DiabetesPowerShow (general)
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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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A letter from a DiabetesPowerShow listener...

Hello Diabetes Power Show,

A quick note to say thank you for the time you take to educate the diabetic community. My wife and I have learned so much from your pod cast and guests over the past six months. I am a type 1 diabetic who uses an Omnipod insulin pump and CGM. I developed pancreatitis five years ago and was required to go into the hospital every three weeks to have stents placed into my pancreatic ducts to move forward with simple life activities. After eighteen months, my doctor at the University of Colorado linked me to an excellent team at the University of Minnesota to perform a Total Pancreatectomy and Auto Islet Transplantation. The surgery was 17 hours and my islet cells were transplanted into my liver. I had a 40% chance the cells would take and I would not need insulin or be diabetic. I was also informed before the surgery that I had tested positive for a GAD antibody and there was an increased chance that my system would attack the transplanted Islet cells and I would become diabetic.

As you can see, my cells did not survive and I am now a type one diabetic. However, I fully accepted the outcome and entered into the surgery expecting to come out being a diabetic. I am glad to say that the pain is gone and that is half the battle. In addition to being type 1, I will have to take enzymes for digestion for the rest of my life.
I started out taking injections but quickly found that it was impossible to stop some of the lows and 12 months later, I switched to an insulin pump. My lows tend to be a bit different then a normal diabetic. I do not have the same ability to take sugar and recover from a low within 15 or 30 minutes. At times, it may take 30-50 carbs to move my BG up 30-40 points. The recovery process from my lows are different every time. My CGM has saved my life a minimum of 6 times and I am thankful to have the technology. I am also thankful to have an insulin pump that can be suspended to stop the lows.

My A1C has ranged from 6.9 - 9.8 and is now at 7.2.  I eat close to the same food each day and my diet is low fat and low carb due to my impaired ability to digest certain foods. I live off of Quest nutrition Shakes (link below) and Quest Nutrition bars. The bars are low sugar, low net carbs and high in fiber and protein (and they are good). The shakes are low sugar, low carb, low fat and high in protein. Even non diabetics who like to eat healthy enjoy the bars and shakes! I have also recently discovered Paleo bars (Sunflower butter) and the bars are also low sugar, low net carbs and taste good.

My success is due to the love and support of my wife. I would not be where I am today without her continuous care and concern for my well being. She has been with me every step of the way and has never given up on me or my health. I see the stress the disease causes her and she worries about my overall health and longevity of life. We have been married for 24 years and we hope the future blesses us with many, many more.
I have been fortunate enough to have excellent doctors who respond to e-mail, phone calls and are experts in their professions. At some point, they may add value to your show and have the ability to help others who listen to your POD cast.. After all they have been successful keeping me alive and when you consider I have no pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, appendix, no pain and am a type 1 diabetic… That is no small feat…
Through the process, I have found that no one is the same and we all have different struggles with the same goals in mind. To live a normal life, love our families and contribute to society. 

Thanks again for providing such amazing insight into the ever changing world of diabetes. You are helping the diabetic community in more ways than you will ever know!

Steve and Christy Ewing

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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow Charlie, Chris, Theresa, and Chris celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day with a couple of Family Diabetes Stories. Theresa Moore's Father, Randy LeBlanc, and Chris Moore's Brother, Shawn (and Shawn’s Daughter, Savanna)



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#130 Diabetes and Your Teeth

On today's DiabetessPowersShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore and Chris Daniel talk about Diabetes and your teeth with Dr. Gil Suarez and Dr. Curry Leavitt. 

Dr. Gil Suarez


Dr. Suarez attended University of Nevada-Reno for his undergraduate degree in biology, and graduated from the University Of Maryland Baltimore College Of Dental Surgery with his D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree in 1993.
After graduating from dental school, Dr. Suarez completed a one year hospital residency, and then moved to Las Vegas in 1994.
Dr. Gil Suarez is a family and cosmetic dentist, who has been successfully practicing in Las Vegas for 21 years. He is a devoted father of two children: Sofia age 13 and Nico age 11.
Dr. Suarez is very dedicated to health and fitness in his spare time; he practices yoga on a regular basis as well as strength training.


Dr. Curry Leavitt


Dr. Leavitt is a native of Las Vegas, who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biology at the University of Utah. He graduated cum laude from Temple
University School of Dentistry, where he received numerous awards in research and clinical achievement. After graduating dental school, he was accepted into the
University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Periodontology program, where he received training in multiple surgical and medical disciplines. Dr. Leavitt received dual certificates
in Periodontology from UAB, and from the Birmingham Veterans Affairs hospital.
Dr. Leavitt enjoys teaching, and has lectured to large groups concerning the effects of periodontal disease on systemic health and ridge augmentation techniques. He is also an
adjunct professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicines dental GPR program. Dr. Leavitt has interests in esthetic gingival surgery, bone augmentation, and dental
implant surgery, and attends and lectures at multiple meetings each year to provide cutting edge technology and techniques for the benefit of his patients.

Direct download: 130_Diabetes_and_Your_Teeth.mp3
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#129 Rodney Miller

On today's DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry shares his thoughts upon returning home from his 40 year high school class reunion. (Oh my!)

Then Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel are joined by Rodney Miller. Rodney is a Type 1 Diabetic, as well as a Competitive Strongman who resides in Midland, Texas with his wife Suzanne, daughter Kiera, and two Great Danes, Eisen and Fergus. He uses his sport to bring more awareness and advocacy to the Diabetic community. Having dealt with Type 1 for the last 28 years, Rodney has a unique perspective on the disease. Rodney's mantra of "Diabetes doesn't define who I am as a person" promotes a sense self-empowerment in others. When Rodney isn't lifting cars or picking up large stones, he is a petroleum landman in the oil and gas industry. Having spent 10 years working and negotiating in a high-risk field such as this takes a resiliency that he attributes to his years of dealing with a 24/7 disease. Rodney also provides training programs and performance-based nutrition for clients all over the United States.
Coming soon...

Look for his documentary on what it is like to be an athlete and a diabetic. 

Follow Rodney on Facebook at -Inside the Diabetic Athlete-

Direct download: 129_Rodney_Miller.mp3
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On today's DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel welcome David Edelman.

David is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and advocate with a passion for helping people live healthier, happier and more hopeful lives.

Two of his major roles are as Co-Founder and CEO of Diabetes Daily, a leading diabetes online community, and Director of Product Strategy at LabStyle Innovations, creators of Dario, a smartphone-powered blood glucose meter and diabetes management platform. 

The thread that connects his work is a belief that we can create smart software to help people understand their health, figure out what to do next, and sustain positive choices for the long run. In practice, this means bringing together real-time health data (blood sugars, activity levels, food choices), providing contextually relevant education, and sustaining positive behaviors through social support. 

David's other passions include promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in Northeast Ohio. He is President of the Hebrew Free Loan Association, a non-profit organization that has been providing interest-free loans to responsible individuals since 1904. They have helped over 25,000 families with over $8.5 million dollars in loans.

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Direct download: 128_David_Edelman-Thriving_with_Diabetes.mp3
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