A ‘Divabetic’ Joins Dancing with the Stars

February 27, 2015 by
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It’s going to be all about the  ‘blood sugars in the ballroom’ on the 20th season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ thanks to  R&B legend, Patti LaBelle.

The world’s most-famous ‘Divabetic’, Patti LaBelle who embodies a ‘new attitude’ about living with diabetes has already emerged as the social media darling among a largely less-than-A-list cast.

“I’m so excited that Patti LaBelle is going to be on one of my favorite TV shows,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “Patti’s bold, sassy spirit inspired me to coin the phrase ‘Divabetic’ at a Luther Vandross tribute concert in 2005.  Our nonprofit, Divabetic.org, encourages others living with diabetes to adopt her diva attitude to feel good about themselves and their health. I can’t wait to tune in!”

A diagnosis of diabetes wasn’t enough to stop two-time Grammy-winning legend Patti LaBelle in her tracks; it took awhile for her to get in tune with the disease. Patti now eats right, exercises daily, and takes her medicine regularly. Apparently it’s paying off because media insiders are already speculating that she has the leg up for viewer’s attention on the ABC dancing competition.

She sees her diagnosis as a “blessing from God,” a wake-up call of sorts, to take better care of herself. “I realized I had to embrace my diabetes right away and not ignore it. Diabetes doesn’t scare me because as long as I control it and it doesn’t control me, I can live a normal life. And I plan to live at least another 70 years!”

Patti’s the first to admit that not everything is perfect in her life with diabetes. Her eyesight is getting “really bad” and her feet swell sometimes. But she checks her blood glucose four times every day,  takes insulin and other oral diabetes medicines.

“I love to shake it, honey!” says LaBelle who credits regular exercise with helping to keep her diabetes from getting worse. “You can take hold of the situation,” she says. “I feel great now. I live the right way. I wear fierce clothes. God has blessed me. Everything I do now, I do it proud. I am a divabetic!”

“The great soul divas are at heart survivors like Patti and Aretha Franklin, and they do whatever they need to stay in the spotlight and I applaud her for that,” music biographer David Ritz, author of “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.”

“She is one of the most talented voices in the music business, but she hasn’t been all that relevant recently. The show is going to elevate her star power even higher, ” says Dorothy Cascerceri, host of the TV show, “Celebrity Corner.”

GLAM MORE FEAR LESS: Mr. Divabetic will be following Patti LaBelle’s progress on this blog and posting the results weekly.

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Help! My Vagina Smells Like A Swamp

February 26, 2015 by
Divabetic

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At last week’s free diabetes outreach program, “Love On A Two Way Street‘ at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, we discussed some of the embarrassing issues related to sex and intimacy including vaginal order.

Vaginal odor is a very common problem that most women with or without diabetes have to deal with at least once or twice in their life.

It’s normal for your vagina to have a slight odor. But, a strong vaginal odor — for instance, a “fishy” smell — might be abnormal and could indicate a health problem (have you heard of the term ‘blue waffle’?)

An abnormal vaginal odor is usually associated with other vaginal signs and symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation or discharge.

Vaginal odor may vary throughout your menstrual cycle and may be especially noticeable right after having sex. Normal sweating also can cause a vaginal odor. A number of everyday triggers, including menstruation, pregnancy, intercourse, medications and uncontrolled blood sugars can upset the delicate vaginal ecosystem and elevate pH, causing odor, increase or change in discharge, or even a bacterial infection.

Generally, if you have vaginal odor without other vaginal symptoms, it’s unlikely that your vaginal odor is abnormal.

Fragrance sprays, wipes and pads just mask the problem and can be harmful to delicate tissue. Douching can actually upset this delicate balance.

Did you know that using a water-based lubricant can upset your natural vaginal pH if it isn¹t pH balanced?  Wet Platinum  silicone-based lubricant has no pH to interfere with yours and it is much longer lasting than a typical water-based lubricant.  It¹s even guaranteed never sticky, even on a hot summer¹s night!

LISTEN NOW: Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance podcast

He’s Shirtless on Facebook After Amazing Weight Loss!

February 25, 2015 by
Divabetic

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Would you go shirtless on Facebook?

My friend and fellow Gotham Volleyball League member, Will Petrie did. He snapped a ‘shirtless selfie’ to show everyone that his recent 55 pound weight loss is possible for everyone.

