Diabetes Innovators Podcast features Jerry The Bear

August 22, 2014 by
Mr Divabetic Show

Mr Divabetic Show

Don’t miss the Mr. Divabetic Show when the happy healthcare host interviews Jerry the Bear creator, Aaron Horowitz  on Tuesday, August 26, 6-7 PM, EST.

Jerry the Bear is a best friend for children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). He helps kids master their medical procedures, from counting carbs to monitoring their blood sugar levels – all through play!

Jerry the Bear is interactive, letting kids check his sugar levels with a simple squeeze of any of his fingers. If glucose is too high, a toy insulin pen along with the interactive touchscreen on the bear’s chest can be used to correct it. Moreover, Jerry can be fed various foods that come in the form of cards that the child can simply swipe across the bear’s mouth. The feedings have an effect on Jerry’s blood glucose and the child learns the relationship in a direct and interactive manner, helping to overcome the same issues that the kid eventually has to come to terms with.

The team behind the toy is currently raising money on Indiegogo to fully commercialize Jerry the Bear and  to be able to offer it to as many diabetic kids as possible. Mr. Divabetic interviews the founder and CEO, Aaron Horowitz. DONATE NOW 

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show podcast on Diabetes Innovators featuring Help Around, mySugr mobile apps, Jerry the Bear and Eugeena Patterson Mysteries.

Check out our newest game, Diabetes Phrases based on the Wheel Of Fortune

Mr. Divabetic rolls out the Red TOMATO Carpet to raise awareness  for diabetes in a fun, new way at Central Farm Markets next week!

3 Diabetes Self-Care Tips Inspired by Miranda Lambert

August 21, 2014 by
Divabetic Inspiration

Divabetic Inspiration

August’s Diva Inspiration, Miranda Lambert is inspiring us to ‘don’t get down, get DIVA’ about living with diabetes.

Miranda’s not living with diabetes but we feel she can still motivate you to GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS. Here are 3 tips inspired by  Country Superstar Miranda Lambert and her music that we feel can help to keep you happy and healthy:

BATHROOM SINK:  On Miranda’s latest album, “Platinum”, she sings about ‘putting on my makeup, puttin’ on the hard stuff, hopin’ that it passes, fake smile and eyelashes’ from the song, Bathroom Sink. Why not join Miranda at the Bathroom Sink but add an aspect of self-care into your daily beauty ritual?  Between blow drying your hair and applying your mascara you can check your blood sugars. Pricking a finger to draw a drop of blood. A spring-operated “lancet” (our favorite is by Accu-Check) does this automatically. The drop of blood is placed on a strip “reads” how much glucose is in the blood. Your doctor may suggest that you check your blood glucose several times a day. Self-blood glucose monitoring can show you how your body responds to meals, exercise, stress and medications.

AUTOMATIC: When you make eating healthy a habit it becomes ‘automatic’ and easier for you to achieve. The hard part is getting started. Miranda Lambert recently slimmed down by eating more healthfully and exercising. “I jog. I work out with my trainer. Or I’ll trick myself: I’ll go horseback riding, or Blake (Shelton) and I will go walking in the woods, and it’s like, Uh-oh, I think I accidentally did some cardio!” she told Glamour magazine. She also automatically swaps things like bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches for a high fiber green juice. For a snack, instead of Cheetos, which Miranda admitted that she loves more than anything else, the star will opt for high-fiber, low-calorie nuts. How about you? The key to making good habits stick is to discover what keeps you committed, motivated, and inspired. Creating a step-by-step action plan for reaching your goal can be very motivating and help keep you on track until it becomes ‘automatic.’

SOMETHING BAD:  According to Us WeeklyMiranda started her weight loss journey after two unflattering photos of her were published in tabloids. The star said she just “wasn’t feeling good anymore” and it prompted her to begin her expedition into healthy eating and exercise. How about you? Do you like what you see when you take a ‘selfie’? If not, why not pin that photo on your refrigerator and use it as a tool to motivate you to get back in shape! By the way, Miranda is clearly not feeling badly about herself anymore! She lost 45 pounds.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

Poor People Are 10 Times More Likely to Lose A Limb

August 20, 2014 by
Divabetic Flu Shots

Divabetic Flu Shots

A new UCLA study demonstrates that people with diabetes who live in low-income neighborhoods in California are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state.

