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Hypoglycemia..."The Boogeyman under the bed"...

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hypoglycemia, but were afraid to ask…
Today on DiabetesPowerShow, we ask one of the finest Endocrinologists in the country, Dr. C. R. Kannan, the tough questions about this dreadful condition. Somehow, the DPS team manages to produce a fun, and funny show involving a very serious topic, Hypoglycemia, while learning more than we ever knew about it.


Joining us today in studio, C. R. Kannan, M. D.

Dr. Kannan is presently Director of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Red Rock Medical Center in Las Vegas.  He served as Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas from 2009 to 2013, with teaching and patient responsibilities. He was also Consultant in Endocrinology at Southwest Medical Associates in Las Vegas, from 2003 to 2010.

He moved to Nevada in 2003, following many years of academic and clinical practice in Chicago. He is the former Chairman of Endocrinology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and Associate Chairman of Endocrinology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. He was responsible for the combined Endocrinology Fellowship Program of Rush Presbyterian and Cook County Hospitals.  He is a tenured Professor of Medicine at Rush University, Chicago. During his tenure at Cook County and Rush Presbyterian, he won the Teacher of the Year Award ten (10) times.

He has single-authored four (4) medical textbooks, and has served as an editor of the Year Book of Endocrinology for 15 years.  He has also co-authored several original articles in peer-reviewed journals.


DiabetesPowerShow Co-Host, Chris Daniel, who has Type One Diabetes, often experiences Hypoglycemia Unawareness. So when he repels off of a 300 foot cliff, his glucose numbers have to be in check. Last weekend, Chris tested his adventuresome skills at beautiful Lake Powell, where he pushed himself to the limit. Check out pics at DiabetesPowerShow.com


Direct download: 150_Hypoglycemia.mp3
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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow.com, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, Chris Daniel and Guests, talk about Sleep Apnea, the not-so-silent killer. To help guide us through this disturbing, and all too common health issue, and it’s effects on people with Diabetes, we welcome, live in studio, Dr. R D Prabhu. 
Dr. Prabhu is a seasoned medical doctor with over 40 years of experience. He is a noted specialist in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine.

He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

As the Director of The Sleep Center of Nevada, Dr. Prabhu has a very special interest in sleep medicine, because of the tremendous impact sleep has upon the overall health of his patients.


The Sleep Center of Nevada


Direct download: 149_Sleep_Apnea.mp3
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#148 When Diabetes Technology Fails...

Do you have a backup plan?


Isn't technology wonderful?

But what happens when things break down?

Do you have a backup plan?

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, we figure out an Emergency Plan B.


Direct download: 148_Backup_Plan.mp3
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#147 HAPPINESS BY THE NUMBERS / 9 Steps to Authentic Happiness

by Dr. Heather Silvio

Do you want to be happy and healthy in body, mind, and spirit? Are you living the life of your dreams? Allow Happiness by the Numbers: 9 Steps to Authentic Happiness to guide you to increase physical health, by improving how you care for your body, enhancing emotional health, by uncovering the real you and what you want, and strengthening spiritual health, by heightening your connection to self and others. Recognize that dreams are the reality you have yet to create. Regardless of your current life circumstances, this transformational program will show you how you can choose happiness. By using a step-by-step guide to making immediate, short-term, and long-term changes, you can dramatically increase your subjective sense of happiness.

What does all of this have to do with Diabetes? EVERYTHING!!!


Happiness by the Numbers on Amazon


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On today’s show we welcome, live in studio, Podiatrist, Dr Denise Tropea.
Dr. Tropea is a Board certified Podiatrist and foot surgeon with a special interest in Diabetic foot care and wound care

Taking care of your feet is extremely important with Diabetes. It doesn't matter whether you have Type One or Type Two, foot care is a critical part of your Diabetes wellness.

Dr. Tropea gives us the information we need to avoid the complications that can lead to serious foot problems like neuropathy and even amputation.

Direct download: 146_Happy_Feet.mp3
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On today's show, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel welcome the Middlebrook family. 13 year old Conner was diagnosed T1D at the age of 2 1/2. Conner and his parents share with us their Diabetes journey.

Also on today’s show, Charlie’s 6 year old Grandson is in the studio to add his two cents to the show…very cute. (See pic)

Chris and Theresa share their experience on Chris’s Birthday. They fought zombies, and won the zombie apocalypse. (See pics)

Also, Alysia, Charlie’s Daughter-in-law updates us on her health, after 2 bouts with Gestational Diabetes.

A great time was had by all!



Charlie Cherry was invited to speak to teenage people with Type One Diabetes at the JDRF T1D Nation Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his team from DiabetesPowerShow.com did what they know best...they brought a radio station set to the event venue. The idea was to do a role play with a twist. The parents played the part of a T1D teen, and the teen played the part of an adult radio personality. The radio interviewer...played by the teen...has to interview the T1D teen, played by the parent. The desired outcome is to spark conversation about their Diabetes. This is an audio clip (after all, it is radio) of Conner, "with an e", one of the teens who is interviewing an adult, and Chris Moore from DiabetesPowerShow, who is playing the part of a 13 year old boy. This was unscripted and unrehearsed...


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On today's show, it’s all about the impact of Diabetes on the Hispanic- Latino community. To help us with this important topic, we welcome Dr. Felipe Gomez.

Dr. Gomez is a physician with well over 40 years experience in medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in McAllen, Texas. He is passionate about all things medical, but especially issues that affect the Hispanic-Latino population.
He was born in Mexico, and attended medical school in Mexico City, before coming to the United States.

