, along with their families, converged on the Las Vegas Strip to enjoy the day, meeting new friends, and socializing with old friends. There were engaging speakers, classes, exhibits, break-out sessions and, of course, a live presentation of DiabetesPowershow.

Listen to the special insights and remarkable stories from our wonderful teen panelists, Erick Leavitt-14, Oaklie Leavitt-12, Conner Middlebrook-14, Savannah Frailey-15, Charles Birt-12, and Kendall Nether-15.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the teens, their parents, families, and all of the amazing people who put on such a fantastic event.

A wonderful time was had by all!


Direct download: 162_T1D_NATION_SUMMIT_2017.mp3
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#161 Type 2 Success
How good choices can lead to a better life

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry talk about living successfully with Type II Diabetes. We are joined by a man who is a good example of Type II success.

Lorell Hathcock is a husband and father of four children.  He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in July of 2015. Since then, he has found success by controlling his diet and listening to his doctor, reducing his A1C from 11.4% to 6.4%. He looks forward to improved health, as he continues to make great choices.

Direct download: 161_Type_2_Success.mp3
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#160 Hypoglycemia…To Tell or Not To Tell

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, we talk about sharing the “Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” as it pertains to Hypoglycemia events in your life. We know it is very important that we, as people with Diabetes, speak openly with our Diabetes Care Team about our highs and lows. But what about other people in our lives? Should we tell our friends and co-workers? Today we talk about how sharing could possibly save your life.

Direct download: 160_Hypo...To_Tell_or_Not_To_Tell.mp3
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On today’s show Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry talk about a wonderful program that is helping children from all around the world who have Diabetes.
Spare a Rose, Save a Child is simple: they encourage people to buy one less rose on Valentine’s Day, and donate the value of that flower to children with Diabetes. Over the past three years, the campaign has raised $55,844... providing a year’s worth of supplies to over 1,000 children. This year, the campaign will run February 1 until February 14. Their goal is to continue to provide lifesaving supplies to children in need.

‘SPARE A ROSE…SAVE A CHILD’ supports the ’LIFE FOR A CHILD’ program.


'Life for a Child' is an International Diabetes Federation program, with the vision:

Type 1 Diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring daily insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring, education and specialist health care.
Access to this life-saving treatment is often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to achieve in less-resourced countries. Without support, many young people die soon after being diagnosed. Those who survive develop complications, such as eye damage and kidney failure.

We partner with Diabetes centers in lower-income countries, to provide young people with:

    •    Insulin and syringes
    •    Blood glucose monitoring equipment and test strips
    •    Clinical care
    •    HbA1c testing
    •    Diabetes education, workshops, camps, resources
    •    Support for health professional


Direct download: 159_Spare_A_Rose...Save_A_Child.mp3
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Version 2.0...The Next 10 Years

We're baaaack!

After a long winter break, we are back with a new and improved DiabetesPowerShow. Or as we like to call it...DiabetesPowerShow Version 2.0. 
We are excited about some great changes that are taking place in our little corner of the web.
Lori, the voice our listeners have heard at the beginning of the show for all of these years, is joining Charlie and Chris as a full time Co-Host. She brings a unique prospective to the show as, what we have referred to for many years, a "Type 3 Diabetic". We here at DPS define a "Type 3" as a person who has a loved one or friend who has Diabetes. (Not to be confused with the medical / clinical Type 3 definition) 
So our team represents Type 1 (Chris), Type 2 (Charlie), and "Type 3" (Lori). We have some very exciting things in store for 2017 and beyond.


Direct download: 158_DPS_V2.0.mp3
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