March 15, 2016

Should You Follow a Prediabetes Diet Plan?

I answer the question Should You Follow a Prediabetes Diet Plan? in a Splenda Living Blog. But before you read the answer, let's get clear on what prediabetes is, who’s at risk and actions to take that can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

 
August 13, 2015

Dialoging about Diabetes: PWDs Offer Ways to Improve Communication and Care #11 Kelly Kunik

Dialoging About DiabetesAs a diabetes educator/healthcare provider (DHCP) I’m observing that the rapidly growing world of the Diabetes Online Community, the DOC for short, is helping people with diabetes (PWD) and their loved ones find support and feel supported. People and their caregivers are connecting, building relationships and feeling more positive about the challenges of managing their diabetes. I’m delighted to see this trend continue!

As a DHCP I’ve long realized that I can’t walk a mile in a PWD shoes. I can’t know what it is like day in, day out to deal with this challenging and relentless disease. But, what I do know is that we can learn from each other to change the dialog between providers and PWD to be more positive, more supportive. Goal one with these Dialoging about Diabetes interviews with diabetes activists is to help make living with diabetes…just a bit easier. Goal two is to enhance the two-way street – to help more PWD connect and encourage more DHCPs to connect PWD to the value of social networking.

Here’s my dialog with Kelly Kunik, who’s lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 38 years as of Halloween 2015, (which was also her parents’ anniversary). She was diagnosed at the age of 8. Kelly notes, “My greatest weakness (my broken pancreas) has become my greatest strength & biggest passion.” Kelly is a Diabetes Advocate, writer, blogger, speaker, humorist, and consultant. She says, “I laugh every day and am passionately spreading the word about living a great life with diabetes.”

 

Community as Part of the Prescription: Social Media in Diabetes Care

Hope is panelist with key members of the diabetes online community, Amy Tenderich and Kerri Sparling, to speak on Community as Part of the Prescription: Social Media in Diabetes Care at the American Journal of Managed Care Annual Meeting held in Boston.

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Dining Dilemmas with Hope Warshaw

Hope  is interviewed by Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE on the Sound Bites podcast. Hope discusses the health and nutrition pitfalls of restaurant eating and some specific tips, tactics and tricks people can use to continue to enjoy restaurant meals while also eating healthfully.

Live interview with Hope Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE

Emily Coles of Tudiabetes.org interviews Hope about how people with diabetes can eat healthier restaurant meals and count grams of carbohydrate more precisely. Tudiabetes.org is program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Eat Out Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant

Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, with SuperKids Nutrition interviewed Hope and reviewed Eat Out, Eat Well

Food Channel Interview with Joy Robertson

Hope is interviewed via Skype on the Food Channel by host Joy Robertson about her latest book, Eat Out, Eat Well.

 

Eat to Beat Diabetes: How to Stop Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

In the Eat to Beat Diabetes "bookazine", published by Diabetic Living in January 2015, Hope focuses on actions people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes can take to reverse or slow the disease progression. Warshaw contributed numerous stories on food and nutrition topics in this 150 page bookazine.

June 29, 2014

Why Should Diabetes Advocates Enter This Food Fight?

What’s wrong with these two conflicting realities? And, why should diabetes advocates care (and take action)?

Reality 1: A food fight is raging on Capitol Hill because some members of the House of Representatives want to put the brakes on several requirements for school foods and meals which went into effect with the implementation of the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (12/13/10). (Read more background below.).

Reality 2: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced updated figures for diabetes in the U.S. Top line: there’s been yet another uptick. Now more than 29 million American are estimated to have diabetes, up from 26 million in 2010. Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes (for more on prediabetes). Fifteen to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 within five years. To stats on the related childhood obesity: one out of every three American children is overweight or obese. Many children, who eat half their calories at school, consume a diet too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugars, and too low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

 
February 9, 2014

Dialoging about Diabetes: PWDs Offer Ways to Improve Communication and Care #9 Kerri Sparling, author Balancing Diabetes and six

As a diabetes educator/healthcare provider (DHCP) I’m observing that the rapidly growing world of the Diabetes Online Community, the DOC for short, is helping people with diabetes (PWD) and their loved ones find support and feel supported. People and their caregivers are connecting, building relationships and feeling more positive about the challenges of managing their diabetes. I’m delighted to see this trend!

As a DHCP I’ve long realized that I can’t walk a mile in a PWD shoes. I can’t know what it is like day in, day out to deal with this challenging and relentless disease. But, what I do know is that we can learn from each other to change the dialog between providers and PWD to be more positive, more supportive.
Goal one with these Dialoging about Diabetes interviews with diabetes activists is to help make living with diabetes…just a bit easier. Goal two is to enhance the two-way street – to help more PWD get connected and encourage more DHCPs to open the doors of social networking to PWD.

Here’s my dialog with Kerri Sparling, who’s had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 27 years. Kerri jumped into the diabetes social networking world early on, in May of 2005 with her blog Six Until Me. She regularly contributes her personal thoughts in her column SUM Musings in the D-newsletter diatribe. She’s been an active member of the ever-expanding Diabetes Online Community (aka The DOC) and a diabetes advocate. Now Kerri has authored a book, Balancing Diabetes. Kerri’s book offers her account and the accounts of others, mainly those with T1D, who work to balance diabetes everyday through all the ins and outs of daily life.

 

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