“If I can do it others can do it, too,” says Will. “Last summer I weighed 215 pounds and I felt awful. I didn’t like the way I looked in the mirror. I was always tired, and unhealthy,” says Will.

“One day I said to myself ‘enough is enough’ and my weight loss journey began,” says Will.

For Will nothing worked  until he changed his perspective on what it means to diet.  Will says, “until you stop thinking about weigh loss as a ‘diet’ it doesn’t work. Because you fall into same the traps of your old lifestyle and gain it back.”

With a new mindset Will lost 55 pounds from July to September 2014.  His blood pressure and cholesterol are good and the fat in his liver has disappeared. Will now looks at his weight loss as a lifestyle change.

“For me, losing weight is not about looking good, it’s about being healthy. If we stay healthy, we avoid disease. I didn’t go on a diet, I made a lifestyle change.”

Although Will and I have never played on the same Gotham Volleyball League team, we have known each other for several years. I witnessed Will go through an amazing weight loss transformation which I feel is both enlightening and inspirational.

“When I started I weighed 215 pounds which is the most I ever weighed, I had high cholesterol and higher than average blood sugar levels. I also started wearing XXL t-shirts,” Will says.

His weight began to slowly creep on from working too many hours and dealing with too much stress over a two year period.

So how did Will do it?

“A friend of mine had lost weight on the HCG diet. I did a lot of research by reading blogs before I decided to go on it. At first it sounded too good to be true but my friend’s weight loss results motivated me to try it. You eat very few calories a day  (500 calories) and instead trick your body into getting energy from your body fat. Believe it or not, you don’t feel tired or weak.”

Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers to steer clear of over-the-counter weight-loss products that contain HCG. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced during pregnancy.

As a prescription medication, HCG is used mainly to treat fertility issues. HCG is not approved for over-the-counter use, nor has it been proved to work for weight loss. Companies that sell over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are breaking the law.

So why has there been so much talk about the HCG diet? Perhaps it’s because the diet recommends severe calorie restriction — typically just 500 to 800 calories a day. People who follow such a very low calorie diet are likely to lose weight, at least in the short term.

Will admits on the HCG diet he was able to lose 40 pounds in 45 days. After his initial weight loss he took an 8 week break before beginning the diet again. Then he lost an additional 15 pounds in 25 days.

Will’s initial 40 pound weight loss motivated him to go to the gym.

“I didn’t want to go to the gym when I was bigger. I felt ashamed to workout next to all these great bodies,” says Will.

Will now works out 3 to 4 times a week at the gym with a help of a fitness app called ‘Full Fitness.’ The app recommends specific workouts for each of your muscle groups. The ‘Full Fitness’ app leads you through different exercises for each body part and it also keeps track of how much weight you’re lifting so you can review your results to stay motivated.

“I feel amazing when I go to gym. If I skp the gym for more than 3 days I feel like I’m not complete. I don’t take elevators, I take the stairs. I even have a step tracker in my phone – I average 20,000 steps a day. I also do spinning and weight lifting. And I do Pilates on the mat. I like it a lot. It makes your core stronger. I’m not flexible and its really helping me with my posture. The extra weight effected my posture so this helps a lot.”

How has Will’s weight loss changed his life?

“I more confident in talking to people. I got a promoted. I feel better. I’m dating. Everything’s positive in my life,” says Will.

So why go shirtless on Facebook?

“I woke up the other day, I walked into the living room . I have a huge mirror in there. My abs were showing. I couldn’t believe how far I have come. I am proud of my accomplish so I decided to snap a photo,” says Will.

If weight loss is your goal, there are safer ways to lose weight than the HCG diet. Talk with your doctor or other health care provider about how to make healthy changes that lead to permanent weight loss, such as eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Jennifer Lopez

Do You Get Bloated from Metformin?

February 24, 2015 by
Divabetic

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Are you experiencing excessive gas and/or bloating from Metformin? If so, you’re not alone. Many people who are taking Metformin as part of their type 2 diabetes self-care routine suffer from gas and bloating.

Bloating and loose stools are very typical for early days of metformin use. The good news is that it usually gets better with time though you still may experience explosive diarrhea from time to time. Drinking water and eating a fiber-rich diet can also help reduce symptoms.

Some people have found that taking Metformin with a full meal and a glass of milk can calm down your stomach.

