“Announcing the New President of the Board”
The Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world’s first organization wholly dedicated to tackling the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes, is pleased to announce that Ms. Gayle Lorenzi has been elected as President of the BDI’s Board of Directors. A registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Ms. Lorenzi has been actively involved in diabetes research, treatment and education for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a clinical investigator for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored EDIC trial (Epidemiology of Diabetes and Complications) at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, she was Director, Medical Affairs, at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and was recognized as Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2001 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Ms. Lorenzi strives to improve the lives of those living with diabetes, and has been an active volunteer and leader for other diabetes professional and advocacy organizations. She is an accomplished speaker and author in the field of diabetes.
The Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) offers individuals with diabetes an opportunity to better understand the issues that may get in the way of successful self-management. Various on-line resources (www.behavioraldiabetes.org) and small group sessions are available to enhance personal understanding, explore obstacles and develop coping strategies that strengthen the individual’s ability to effectively manage their diabetes. In the coming year, BDI will be focusing on the development of additional education tools and programs to support individuals with diabetes and those that love and care for them.
About the Behavioral Diabetes Institute
Founded seven years ago, the BDI provides an array of evidence-based clinical programs designed to help people overcome the emotional and behavioral obstacles to living well with diabetes. Based in San Diego, the BDI is committed to helping people master the unique challenges of diabetes, conducting behavioral research in diabetes, and providing health care providers with the specialty behavioral training necessary for managing diabetes effectively.
Despite advances in diabetes medications and therapies, only 13% of people with diabetes are meeting the major health care goals put forth by the American Diabetes Association. This startling statistic indicates significant issues faced by people with diabetes that are not being treated. The BDI addresses these real-life emotional and behavioral issues which are critical for the long-term success of people living with diabetes.
For more information on the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI): 858-336-8693