Earlier diagnosis and proper treatment could prevent many of these amputations, the researchers say.

I’ve stood at the bedsides of diabetic patients and listened to the surgical residents say, ‘We have to cut your foot off to save your life,'” said lead author Dr. Carl Stevens, a clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “These patients are often the family breadwinners and parents of young children — people with many productive years ahead of them.

“When you have diabetes, where you live directly relates to whether you’ll lose a limb to the disease,” added Stevens, an emergency physician for 30 years at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. “Millions of Californians have undergone preventable amputations due to poorly managed diabetes. We hope our findings spur policymakers nationwide to improve access to treatment by expanding Medicaid and other programs targeting low-income residents, as we did in California in 2014.”

The researchers found that not only did people with diabetes of low-income neighborhoods like San Fernando have a tenfold higher risk of at least one amputation but that race also played a significant role.

Less than 6 percent of diabetic Californians are African American, yet blacks accounted for nearly 13 percent of the patient population undergoing one or more amputations in 2009. Conversely, Asians made up 12 percent of the diabetic population yet had less than 5 percent of diabetes-related amputations that year.

Amputation patients were most likely to be black or non–English speaking, male, and older than 65.

“The U.S. spends more health care dollars per person than any country in the world,” said co-author Dr. David Schriger, a professor of emergency medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine. “Yet we still can’t organize our health care system in a way that gives everyone adequate treatment. Should we tolerate a tenfold disparity for the loss of a limb and a patient’s ability to walk when we can prevent amputations with proper care?”

The UCLA researchers’ next step will be to tease out the most important factors contributing to amputation and to develop strategies for lowering the risk for diabetic people living in impoverished neighborhoods.People with poorly managed diabetes often suffer from a compromised immune system. As a result, a blister or other foot injury may rapidly progress to a serious, even life-threatening infection. Early diagnosis, antibiotics and expert wound care can stop the process, but patients lacking access to treatment risk gangrene and blood infections that require immediate amputation.

The research was supported by the Korein Foundation, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science, and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Anna Davis and Dr. David Zingmond of UCLA, and Dr. Brian Raffetto of USC, were contributing authors.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

Divabetic Summer Salsa Recipe by Arthur Espino

August 19, 2014 by

SalsaA lot of members of the  Divabetic community on Facebook have been asking us for healthy snack ideas.

Maria, from San Antonio wanted to know what she could eat with chips that’s healthy?!!!

Guacamole? Salsa? Grabbing a bowl of guacamole and some tortilla chips can seem like a great idea. However, though guacamole may taste delicious, it is not necessarily the best choice.  Typically, guacamole contains high amounts of added salt, which can result in serious health conditions over both the long and short term. In contrast, salsa is more often seasoned and flavored with cilantro and other herbs and spices. So why not ditch the guac and make your own Salsa Verde instead?

Summer Salsa  (Verde) by Arthur Espino 

1 lb of green tomatillos (6 to 8 medium size)

5 serreno chiles

3 cloves of garlic

table salt (to taste)

Directions: Remove leaves and stems from chiles and tomatillos. Wash and rinse chiles and tomatillos before placing in saucepan. Add enough water to cover the tops of the tomatillos. Bring to boil and let simmer for 10 minutes (until the tomatillos are soft and mushy.) Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Drain tomatillos and chiles but save the liquid. Once cooled, put chiles and tomatillos mixture (drained) and as well as garlic into blender. Add a tablespoon of liquid and blend until it’s pureed. The liquid contains most of the ‘heat’ so keep adding liquid until you are happy with the flavor. Add salt to taste. For best results, let salsa sit for several hours before serving.

