June 2018 eNewsletter

June 2018 eNewsletter

  June 2018, ISSUE 116                                 Sponsored by           
Dear DiabetesSister, 
I don't know about you, but in Chicagoland, it went from frigid temperatures to scorching hot days practically overnight. Despite the heat, I'm so happy for sunshine, flowers and green everywhere. I hope you are enjoying the onset of the summer months!
This month, I urge you to complete our community survey (see link below), so we can continue to provide quality programs and services to women living with diabetes. The survey is short, should only take a few minutes to complete, and we'll draw four names to receive prizes at the end of the month!
Below, I'm pleased to share our initial thoughts on the newly released Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitoring system. I've had the opportunity to trial it for a few weeks, and while no diabetes technology is perfect, I am pleased with the updated technology (which is not to say I didn't also love the G5, I just like shiny new things too!). Next month, we will provide our insights (both Sarah and I have been wearing it), stay tuned to read our thoughts.
Because it's summertime, we've also provided some delicious warmer weather recipes to trial. We hope you enjoy them. And don't forget to take a look at the AADE's emergency preparedness page, offering ideas and tips on how to take diabetes into account when creating an emergency preparedness kit. And because the summer months offer us the opportunity to be outside more, we've provided a link to last month's webinar on Diabetes and Physical Activity - take a listen, it's great!
Finally, I'd like to highlight our PODS Meetup group in Columbus, Ohio. Led by Diane Berinato and Allison Hurley, this group is a great example of the need for and benefits of peer support. If you'd like to become involved in a PODS Meetup group, or you'd like to start one in your area, please let us know. We'd love to help you get set up.
Until next month!
In Sisterhood,

Anna Norton, MS, CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

We'd like to know more about our community so we can continue to bring relevant and educational content to our website and newsletter, webinars, social media, and in-person programs and services. We appreciate your responses to this brief survey about your life with diabetes and treatments. 
We will draw four winners from the total group of survey respondents to each win a $75 Amazon gift certificate. Please complete this survey by Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5pm est. If you are a winner, you will be notified via email on Monday, July 2, 2018.


We recently had an opportunity to trial the new Dexcom G6 which will be available to the masses this month. Below, in pictures, are our initial thoughts. Next month, we will have a write up after we've used the system for a month.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we will post more of our experiences in Stories.

Want to learn more about the G6? Read our interview with Kevin Sayer, CEO of Dexcom here.

Dexcom is a 2018 National Strategic Partner of DiabetesSisters.


Last month we were pleased to host two educational seminars for Hispanic women with diabetes in Miami.  Both events were held at the Leon Medical Healthy Living Center and were presented entirely in Spanish.

On May 16, Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE spoke about the effects of physical activity on diabetes management and heart health. Attendees particularly enjoyed the exercises Lorena taught them when referring to their posture.

Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE, teaches the importance of exercise.
Frank Lavernia, MD, discusses diabetes, heart health and kidneys.

During our second seminar, on May 23,  DiabetesSisters' Board Member Frank Lavernia, MD discussed the connections between diabetes, heart health, and kidney health with a focus on Latin women. We loved seeing the large turnout!

DiabetesSisters looks forward to bringing more educational seminars to minority communities, including this week in Silver Spring, MD (see link to attend in the right column).

We are grateful for the support of our partners which allow us to host these programs: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Merck, Novo Nordisk and Lilly.


Allison Hurley had lived with type 1 diabetes for about 14 years when her endocrinologist referred her to DiabetesSisters in the spring of 2016, with the hopes of starting a local support group for women with diabetes in Columbus, Ohio. Allison immediately began plans for a PODS Meetup and led the first meeting in July 2016. Diane Berinato had participated in and loved the Virtual PODS Meetup online for several years, and was excited to learn about the new in-person PODS Meetup in Columbus. At the first meeting, Diane offered to co-lead the group with Allison, and the Columbus PODS Meetup was well on its way.
The Columbus PODS group has met at various locations around town such as libraries, parks, and different restaurants. Allison and Diane have invited guest speakers to meetings and had casual picnics.  Meetup discussion topics have included stress, communicating, and carb counting.
"I've learned so much from DiabetesSisters, including how important it is to reach out to women. Every woman needs to have support and contacts to help them deal with diabetes and never feel alone." - Diane Berinato, Columbus OH PODS co-leader
The need for and benefits of peer support ring through both Columbus PODS Leaders' experiences with DiabetesSisters. Allison shares that the support she's gained through meeting other women with diabetes is both very inspirational and has helped her gain better management of her health.   Diane thinks so too, feeling more confident about living with diabetes since finding DiabetesSisters and PODS.

Looking for some delicious foods to indulge in at picnics and cookouts, while still keeping your diabetes management on track?  Look no further!  These recipes from the American Diabetes Association's magazine, Diabetes Forecast, are both tasty and nutritious!
Salmon Burgers - 4g carbs per burger
Reduced-Carb Sangria - 4g carbs per 1/2 cup
Pineapple Peach Sorbet - 10g carbs per 1/2 cup

Our most recent Life Class Series Webinar focused on the common challenges of exercising with diabetes.  Moderator Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year, lead this informative discussion.  Panelists Rachel Zinman, Founder of Yoga for Diabetes and Christel Oerum, Founder of DiabetesStrong offered tips and solutions to help solve the diabetes and exercise dilemma.
Stay tuned for more Life Class Webinars coming soon.  In the meantime check out other archived webinars here.

We may not like to think about it, but emergency situations can happen.  And living with diabetes means we need to be extra prepared when things go awry. Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADEhave compiled resources to help us be prepared when emergency situations arise.  Topics include caring for people with diabetes during an emergency, a checklist for preparing an evacuation kit, and tips and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Wednesday, June 7, 5:45pm EST
Diabetes, Heart Health and You: Candid Conversations with Estelle Everett, MD
Silver Spring, MD
For more information, click here or email us at info@diabetessisters.org

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