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On Saturday, June 12, 10-11 AM, I will be the guest on a local radio talk show. The station is WKNY in Kingston, NY. The host, Jody McTeague, will interview me about diabetes and my book. She has read the book. There will be call-ins during the last portion of the show.

Here is a link to the radio station. You can listen online to the broadcast. If I embarrass myself, I may never return to the diabetes websites. LOL!

http://www.pendellrd.com/wkny/


I want to help educate the listeners on diabetes. I want to say things that will enable the general public to better understand diabetes. There are many things I intend to work into the hour.

Put yourself into my shoes. What things would you want to mention/discuss? Give me some ideas. I appreciate your help. Thanks!
 

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Perhaps you could make the point for new diabetics that it isn't just candy/pastries/sweets that are jacking up their levels. All the bread/pasta/rice/potatoes makes it harder to regulate too.

Having the kids here this weekend made me realize how little people know, even when they (like our grandson) are running training/diet programs in fitness centers, and advising people how to eat "healthy". At the very least there should be some acknowledgment that it all changes if diabetes comes into the picture.
 

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Wow there is SO MUCH that could be talked about.
But here are a few suggestions:
  • How the countries with the highest dairy consumption. Also have the highest incidence of diabetes.
  • How not all people who get diabetes are overweight.
  • How not all overweight people get diabetes.
  • The amount of money diabetics spend every year controlling their diabetes.
  • At the possibility of being too political; how about mentioning the history of insulin and how it was discovered in Canada

--ET
 

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Please talk about insulin! There is so much to know. I could read a different book everyday about insulin and I still would not know enough. For some people it might just be a simple shot a couple times a day, but for others, they have to really work at it. (like me). Insulin is wonderful if you know how to use it. Doctors don't have the time to educate us on insulin, thankfully we have diabetes educators to help!

Another subject worth mentioning. We need to have a good medical team. Not enough can be said about the importance of that.
 

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Be Yourself...

Please talk about insulin! There is so much to know. I could read a different book everyday about insulin and I still would not know enough. For some people it might just be a simple shot a couple times a day, but for others, they have to really work at it. (like me). Insulin is wonderful if you know how to use it. Doctors don't have the time to educate us on insulin, thankfully we have diabetes educators to help!

Another subject worth mentioning. We need to have a good medical team. Not enough can be said about the importance of that.
... having been a veteran of many radio and television talk shows, all I can say is, prepare a list of things you want to hit on. Other than that, be yourself. Be comfortable. And remember, you would not be the first person to make a mistake on live media. If you just relax, and have a pre-subject talk list ready, the host can probably use that list to lead you with the topics discussed.

Most of the hosts I have sat with have been thankful for my making a list of topics I wanted to cover. Usually they have read your book, but, they are not as familiar with the subject matter as you, the author, is. And I have found that they truly appreciated my taking the time to help them know which way to go in the interview.:juggle:

Good luck, and congrats on the book and interview. Not many folks get this kind of shot in life, Enjoy it, and just...be...you!!!:D
 

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you could maybe mention that just because somebody had type 2 doesnt make it and better or worse that type 1. im so sick and tired of when i tell people that i have diabetes and then when they hear i have type 2 or that i dont take insulin they say oh its not the bad type - well it bloody well is a bad type you try it for a wekk is what i normal say i swear one of thes days i will hit somebody
 

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Thanks

Thank you friends! I appreciate your suggestions. :eek:
 

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Wow, not much more I can add here....you guys came up with great suggestions! I really like the one about misconceptions people have that T2 diabetes is not as bad T1 and that all you need to do is get up off your butt and move and you will be fine. That is so not true as we all know. They both have their difficulties to manage and the complications are the same. The treatments can be different since we have insulin resistance to deal with also...but then again....so do some T1's. I guess I am saying to be sure and include issues faced by both types since there are probably more T2's listening than T1's. You have a lot of knowledge to share so I am sure you are gonna be great! Good luck :)
 

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Thanks Pam!
 

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I think you should express how important it is to find a balanced way to eat. So many people eat low carb with no thoughts of how much fat and calories they are consuming. I think it is important to watch fats as well. It can't be good to avoid lean meats and instead choose fat all the time, especially if one is trying to lose weight.

I have never been overweight, but when I was first diagnosed, I tried doing the Atkin's diet and actually gained weight because of all the fat and calories I was consuming.

Now I choose lean meats and watch the amount of full-fat cheeses that I use. We don't know what the longterm effects of this will be.

Congratulations on being given such a great platform to help educate others.
 

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Not sure what "so many" means, and not looking to argue, but I will say this. Low-carb is not synonymous with "Atkins". Plenty of diabetics who eat low carb are not eating half a pound of bacon for breakfast or drowning their food in cupfuls of melted butter.