Makes: 1/2 quart of salsa

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Can’t find low sodium chips?  Make your own. It’s easy Buy low carb, low calorie tortilla, cut them up and bake them? You won’t have the “bag” tempting you to eat every last chip in sight.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

Suicide and Depression by Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE

August 18, 2014 by
Dr. Beverly S. Adler

Dr. Beverly S. Adler

August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast  features a timely discussion about suicide and diabetes due to Robin Williams death with guest certified diabetes educator, Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE. Below “Dr. Bev” shares more information and insight about this topic:

With the shocking news of Robin Williams‘ untimely death by suicide, let’s take a moment to discuss depression. Major depressive disorder is a serious mental health disorder that can leave you feeling hopeless about the future. In work with suicide survivors, the term  “psychache” has been considered helpful. Edwin Shneidman, a suicide expert, defined suicide as “a misguided solution to unbearable psychic pain.” In such pain, thinking becomes constricted, there is tunnel vision and the only compelling need is to end the pain. Dan Bilsker and Peter Forster define suicidal thinking in terms of a crisis of pain and describe it as “the three I’s”: the person suffering perceives the pain as Intolerable, Interminable and Inescapable. When intervention is possible, treatment should address overcoming the despair and should identify alternatives to suicide. If you are feeling suicidal, or if you know somebody that you suspect is at risk for suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help!

Many people who live with diabetes experience feelings of depression (although not necessarily suicidal thoughts) along with low self-esteem. One reason which contributes to a feeling of low self-esteem is that many people with diabetes feel stigmatized. In an article for diaTribe News, authors Alexander Wolf and Nancy Liu, discuss  a market research study which found that stigma affects patients with diabetes and their self-care management. The study participants perceived a sense of failure of personal responsibility. Many perceived diabetes as a burden on the healthcare system or saw  diabetes as a character flaw. Many participants reported feelings of frustration dealing with the many misconceptions the public has about diabetes, leaving the patients with diabetes feeling shame and blame. The stigma affected their personal relationships and diabetes management.

Chronic stigma attached to diabetes, as well as negative comments from health care providers, family and/or friends can all have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem. How can a person with diabetes improve their self-esteem? Self-esteem can be raised by attending individual, family, and/or group therapy with a trained mental health professional. (If possible, a therapist who specializes treating patients with diabetes is even better!) Cognitive behavior therapy is one type of psychotherapy approach that can teach you how to challenge negative thinking. Patients with diabetes need to stop thinking negative thoughts about themselves and focus instead on managing their self-care activities. Listening to an educational and entertaining podcast (such as Diva TalkRadio: Diabetes Late Nite), participating in a diabetes online community tweet chat (such as Diabetes Social Media Advocacy), or joining a diabetes support group are all ways to share with other people with diabetes the same difficult issues. This can have a positive effect on self-esteem and help you to feel less isolated and alone.

As diabetes control is not a perfect science and outcomes can be unpredictable at times, aim for accomplishments rather than perfection. Recognize what you can change (your diabetes self-care management) and what you can’t change (social stigma). Challenge your negative thoughts of helplessness and hopelessness and empower yourself to feel in control. You can boost your self-esteem and help yourself to feel more hopeful about living with diabetes.

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LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert. Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

Mr. Divabetic Hosts the Red Tomato Carpet at Central Farm Markets

August 17, 2014 by

DSCF7169The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic host the red TOMATO carpet at the 5th Annual Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest at the Bethesda Central Farm Market on Sunday, August 31, 2014. The annual event is a  fundraiser for Manna Food Center.

Pies? Diabetes? What?!!!!! His appearance hopes to reinforce the fact that you don’t have to give up dessert! Moderation is key. It just takes a good food plan to fit sugar into your day.

It is important to remember that while foods with sugar in them can be incorporated into a diabetes meal plan with little impact on blood glucose control, most sweets and dessert are high in calories and have little to no nutritional value. So, while it is entirely possible to work these foods into any diabetes meal plan, they are still food choices that should be considered “treats” and should be eaten in limited quantities.