These side effects may seem daunting, but most people tolerate metformin quite well. The drug can be dangerous for people with kidney disease, however. They should not take the drug, and everyone on metformin should have their kidney function monitored regularly (at least once a year). People with congestive heart failure should not take metformin either.

LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late inspired by Jennifer Lopez

Join us for a Divabetic Tea Party celebrating Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Loved Ones living with diabetes on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Buy, Borrow or Burn! At the Academy Awards 2015

February 23, 2015 by
Divabetic

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The biggest fashion misfire at the 2015 Academy Awards was forgetting to honor the memory of  Joan Rivers. It was in bad taste. For some strange reason the Academy decided to snub the woman who created the red carpet during their memorium tribute featuring a performance by Jennifer Hudson.

We know Joan would have had a field day with the 6,000 pearls on Lupita Nyong’o’s Calvin Klein gown, Lady Gaga’s ridiculous custom Azzedine Alaia gown, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Dynasty-inspired prom dress and Shirley MacLaine’s awful wig and sequined pantsuit combo as well as many of the fashions at this year’s Oscars. Here’s my round up of the looks I loved and hated on this year’s Red Carpet.

The ‘GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS’ looks I loved included Jennifer Ainston in Versace, Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford and Jennifer Hudson. Our favorite men’s looks included Chris Evans, Eddie Murphy, Chris Pratt and Dwayne Johnson.

The ‘GLAM MORE, HOT MESS’ looks included Lady Gaga, Shirley MacLaine (some raided the trunk from her Tahoe cabaret show in 1987) , Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab, Idina Menzel,  Namoi Watts and Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad (where’s the stripper pole?), Chloe Moretz and Scarlett Johansson . On the men’s side, Jared Leto’s dreadful tux belonged on stage during the ‘Everything’s Awesome’ performance.  Kevin Hart’s look belonged in a back issue of the ‘After 6′ catalogue and John Travolta’s toupee and bizarre necklace were just wrong.

Why not play Buy, Borrow or Burn! Fashion Game with 3 red carpet looks from the Oscars 2015?  To play the game, you must decide which celebrity dresses you would BUY (for yourself), which ones you would let a friend (BORROW) and which ones you would BURN with a torch!

I’d gladly BUY Margot Robbie’s Yves Sanit Laurent gown for Divabetic Image & Sytle Advisor, Catherine Schuller. This was our favorite look of the night! The dress featured a plunging neckline, flowing sheer sleeves and a loosely pleated skirt that created volume as she walked the carpet.

Robbie debuted a gorgeous new haircut at the show, chopping her shoulder-length hair into a blunt bob. She wore her newly cropped blonde locks parted deeply to the side, and went simple and classic with her beauty look for Hollywood’s biggest night, accentuating her eyes with black mascara, and adding a pop to her matte face with a red lip.

I’d love to borrow  Anna Kendricks Thakooon coral silk georgette and chiffon gown  for We Are Diabetes founder, Asha Brown.  The gown featured a stunning jeweled halter neckline and a peekaboo opening below the bust. Anna Kendrick paired the look with a glamorous updo as well as massive diamond cluster stud earrings—in true fashion, she didn’t miss a beat!

And we would love to BURN Dakota Johnson’s Saint Laurent gown. This one-shouldered, super-hot red hued gown looked ’50 Shades of Awful’ on it’s star. It just wasn’t the right choice for this actress. Dakota’s hair and makeup didn’t match the gown. She actually looked like she was trying on dresses in a fitting room with her mom.

The other dress we would love to set on fire is  Good Morning America host, Lara Spencer’s gown and jewelry. One of our favorite TV personalities misfired with this dress was better suited for the regional competition of Miss Florida circa 1994.

LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late inspired by Jennifer Lopez

Join us for a Divabetic Tea Party celebrating Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Loved Ones living with diabetes on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Hip Lipster Lips Like Like Ariana Grande by Yago Jones

February 22, 2015 by
Divabetic

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GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS:  February’s Diabetes Late Nite  takes a  look at  the power of fashion to boost self-confidence and help inspire better diabetes self-care management.

