Welcome to 2011! Here at BDI, we are looking forward to the New Year as we begin to roll out an array of exciting new offerings over the course of the year that we hope you will find beneficial.
We look back to 2010 and thank everyone who supported our organization, participated in our programs and contributed to our growing success. In this issue of our newsletter, we want to catch you up on some of those successes and also provide you with new information and resources that can help you stay informed and live more successfully with diabetes.
Very best wishes,
Your friends at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute
|We Need To Hear From You |
More than 300,000 of our Diabetes Etiquette Cards have now been distributed all over the world in a variety of settings. We've heard from you that they address many of the common frustrations people with diabetes feel when they hear unwanted advice or comments.
But now we need the details: we want to know how you have used the Card with your own friends, family members, coworkers or strangers. What situations did you use them in? What were the responses? How have you found the card to be useful? If you are a health care professional, how have the cards helped you with your patients? What happened?
Funny or serious, we want to know how they have helped. We'll share selected stories (anonymously, of course) in an upcoming newsletter.
Please email the details of your story to email@example.com.
|Experience the Celebration of Strength|
BDI's October 2010 Celebration of Strength Luncheon video is now ready. When you watch, we hope you can share in the sense of encouragement and acknowledgement of the strengths it takes to live with the challenges of diabetes. Don't miss the heartfelt testimonials from several women who attended.
The luncheon highlights common struggles and the strengths the women use to manage diabetes while also living full and demanding lives. Women are encouraged to find their strengths and focus on what they are doing right. Our intent is to acknowledge all of the hard work that goes into living with diabetes. Everyone with diabetes can benefit by stopping occasionally and recognizing the strength it takes to manage diabetes.
We'll keep you posted about the 2011 Celebration of Strength activities.
Click here to watch the Celebration of Strength Video and testimonials
New Study: Treating Depression and Diabetes Together is the Answer
If we help someone with diabetes overcome depression, their blood glucose control should also improve, shouldn't it? But studies to date haven't shown that. Depression treatment helps people feel better, but disappointingly, doesn't tend to improve control. But why not? What's missing?
An exciting new study from the University of Washington provides the missing piece of the puzzle. When you provide people with good treatment for their depression and, at the same time, provide the support and guidance needed to better manage their diabetes and other health risks, then blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol control all improve. Treating depression and diabetes together, not separately, makes a positive difference.
Click here to read the abstract
|Don't Miss These New Diabetes Resources|
Watch a TCOYD-TV episode where Dr. Polonsky discusses several topics with Dr. Edelman including feelings of distress common with diabetes and diabetes etiquette in Coping with Emotional and Behavioral Aspects of Diabetes.
Watch the premier episode as 7 people with diabetes work with a Dream Team of diabetes experts including Dr. Polonsky to improve (makeover) their diabetes self-care in Extreme Diabetes Makeover. There's so much information in the series, you'll want to keep coming back!
Visit an organization that provides a connection point and resources for college age students living with diabetes. Students With Diabetes helps students at colleges and universities across the country connect with each other and learn to handle the challenges of college life with diabetes.