This year’s three Pie Contest judges  are an impressive and talented group of food professionals. Lisa Cherkasky is a sought after Washington, DC based food stylist, pastry chef and writer. Susan Wallace is the Corporate Executive Pastry Chef at Black Restaurant Group and oversees the group’s five restaurants. Peter Brett is a professor at the Stratford University School of Baking and Pastry Arts.  He was the former Pastry Chef for Blue Duck Tavern and was a RAMMY Best Pastry Chef Nominee.

The pie contest is open to amateur bakers only. There is $5 registration fee per pie that will be donated to Manna Food Center. This year, the Central Farm Markets team will get in on the action! Market Chef Lynn Foster, Market Owner Debra Moser (pastry certified too!) and Market Personality, Blogger and Pastry Chef Diana Ash will bake 25 peach and berry pies in honor of the five years of the contest. The pies will be available for purchase – email Debra Moser to pre-order your pie! All proceeds from these pies will be donated to Manna as well.

Registration is now open through August 27. Unfortunately no walk-in entries will be accepted on the day of the contest. This event is open to the public and is free!

Bethesda Central Farm Market is located at 7600 Arlington Rd. in Bethesda, MD. The market is open every Sunday year-round: April through December from 9am-1pm, and January through March from 10am-2pm.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

Rihanna’s Selfie Exhibit Coming to the Louvre

August 16, 2014 by
Laugh A Little, Learn A Lot

Laugh A Little, Learn A Lot

Superstar Rihanna joins the ranks of artists such as Monet, Manet and Leonardo DiVinici  when she unveils her exciting collection of Selfie portraits at the Louvre Museum next year.

According to the popstar, her ‘selfies’ are works of art that deserve to be exhibited along side other masterpieces. “The Mona Lisa’s really a “selfie” when you think about. I could have taken it,” says  Rihanna.

Her exhibit tilted ‘Are You Selfie Worthy?” features over 2,000 selfies photos taken over a  three hour period in her life. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that she claims she edited down her collection from a reported 10,000 images. “Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek,” says the budding artist. She hopes her new exhibit serves as a reminder of how exciting and fashionable each and every moment of her life is, almost down to the second,  for her fans and art critics alike. “I’m sharing all of the moments in my life that I’ve never actually been present in (because) I’m so busy photographing the moment rather than truly experiencing it. It’s like seeing yourself for the first-time over and over and over again!”

Rihanna’s “Selfies” featured in the upcoming exhibit include shots of the her at the beach, on the phone and in the bathtub.

Are you “Selfie” Worthy? Here are a few of Rihanna’s “selfie” tips: “Get a good light. Get a good angle on what’s working for you that day. If it’s boobs, make sure you hit that. If it’s face, make sure it’s fierce.”

Okay, stop. This blog post is a compete joke.  It was meant to highlight the growing concern that people who take too many “selfies” could  lose self-confidence and that the addiction could have a negative impact on their life, health and work.

On August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast,  Mr. Divabetic discusses the topic of ‘self-worth and diabetes.’ Many people with diabetes suffer from depression and a lack of self-esteem.

Rihanna might seem to exhibit huge self-confidence with every new “selfie” she posts of herself on any given day. But posting photos [onsocial network sites] to seek approval and ‘likes’ from peers as a reward is normal human nature.

“But the reward has varying degrees of emotional effects on each individual. Some people are happy after sharing a selfie and getting few likes, while others expect as many likes as possible and become addicted to being liked.

“Conversely, if they feel they don’t get enough likes for their selfie as expected, they decide to post another, but still do not receive a good response. This could affect their thoughts. They can lose self-confidence and have a negative attitude toward themselves, such as feeling dissatisfied with themselves or their body.