Yago Mo’ J Founder & Makeup Designer of Yagolicious Cosmetics offers expert beauty tips on how to get Hip Lipster lips like one of the reigning queens of pop music, Ariana Grande.
A few years ago, this talented actress and singer with huge eyes, curly brown hair and charming dimples admitted in a youtube tutorial makeup video ,”I put on makeup like a 5-year-old doing an art project.”
Today Ariana has a team of professionals who helped her to transform from a Broadway kid to a sophisticated songstress. So can you too!
Beauty expert Yago Mo’ J feels  Ariana’s beauty look is all about highlighted cheekbones, a sleek half-ponytail and Hip Lipster lips. Here are Yago’s tips on how to copy  Ariana Grande ‘s Hip Lipster look:
Bleeding Lips :  Stop your lips from bleeding by lining your lips with a lipliner before your lipstick
Fuller Lips:  For a dimensional lip add a second coat of color with in the center of the bottom lip
Stain:  To stain your lips lightly apply foundation concealing it with translucent powered. Next apply a coat of color followed by your lipliner. Apply a second coat of color if needed
BUY NOW: Yagolicious Cosmetics  is worn by various public figures such as Actress Kristen Stewart whom is best known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga

LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Jennifer Lopez

Do Insulin Pumps Help People with Type 2 Diabetes?

February 21, 2015 by

 

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The Lancet published a study announcing that MiniMed insulin pumps safely achieve better glucose control for people with insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes than multiple daily injections.

Insulin pumps are small computerized devices that deliver insulin in two ways:

  • In a steady measured and continuous dose (the “basal” insulin)
  • As a surge (“bolus“) dose, at your direction, around mealtime.

Doses are delivered through a flexible plastic tube called a catheter. With the aid of a small needle, the catheter is inserted through the skin into the fatty tissue and is taped in place.

While the benefits of insulin pump therapy for people with type 1 diabetes are well proven, this is the largest global study to evaluate the comparative efficacy of insulin pump therapy versus multiple daily insulin injections in people with type 2 diabetes with poor glycemic control.

Patients using insulin pumps achieved an A1C (average blood glucose) reduction of 1.1 percent compared to only a 0.4 percent reduction by those using multiple daily injections. This improvement in glucose control was achieved without any episodes of severe hypoglycemia. In addition, those in the insulin pump group lowered the total daily dose of insulin by more than 20 percent. There was no difference in weight gain between the two groups.

Reducing A1C is critical for people with diabetes because even small percent drops aid significantly in preventing complications such as eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and heart attacks.

LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Jennifer Lopez

Are Multiple Orgasms Possible?

February 20, 2015 by
Divabetic

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On the recent ‘Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance’ podcast, Mr. Divabetic interviewed Author Lisa Eugene NP about the reality of achieving multiple orgasms for women with diabetes.

In a study in the journal Diabetes, 35% of women with diabetes reported being unable to have an orgasm during intercourse, compared to just 6% of the women who didn’t have diabetes.

One of the reasons women with diabetes may have trouble achieving orgasm is that high blood sugars can affect vaginal lubrication which can  make sex very uncomfortable, even painful.

“The complications of uncontrolled blood sugar levels cause problems for both men and women — the only difference is that many women simply aren’t as aware of this complication as men are,” she says. Ann Albright  PhD, RD also is the president of health education for the American Diabetes Association.

According to Cosmo magazine with a little bit of know-how, any woman can experience more than one climax in a single sack session.

 “The average woman is built to come again and again,” says Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, coauthor of The Multi-Orgasmic Woman. Meaning that once you’ve mastered that first peak, the climb to the next one is absolutely obtainable. “Women don’t require a refractory period like men do, so we’re able to stay aroused for longer and have an orgasm a second and third time with little effort,” says Dr. Abrams.

The first step in plural peaking: Tune in to the mind-body connection. If you go into a hookup with limited expectations of your orgasm, you’ll actually cause your body to limit its pleasure responses. In other words, if you assume you can only come once during intercourse…you will.

The reason why understanding your frame of mind is so important? “After you’ve gotten there for the first time, rather than switching off mentally and sexually — which is what you do when you assume you’ve reached the finale — you need to remain expectant and open to further arousal,” says Dr. Abrams. “It’s all about knowing that your body is fully capable, even built, to experience deeper, longer, and more frequent orgasms.”