For me, low carb began when I realized my BG was not dropping as expected, and that food processors where removing fat from products and replacing it with carbs. At least fats don't elevate my blood sugar the way carbs do. For years I had used light versions of mayonnaise, cream cheese and sour cream. No more. We may not know what the long-term effects of this are, but what we DO know is that eating low-fat has not worked like we've been endoctrinated to believe. Source: Harvard School of Public Health

So low-carb ("high fat") at my house means real heavy cream in my coffee (not creamers loaded with HFCS), a teaspoon of full fat mayo on my sandwich or a pat of full fat real dairy butter on my steamed spinach. It definitely does not mean there is no thought for calories or fat.
 

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Forgive me if i've offended anyone. I was reading on another forum , a Dr. Bernstein and it seemed that everyone there at lots of fat while low-carbing. I have managed to do well at controlling my diabetes for many years by eating low carb and also minimizing the amount of fat I consume.

Perhaps it may be different for some, but I am so worried about my children becoming overweight and ending up with diabetes while they are young, and I feel that as mom I have the responsibility to make the best decisions possible to keep them healthy.

My grandmother and several other family members have heart disease, so this is also a concern to me regarding fat.

Again, i'm sorry if i've stepped on toes. I'm new here and just want to share what has worked for me since my diagnosis.
 

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Forgive me if i've offended anyone. I was reading on another forum , a Dr. Bernstein and it seemed that everyone there at lots of fat while low-carbing. I have managed to do well at controlling my diabetes for many years by eating low carb and also minimizing the amount of fat I consume.

Perhaps it may be different for some, but I am so worried about my children becoming overweight and ending up with diabetes while they are young, and I feel that as mom I have the responsibility to make the best decisions possible to keep them healthy.

My grandmother and several other family members have heart disease, so this is also a concern to me regarding fat.

Again, i'm sorry if i've stepped on toes. I'm new here and just want to share what has worked for me since my diagnosis.
Nothing wrong with sharing...thats how we learn for sure :) I know when I first started eating low carb I made the mistake of going way over board on fatty stuff and did gain some weight with it. (Half pound of bacon....yummy :p ) I think maybe I was missing the carbs so much (I am a complete carb addict) that the only way I was able to be satisfied was to eat things way too high in fat. But, live and learn, right? It took me awhile but I finally figured out what many people here have managed to do....eat low carb and add enough fat without going too over board with it. I also tend to use full fat things like creamer, milk (I actually use 2% instead of skim), etc because I find that adding enough of healthy fats keeps the carbs I am eating from spiking my blood sugar too much, too fast. Thats the tough thing about diabetes...its all about finding the right balance for each of us. Unfortunately what works for me doesnt work for you, etc. Sure would make life easier if it did though :)
 

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No offense, Bree . . . and I can come off as awfully forceful sometimes, so forgive me for that! But don't pull your punches - we need everybody's input . . . what works for any one of us could work for someone else, or not, but they won't know unless we tell them and they try it on for size. Keep on keepin' on! :D
 

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Let's see now.....what was the original subject matter in this discussion????? I think it had something to do with a radio show on Saturday, at 10 AM, ET. LOL!! Oh yes, that was it.
 

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No offense, Bree . . . and I can come off as awfully forceful sometimes, so forgive me for that! But don't pull your punches - we need everybody's input . . . what works for any one of us could work for someone else, or not, but they won't know unless we tell them and they try it on for size. Keep on keepin' on! :D
you sure can - think i would be scared to post any questions about lo carb low or hi fat things now especially when a moderator comes on that strong wonder who moderates the moderators around here.

back to the original question - may be you could also talk about how there seems to be so much controvesry about the whole thing of lo carb low fat and that its really confusing especially when there seem to be fairly militant views/people on both sides of the whole thing.

ok won't mention being worried about eat fats promise :eek::bolt:
 

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you sure can - think i would be scared to post any questions about lo carb low or hi fat things now especially when a moderator comes on that strong wonder who moderates the moderators around here.

back to the original question - may be you could also talk about how there seems to be so much controvesry about the whole thing of lo carb low fat and that its really confusing especially when there seem to be fairly militant views/people on both sides of the whole thing.

ok won't mention being worried about eat fats promise :eek::bolt:

Feel free to ask anything, I don't find people here have "militant views" at all. Its good to hear all sides of an issue really...thats how we learn new things after all :) Remember...what works for one person may not work for another. Diabetes is a very individual thing and we all have to find what works best for us. I have taken bits of advice from many different people in an attempt to see what works for me. Its an ongoing process always.
 
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