“Paying too much attention to one’s shared selfies by continuing to check on who sees or comments on them in the hope of getting the most likes as possible is a sign that selfies are causing problems for them, including a possible lack of self-confidence,” Dr Panpimol said.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

 

Free dLife Seminar with Author Riva Greenberg In August

August 15, 2014 by

imagesAuthor and diabetes advocate Riva Greenberg hosts a free webinar presenting easy and imporant steps about food and attitude to help you take care of your diabetes. These steps are from her  new book, Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s,  an action-step guide to living a healthier and happier life with diabetes.

Tune int learn the keys to developing a simple and realistic roadmap for achieving your diabetes goals! Riva acts as your GPS, giving you precise directions and showing you the shortest route to your destination – a healthy and happy diabetes life!
Riva will simplify your diabetes life with “Do’s” like: Say “Bye-Bye” to Diets, Get “the Skinny” on Fat,  Make Your Kitchen Heart-Health,  Aim for Better, Not Perfect and more!

Riva Greenberg has lived with type 1 diabetes for 42 years and has earned several awards. She is a health coach, peer-mentor, inspirational speaker, and columnist on The Huffington Post. She is also the author of three diabetes books.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

Celine Dion’s Got Her Priorities Straight

August 14, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

For today’s pop divas,  it’s seems like anything goes when it comes to raising a family. So while Kim Kardashian is okay with letting her one year old daughter take a flight from New York to Los Angeles alone, it’ s refreshing to see that one diva’s got her priorities straight. Superstar Celine  Dion‘s  says she’s putting her career on hold to focus on family and their health issues.

“I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” says Celine Dion.

Celine Dion’s  husband, René Angélil, had a cancerous tumor removed in December and his recovery has put heavy stress on the couple, according to the news release. She herself has been recovering from a condition that caused an inflammation of her throat muscles. Between that and raising three young children.

“I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support,” Celine adds.

Now back to Kim’s less than maternal instincts. Okay, North West wasn’t alone alone on the  flight. She was accompanied by her nanny, a bodyguard, an assistant, and a nurse on her trip across the United States. But still.  Doesn’t she seem a little young for a journey like that?

Do you feel scattered or overwhelmed? Is your to-do list getting longer and longer, no matter how hard you work? Maybe it’s time to pause and make sure that the way you spend your time is in alignment with your priorities.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert . Guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.

 

Platinum by Poet Lorraine Brooks

August 13, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

On August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert,  Mr. Divabetic explores the topic of  ‘self-worth’ and diabetes. Diabetes can affect a person’s self-esteem on both a chemical and emotional level. Some people with diabetes blame themselves for having the illness or its complications. Sometimes, people think less of themselves because they feel different.

Poet Lorraine Brooks shares a new poem, “PLATINUM” to inspire you to achieve PLATINUM status in your life.

PLATINUM

to live like platinum
in all its brilliance and glory
a rock emerging from the earth
covered in dirt in its origins
and yet the most precious substance there is.
I am platinum.
You are platinum.
Our precious core being tested and stretched
But still shining like liquid diamonds
Or gold lace.
I can be a platinum button on elegant blue jeans
Or the saucer under the Queen’s goblet for tea.
i can be platinum as I measure out the dose of
My next injection
My careful calculations resulting in
The Perfection of Control.
My platinum voice shatters the silence of the morning shower
And gasps as I admire myself in the evening glass,
While exiting the shiny taxi on Broadway.
We are all platinum.
I am platinum.
You are platinum.
We are the squeals of the children in the playground.
We are the moments of clarity in the confusion of illness.
We are the quarter placed in the blind man’s cup.
We are the farmer’s crop of green and brown at harvest time.
We are the click of the cowboy’s boots on the prairie at sunset.
We are the tears at the moments of loss and devastation.
We are the deafening cheers of the runner’s victory lap.
We are pure beauty and gossamer wings
And the most precious substance there is.
Shine on, Platinum Heroes…
The worth of a stone is not in the polish or the cut … But in the heart.

August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Miranda Lambert with guests include Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie, Author Kim Boykin and Marina Tsaplina.

TUNE IN: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer & Diabetes featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. April Speed, Mari Michelle Ruddy, Mary Sue Englund and E.P. McKnight.


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