Once you have the right attitude, the next step is making sure that you have some time on your hands. “One of the biggest misconceptions women have about multiple orgasms is that they happen by chance or that they’re some sort of fluke,” says Dr. Abrams. “But like anything else, they require a little effort and planning that you don’t get from on-the-fly quickies.” There’s just no point in getting mentally geared up for all that extra action if you’re not in the right circumstances to be able to enjoy yourself with your man.

GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS: Don’t be shy about asking your doctor about specific treatments for sexual wellness problems.

LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Jennifer Lopez

What A ‘Super Low’ Blood Sugar Feels Like

February 19, 2015 by
Divabetic

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“Sometimes as a ‘divabetic’ you get so detached from your life being a daily battle and survival on a daily basis that things like going extremely low seem like nothing different. Even if those moments have never happened before,” says Jessica Clark, a frequent guest on Diabetes Late Nite podcasts

Recently Jessica posted a photo of her blood glucose meter reading of a ’25’ on instagram. Since so many people are afraid of having low blood sugars, Mr. Divabetic asked her to describe her experience so others can learn from it.

“Sometimes, after a really busy week at work, my husband and I fall asleep watching TV in the living room. That’s what happened last night. He fell asleep in the chair; I fell asleep on the couch, TV droning on in the background.
At about 11pm my husband starts rustling in the chair, jolting me awake. As any diabetic knows, a good shock to the adrenal system can send your sugars for a loop. Except mine didn’t calm down. After lying there for a little while, I figured I was having a panic attack, something I have been suffering from for about a year now. Unfortunately a lot of the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, can feel like a panic attack. But I felt like that wasn’t what was happening.

I stumbled up to check my blood sugar, my brain was foggy, but still telling me what something was wrong. I checked, 26. After having a misread a few months back of 30 (when I was really 110), I decided to check again. Different hand, different finger, 25. Panic set in.

Luckily, my husband had bought a brownie for himself at whole foods that night.
I don’t even remember eating the brownie. I don’t remember making it to the kitchen and pouring a glass of milk. I don’t remember much.
I know that I checked 15 minutes later and I was up to 46. Another 15 minutes I was at 66. I only know I drank milk and ate a brownie based on the evidence left on the coffee table.
I lay back down on the couch, almost too terrified to fall back asleep, but eventually I did.

I woke up this morning feeling fine. Tired, drained, a little confused, nothing out of the normal for a diabetic hangover.
I told my husband what happened, and he just looked at me, with this expression I cant even describe and said “Why didn’t you wake me up?”

I said, “Because you were tired, I wanted you to sleep. I ate a brownie I was fine. Besides what would you have done, I was ok.” A lie I CONSTANTLY tell myself.

“I would have watched you, made sure you were okay, made sure it didn’t happen again, that you didn’t go too high.”

And that’s how I realized my biggest mistake. You cannot do it alone. My husband married me as a diabetic; he loves me as a diabetic. I’m not helping anyone by trying to do it alone.
I still don’t know why or how I went so low, seeing as how at 9am this morning, my pump site wasn’t even working anymore. I went to bed at 143. I had eaten my dinner and done life as I usually do.

After posting my reading on my Facebook, I was overwhelmed by the response. People were happy and shocked that I had survived. Survived? I texted my husband, “Is it really that amazing that I survived last night?” To which I got a simple, “Yes.”

I know I probably didn’t follow the diabetes rulebook. I know I didn’t treat how I should, but I treated off of basic need to survive. Fight or flight. But the biggest lesson was that I cannot do it alone. I have a loving husband who would gladly do anything for me, and I need to use him and his support.

I’ll be honest, when you said that I came through and survived it shocked me. Because I don’t see it that way. I had to text my husband and ask him if that’s really how it was. To which he obviously responded “yes!”

If your blood glucose is low, follow the steps below to treat (from the Joslin Diabetes Center):

    • Follow the 15-15 rule (like Jessica did): Eat or drink something from the list below equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate (carb).
    • Rest for 15 minutes, then re-check your blood glucose. If it is still low, (below 70), repeat step 1 above.
    • If your next meal is more than an hour away, you will need to eat one carbohydrate choice as a snack to keep your blood glucose from going low again.
    • If you can’t figure out why you have low blood glucose, call your healthcare provider, as your medicine may need to be adjusted.
    • Always carry something with you to treat an insulin reaction. Use food from the list below. 