He has seen first-hand the ravages of Diabetes upon the Hispanic-Latino population. This makes him extremely passionate, as he practices in a very large Hispanic-Latino area within the United States. He has extensive knowledge on what needs to be done to fight the war on Diabetes. As a physician, and a member of the Hispanic-Latino community, Dr. Gomez takes great care of this at-risk population.

DiabetesPowerShow is hosted by: Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moor, and Chris Daniel.

Direct download: 144_Diabetes_in_Hispanic-Latino_population.mp3
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On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel welcome William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE.

Dr. Polonsky shares his wisdom on dealing with Diabetes Burnout and the emotional aspects of Diabetes.

About 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. Most recently, 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 has served on the editorial boards of Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Health. His most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, blood glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes, physician and patient attitudes towards insulin and oral medications, group-based behavior change programs, the influence of continuous glucose monitoring on quality of life, and emotional and behavioral responses to the diagnosis of diabetes.



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On today's DiabetesPowerShow, We welcome the Leavitt family. The entire family was in studio to share their Diabetes journey...times two. Lots of laughter and lots of tears. A fun time was had by all. 

About the Leavitt Family

Jason and Michelle have been married for 18 years, and have three children; Jace the oldest son is 16, Erick the middle son is 13, and the youngest is daughter Oaklie who is 11. Their diabetic journey started in November 2011, when Michelle took Erick to the doctor, for what she believed was a urinary tract infection, due to frequent urination. Erick was diagnosed with T1D, which opened up a whole world the family knew nothing about. Over the next couple of years, the family worked to control Erick’s blood sugars, while learning all they could about T1D. This led them to become very involved with the JDRF.

Almost exactly three years later, in November of 2014, their daughter, Oaklie, was also diagnosed with T1D, after exhibiting similar signs to what Erick had shown. Although mentally and emotionally difficult to comprehend having another T1D, they were confident in maintaining a healthy and normal life for now two of their children. The Leavitts have taken a positive outlook, and learned to embrace their new life of living with T1D. They continue to be involved with the JDRF, as both Erick and Oaklie are Youth Ambassadors for the organization, as well as participating in the One Walk yearly.

This year, both Jason and Erick will be participating in the JDRF Ride to Cure in Tucson, Arizona, which is a 104 mile bike ride to support T1D.

Click here for their ride page.

Upon learning that Oaklie was also T1D, one of the changes that had to be made was their walk team name, which up to that point was Team diabErick. A party was held with all of their walk team supporters, as a kick off to introduce the new team name.

Click here for video of the retirement of the old name and the introduction of the new.

Direct download: 142_The_Leavitt_Family.mp3
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On today's DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Moore, Theresa Moore, and Chris Daniel welcome Patrick Sheehan.

Patrick is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, where he focused his studies on Biomedical Engineering. From a young age, Patrick’s father, Dr. Peter Sheehan, a pioneer of T2D prevention and management, actively engaged him in his work in addressing the crisis relating to diabetes, its complications, and obesity. While finishing up his third year of college, his father’s sudden passing sparked his dedication to continue his father’s legacy, by co-founding the Peter Sheehan Diabetes Care Foundation. Working alongside his mother and many of his father’s former colleagues, Patrick is passionate about promoting his father’s philosophy, that prevention is the best approach to curbing the diabetes epidemic.

Short bio about PSDCF: http://www.psdcfoundation.org

The Peter Sheehan Diabetes Care Foundation seeks to reduce the incidence of T2D, while improving the lives of those already afflicted with the disease. We seek to improve T2D care and prevention for at-risk populations, educate communities to prevent the onset of T2D and the complications, and organize forums for scientific ideas exchange to further the understanding of T2D. PSDCF is passionate about taking on the global T2D epidemic, by empowering communities with the necessary tools to manage and improve their health.

Our current activities: 

• Sheehan Population Health Initiative: 
◦ projects in Chinatown NYC (our initial project), Seneca Nation, Jamaica, Russia
◦ We are partnering with University of Buffalo Center for Integrated Global Health Sciences and SUNY Global Health Institute to provide data analytical support
◦ Purpose: PSDCF works with culturally competent clinics in order to effectively deliver patient-centered health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients. We support patient care teams to help formulate personalized plans of care and improve patient motivation and self-management. We support the use of EMR for collection of evidence-based population health data to drive the use of risk prediction tools and assist doctors in decision-making. We support population-specific academic studies on the efficacy of diabetes medication. We support the use of telemedicine and outpatient services to ease patient access to care and improve the efficacy of plans of care

• Cuba Scientific Exchange Program: March 29-April 3rd, 2016
◦ PSDCF will send a team of five leading U.S. doctors in the field of diabetes to Cuba to meet with a team of eight Cuban physicians and to visit labs and health facilities around the country

• Diabetes Prevention Education
◦ Currently organizing projects at Dartmouth College (April 23rd, 2016) and Puerto Rico (projected for August-September, 2016) to address diabetes from 'teenager to grandfather’ - a community approach that engages multiple generations of a family

• Inaugural Diabetes Complications: Prevention & Management Conference in NYC on August 5-6, 2016
◦ The mission is to create the open discussion of present and future developments in the biology, treatments, and technology involved in diabetes. 

• 15th annual Wound Healing: Science & Industry Conference in Puerto Rico in February 2017 (my father founded the conference in 1999)
◦ The mission is to update practicing, research, and industry scientists on the timeliest advances in wound healing. 

Direct download: 141_Type_2_Diabetes_Prevention_and_Management.mp3
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