DiabetesPowerShow #172 "Sometimes it feels like the whole world is falling apart." Special guest: Dr. William Polonsky This episode of DiabetesPowerShow #172 was recorded on Monday, November 6, 2017. This show is not directly related to Diabetes. It was, however, inspired by emails from a significant number of DPS listeners, going through some very hard times as a result of recent tragic events. We made the decision to postpone the release of this show. We felt that it was too soon to publish some of the content. One of the terrible events happened only 24 hours before we recorded the show. We share listener experiences with the recent hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and the mass-shootings in Las Vegas (our home base) and Texas. This episode is dedicated to and in support of the people who continue to feel the effects of these tragic events. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. God bless you all.
Dec 3, 2017
On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie, Lori, and Chris welcome Dr. Travis Stork. In 2016, Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, joined a nationwide movement – For Your SweetHeart™: Where Diabetes and Heart Disease Meet – to raise awareness of the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The initiative seeks to encourage those with type 2 diabetes to know their risk and speak to their healthcare provider, for the sake of their health and the people they cherish the most. Dr. Stork partnered with For Your SweetHeart, in remembrance of his grandfather, who had type 2 diabetes, to urge people with type 2 diabetes to take the Heart You Quiz, and sign-up for more information to learn more about their risk for heart disease. Because of his grandfather’s experience, Dr. Stork learned about the importance of managing the condition, before he ever became a doctor. As a grandchild of someone who was directly impacted by type 2 diabetes, Dr. Stork shares his personal connection to type 2 diabetes – his grandfather’s story – and why this campaign is close to his heart. This Grandparents Day (September 10), we encourage you to help educate your family members and loved ones about the critical link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to a national survey, more than half (52 percent) of adults with type 2 diabetes are unaware of their increased risk for heart disease and related life-threatening events, such as heart attack, stroke or even death. To learn more about the For Your SweetHeart movement, which was developed and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as take and share the Heart You Quiz, please visit https://www.foryoursweetheart.com.
Sep 7, 2017
On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry talk about a few tips and ideas for surviving the hot summertime for people with Diabetes. We are also joined, in studio, by two friends from Boston. Fernanda Copeland and David Franklin, from Intarcia Therapeutics, contribute some great advice.
Aug 2, 2017
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and can't stand using your CPAP machine... Your Dentist may have the answer to getting your life back. Alternate Methods for Testing and Treatment On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry welcome back, live in-studio, Dr. Gil Suarez. This time, he is joined by his 'OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TEAM’. You can also listen to the last time Dr. Suarez was on our show… ‘Show #130 Diabetes and Your Teeth’ (Oct 29, 2015) On show #149 with Dr. Rachakonda D. Prabhu, we talked about Obstructive Sleep Apnea. He shared a variety of treatments, with CPAP as the "Gold Standard" therapy for the condition. Many people, diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are “non-compliant", because of the difficulty of wearing a CPAP mask. For many people, refusing to wear the mask can be very dangerous, even fatal, to their health. Today's show is for those "CPAP intolerant" folks, who would like to have their lives back. Dr. Suarez and his team share with us some Alternate Methods for Testing and Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Jul 23, 2017
On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry welcome Columnist/Author Adam Brown. Adam Brown, diagnosed with Diabetes in 2001, serves as Senior Editor and Columnist at diaTribe, and Head of Diabetes Technology & Digital Health at Close Concerns. Adam writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, , which has brought actionable Diabetes tips to over 600,000 people since 2013. His first book, , was published on May 9, 2017. Adam writes and speaks extensively about Diabetes and chronic disease, and at age 28, is recognized as a leading expert in Diabetes technology. Adam graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, as a Joseph Wharton and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He spends his free time outside in San Francisco, drinking tea, hiking with his girlfriend, Priscilla, and teaching his old dog new tricks. Links: Or
Jun 15, 2017
This week, we were in Boston, on lots of Diabetes-related business. We were able to spend some time at Joslin Diabetes Center, and on campus at Harvard Medical. We also enjoyed the company of some old friends in the “D” community, and met some new ones. A fantastic week in the historic city of Boston. On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry are broadcasting from the offices of GrassrootsDiabetes.org in Boston, Massachusetts. We are honored to speak with the Founder and Executive Director, Richard A Jackson, MD. Richard A Jackson, MD - Founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Diabetes. Dr. Jackson is an Endocrinologist and founder and President of Health Analytics Solutions, which provides proprietary data analysis and visualizations from a variety of healthcare databases, as well as consultations on chronic disease management. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center. He is an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoys spending time at Fenway Park throughout the baseball season. More About Dr. Jackson The On the Road program was developed in 2001 collaboration with colleagues at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Dr. Bill Polonsky, a world-renowned diabetes psychologist, Melinda Maryniuk, an award-winning diabetes educator, the USDA, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Extension Services. For more than a decade, OTR was field-tested and modified with over 15,000 participants across the US. In 2012, Dr. Jackson and the On the Road team were awarded the prestigious Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center award, as a part of the Affordable Care Act, to assess new types of low-cost approaches to healthcare. This 3 year award further validated and refined the OTR program, prompting Dr. Jackson to found Grass Roots Diabetes, in the hopes that the OTR program reaches as many people as possible around the world. In addition to being Founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Diabetes, Dr. Rich Jackson is also Founder and President of Health Analytics Solutions, which provides proprietary data analysis and visualizations from a variety of healthcare databases, as well as consultations on chronic disease management. During his 30 years at Joslin, Dr. Jackson was a Mary K. Iacocca Fellow, and received the Cookie Pierce Research Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, became head of the Immunology Section, and started the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at the Joslin. He was involved with early trials to prevent type 1 diabetes, and was a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Trial - Type 1 (DPT-1), the first NIH funded multi-center study for type 1 diabetes prevention. Beginning in 2001, he developed outreach programs in underserved areas, and was awarded a prestigious 5 million dollar Medicare/Medicaid Innovation award, to further develop these programs, using community health workers. His non-profit, Grass Roots Diabetes, is extending the impact of these programs. In addition, Dr. Jackson served as Director of Medical Affairs for Joslin’s extramural programs, with a variety of outside partners. He was also Medical Director for Joslin’s national clinical affiliation program, for which he established and tested a new set of clinical metrics for evaluating practices.
Jun 1, 2017
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.
Apr 10, 2017
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.
Mar 26, 2017
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.
Mar 13, 2017
#163 ALL GROW'D UP! 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.
Mar 6, 2017