Foods equal to One Carbohydrate Choice (15 grams of carb):

  • 3 Glucose  tablets or 4 Dextrose tablets
  • 4 ounces of fruit juice
  • 5-6 ounces (about 1/2 can) of regular soda such as Coke or Pepsi
  • 7-8 gummy or regular Life Savers
  • 1 Tbsp. of sugar or jelly

Call your doctor

Call your doctor or healthcare provider if you have a low blood glucose reaction and do not know what caused it. GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS

LISTEN NOW: Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance with guest, Jessica Clark

Teach, Don’t Preach – Diabetes Education by Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE

February 18, 2015 by
Dr. Beverly S. Adler

Dr. Beverly S. Adler

January’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE   aka”Dr. Bev”, shares this blog post on what the difference between ‘teaching’ and ‘preaching’ when educating people about diabetes:

Why would any adult be happy to be treated like a child? Told what you must or must not eat? Is it any surprise if you start to react like a child in response to what seems like arbitrary rules that are unreasonable?

It’s one thing to deal with the “diabetes police” – well-meaning friends or family members who think they know what’s best for you. One diabetes policewoman spoke with me recently about the diabetes “criminals” she watched at our club meeting  during dinner.  She was outraged that these two men with type 2 diabetes dared to eat a slice of cake for dessert. (I was also “guilty” of having a slice of cake for dessert.) She herself did not have diabetes, but had been married to a man who had (poorly controlled) diabetes. As a psychologist, I would say she transferred her feelings of anger, which were aimed at her husband, toward these “innocent” men. All she could do was vent her feelings of frustration and preach about their bad diabetes management. Clearly a “teachable moment”, I tried to teach her that dessert is not a “bad” food choice. I tried to have her understand that I, for one, watched my carb intake earlier in the meal (skipping bread, skipping the mashed potatoes) so I could enjoy the cake.  I told her that I, for one, had determined how much insulin to take to cover the whole meal including dessert. The diabetes policewoman was not satisfied with this explanation.  All she could do was admonish their choice to eat dessert. Finally, I had to say those two men were not her husband and she couldn’t assume that they eat without a care about their diabetes. Feeling frustrated that I did not share her view of these two diabetes criminals she walked away to smoke a cigarette.  Ironically, I preached at her what an unhealthy choice she was making to smoke cigarettes!

It’s another thing to deal with health care professionals who have their own agenda without regard to their patients’ lifestyle. I hate to point a finger of blame at health care professionals for being preachy but two patients recently told me about their upsetting appointments. My first story is about a patient who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I had already started some basic diabetes education with her when she went to see a nutritionist. Unfortunately, according to my patient, the nutritionist spent 75% of the session insisting that she must eat vegetables!  My patient is 60 years old and unlikely to drastically change her eating habits (which excludes veggies). However, the nutritionist was relentless in her preachy demands. The nutritionist accomplished nothing with her preachy style of diabetes education except that my patient felt unheard and un-helped.  Using a more understanding approach, I taught her that portion size also mattered, that daily exercise could help reduce her weight and reduce her blood sugars.  She heard my suggestions and will try to make changes in her lifestyle. Mission accomplished: teaching diabetes education without preaching it!

My second story is about a preachy endocrinologist. My patient is a senior citizen who has had type 2 diabetes for decades and struggles with her weight. (Her A1C is 7%.)  She has tried and failed at so many diets she feels hopeless. Her endocrinologist insisted that the patient is not allowed to eat bananas any more, ever! I’m sorry but I beg to differ. First of all, bananas are a healthy source of potassium. Secondly, I discussed portion control with my patient and the size of her banana. Thirdly, I doubt the problem of her failed weight loss efforts are due exclusively to eating bananas. This preachy health care professional failed to help her patient with her preachy style of diabetes education.

Whether you are a friend, family member or a health care professional it’s important to teach diabetes education to an adult by treating them like an adult. Instead of telling people what they can or cannot do,  help them to learn by giving them respect, patience, and compassion. The chances of successfully teaching a person with diabetes to feel empowered to live a healthier lifestyle can be achieved with support and encouragement.  Can I have an AMEN?

BUY NOW: My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes by Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE

Don’t miss Dr. Beverly S. Adler on March’s Diabetes Late podcast inspired by Carrie Underwood, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6 -7 PM, EST.

LISTEN NOW: January’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast with guest Dr. Beverly S.  Adler PhD, CDE


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