Life Class Webinar Series

Life Class Webinar Series


Welcome to the DiabetesSisters Life Class Webinar Series!  In our ongoing efforts to educate, support, and advocate for women with diabetes, these webinars serve to meet women where they are - whether that's in the office, at home, or traveling.  Check out the Life Class Webinar schedule below and mark your calendar.  In case you miss one, all past webinars are archived below.

2017 Schedule

5 Things Women with Diabetes Should Know About Menopause, led by Mache Seibel, MD
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:00pm est
DiabetesSisters presents the next installment in our LifeClass Webinar Series. Join Mache Seibel, MD, as he addresses this important topic for all women living with diabetes. Mache Seibel, MD's mission is to help women become the conductor of their family's health and harmony to create a healthier world. Since 2004, he has served as a professor and the Director of the Menopause and Mental Health Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to this, Dr. Seibel was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years where he served as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is the Founder of My Menopause magazine and writes a weekly blog for Huffington Post on women's health and wellness. His specialties are menopause symptoms, stress, weight control, sleep and diabetes.



 Diabetes and Physical Fitness, led by Christel Oerum,
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:00pm est
Do you want to get a better understanding of how different types of exercise affect people living with diabetes and how to manage your blood sugars during and after exercise? In this session, you’ll learn how to find your unique formula for exercising while balancing you blood sugars, setting you up for long term success. Exercise is a privilege we should all be able to enjoy, and with the right knowledge and tools, it can be done!




Listen to past DiabetesSisters Life Class Webinar Series Podcasts:





January 18
Life with diabetes can be overwhelming and often difficult to organize. Whether
you are at work, home or school, diabetes care and management should be
properly addressed. This webinar will focus on organizing your busy schedule,
so you can optimize your time and improve your diabetes management. We will
explore strategies to help you organize your goals, diabetes supplies, daily
routine, travel, medical paperwork and kitchen.

Susan Weiner,
2015 AADE Diabetes Educator
of the Year
February 8
Diabetes affects 1 in 10 US adults and patient with diabetes have a higher
prevalence of heart disease and increased risk of heart attack compared to
patients without diabetes. In this webinar, you will learn about risk factors for
heart disease commonly associated with diabetes and how you can decrease
your risk of heart disease.

Sarah Alexander, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
January 20
Goal Setting
Do your New Years resolutions fall apart by the end of January? You are not
alone! It's time to set realistic goals so you can start  to reset old behaviors
and live a healthy life with diabetes. Susan Weiner, the 2015 AADE Diabetes
Educator of the year will share her tips and suggestions on goal setting and
mindful behaviors. This is your opportunity to give yourself the gift of health
in 2016.
Susan Weiner,
2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year
March 21
Diabetes & Kidney Disease
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, accounting for almost half of
new cases. About 30% of patients with type 1 diabetes and 10 to 40% of those
with type 2 diabetes suffer from kidney failure. Learn now the steps you need to
take to protect your kidneys and decrease your chances of developing Diabetic
Kidney Disease, also known as Diabetic Nephropathy. In this webinar you will
become familiar with the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and steps to prevent
Diabetic Kidney Disease.
Nancy Lepain,
National Kidney Foundation
of Illinois
April 20
Natural Ways to Reduce Allergies
Do you suffer with annoying spring allergies symptoms...coughing, sneezing,
runny nose, headaches? Why is this happening? Your immune system is
overreacting when it shouldn't be. The good news is there are easy ways to
calm it down and help you feel better. There are simple steps you can take with
food and supplements which will dramatically reduce or avoid those symptoms,
allowing you to breath freely and clear this spring!
Jody Stanislaw, ND, CDE
May 18
Diabetes Burnout doesn't have to mean you've completely given up on your
diabetes! It can simply mean you're really tired of the nonstop work around
nutrition, exercise, medications, and oh yeah, checking your blood sugar.
Ginger is going to talk about working your way through burnout without trying to
suddenly "cure" your burnout overnight. (Sadly, she doesn't have a cure for
your diabetes either.) Diabetes Burnout is something we all go through--and
there's a way to work through it that's motivating and empowering!
 Ginger Viera, CHC, CPT
June 15
presented by

DiabetesSisters deal with the twin challenges (among others) of achieving
glycemic control along with managing their weight. Though various low calorie
sweeteners have been available for decades, myths and questions about
their safety as well as effectiveness for weight and glucose control still abound.
Join Hope Warshaw as she provides a recap* of the evidence-based research
on the safety of low calorie sweeteners and offers practical advice for integrating
one or more into a healthy diabetes eating plan. *Warshaw presented "Are We
Giving the Right Advice? Consumer Confusion Regarding Low-Calorie Sweeteners
among People with Diabetes," at the 2016 American Diabetes Association
Scientific Sessions in New Orleans on June 13, 2016.

Hope Warshaw, MMSc,
September 21
Settle back in your own time and enjoy a "tip filled" hour of information to help
make management a bit easier. Fall begins soon and tends to be a time of
year things start to "go south" due to so many holidays one after another.
This webinar is packed with great tips to give an idea of how to  stay on top
of management and still enjoy the fall/winter holiday fun!
 Jennifer Smith,
October 19
supported by an
independent grant from
The complicated world of private and public payers requires people with
diabetes to understand how the system works in order to make a case for
access to the tools, drugs, and education that we need in order to live
well. Come learn from patients and insurance professionals who’ve won
access battles and have the scars to prove it. Join prominent patient
advocates Melissa Lee and Cherise Shockley and learn how to navigate
this windy road.

Melissa Lee and
Cherise Shockley
 November 16
Do you ever feel self-conscious about your Diabetes care?  Or do you ever
struggle to know how to talk about it with those around you? Have you
ever considered how these issues impact your overall health and well-being?
Tune into this webinar to hear effective ways to approach these tricky
situations and boost your confidence as a woman with diabetes!
 Kimberly Goodson
January 21
Susan Weiner,
2015 AADE Diabetes
Educator of the Year
March 18
Rajeev S. Ramchandran,
Flaum Eye Institute,
University of Rochester

Mary Bregantini,
Prevent Blindness

part 1  
part 2  
part 3   
May 20
Ginger Vieira
June 17
Regina Shirley, RD, LDN
September 16
Diana Naranjo, PhD
November 18
Tips for Making It Easier
(audio jarbled at the beginning)
Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE
February 19
Annabelle Volgman, MD
May 14
Rhonda Merwin, PhD
September 17
Mache Seibel, MD
November 21
Brandy Barnes, MSW &
Natalie Strand, MD