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While preparing for the upcoming Think Like a Pancreas Book Club series that launches this summer (June 2022), I read a lot about medications (other than insulin) that are often used to manage blood sugars in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. I noticed that most of them were meant for type 2 diabetics and all but one were only approved for use in people over the age of 18. The one exception was Metformin which is approved for use in children ages 10 and up. That got me wondering, are there any pediatric type 1 diabetics who have been prescribed metformin?? If so, why? And how is it working for them? Eventually I found today's guest, Amelia, whose 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at the age of 8 and Type 1 diabetes at the age of 10. Just a few months ago she was prescribed Metformin due to significant insulin resistance and was placed on a Tandem pump. Listen in as Amelia explains all about their type 1 journey and how managing diabetes is now compared to even just a month or two ago. It's pretty fascinating! Enjoy!  SUPPORT THE SHOW through Buy Me a Coffee!**Buy me a Coffee is a no strings attached way to support the show! Every donation given, whether it is a one time gift or a monthly membership, goes to making this podcast come to life each and every week. It helps fund things like the physical and virtual equipment needed to produce a podcast such as a website (I use Podpage), a recording platform (I use Squadcast), a podcast hosting platform (I use Buzzsprout) and editing software ( I use Descript). I truly appreciate support from listeners like you so, from the very bottom of my insulin cartridge, thank you!Support the show
Meet Lauren Bongiorno! Founder and CEO of Risely Health, a diabetes health coaching company that is passionate about empowering those living with type 1 diabetes. Lauren was diagnosed with T1D when she was 7 years old and, as a product of her own diabetes journey, has made it her life's mission to teach others how to live in freedom with type 1 diabetes. Lauren shares about what she remembers from her diagnosis story and all about Risely health! Enjoy! LINKS AND RESOURCESRisely Health WebsiteRisely on InstagramLauren on Instagram Reclaim your Rise PodcastPRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEKSimpatch for DexcomSimpatch for LibreSimpatch for OmnipodUnisolve Adhesive RemoverSupport the show through Buy Me a Coffee!**Buy me a Coffee is a no strings attached way to support the show! Every donation given, whether it is a one time gift or a monthly membership, goes to making this podcast come to life each and every week. It helps fund things like the physical and virtual equipment needed to produce a podcast such as a website (I use Podpage), a recording platform (I use Squadcast), a podcast hosting platform (I use Buzzsprout) and editing software ( I use Descript). I truly appreciate support from listeners like you so, from teh very bottom of my insulin cartridge, thank you!Support the show
This is episode 68 of the Sugar Mama’s Podcast and today I am chatting with my very good friend, Shannan Critzer. Shannan is a 5th grade teacher, mom to a truly amazing young lady living with type 1 diabetes,  and she is just a wonderful, kind and funny human being. Shannan shares with us today what it is like to have your T1D participate in a MAJOR clinical research trial testing the drug, Teplizumab. For those of you who haven’t heard of Teplizumab in the type one research space, it is an IV infused drug that has shown great promise in protecting and prolonging the insulin producing life of beta cells of newly diagnosed T1Ds as well as those who may have the auto antibody markers and are trying to delay or even prevent clinical onset of type 1 diabetes. It’s truly fascinating. I know you are going to enjoy this interview with Shannan! Enjoy! Want to contact Shannan and discuss clinical research trials?! Find her in Instagram @scritzer711PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK! If you need an item of clothing that will allow your child to securely keep their phone and other gadgets on them at all times, you've got to check out these  Fabletics On-the-go high-waisted 6" short with Powerhold Fabric. Sign up for their VIP membership to get these shorts for $12 a pair! SUPPORT THE SHOW! Buy Me a CoffeeSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Mark Heyman is a clinical diabetes psychologist and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) who has been living with type 1 diabetes for about 23 years. Mark has dedicated his practice to helping other T1Ds with the mental and emotional challenges that come with managing diabetes on a constant, daily basis. Mark is also the author of a JUST released book called Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It! Now... if that's not a title we can all relate to I don't know what is! Listen in today as Mark shares more about his role as a diabetes psychologist living with T1D and gives listeners a sneak peek of what's inside the new book! Be sure to check out the links below to know where you can grab a copy of Mark's book and find him on the web! Enjoy! Mark's book: Diabetes Sucks and Yo uCan Handle It!Mark's Website: The Diabetes PsychologistADA website to locate a mental health professional near you with experience in diabetes Type One Together Ukraine Donation Insulin Magnet to help get supplies to T1Ds in Ukraine Support the show through Buy Me a Coffee!**Buy me a Coffee is a no strings attached way to support the show! Every donation given, whether it is a one time gift or a monthly membership, goes to making this podcast come to life each and every week. It helps fund things like the physical and virtual equipment needed to produce a podcast such as a website (I use Podpage), a recording platform (I use Squadcast), a podcast hosting platform (I use Buzzsprout) and editing software ( I use Descript). I truly appreciate support from listeners like you so, from teh very bottom of my insulin cartridge, thank you! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
This is episode #66 of the Sugar Mama’s Podcast and today I get to chat with the lovely and gracious Elizabeth Forrest who is the founder of Touched by Type One. Touched by Type 1 (TBT1) is a non profit organization that is dedicated to spreading awareness about type 1 diabetes as well as providing a number of amazing resources to the type 1 community with the goal of making life with T1D easier and more enjoyable. My family has personally been involved with a few of TBT1’s programs and I cannot say enough good things about them. Listen in as Elizabeth shares the story of TBT1, how it has grown over the past 20+ years and how you can get involved. Enjoy!Find Touched by Type 1 on the web HERE! TBT1 on Instagram HERETBT1 on Facebook HERESupport the show through Buy Me a Coffee!Click HERE to write a Review of the show on the website, on Apple Podcasts or on SpotifySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Let's talk sleepovers and type 1 diabetes! Things to consider, what to pack, how much education to provide and how to deal. My daughter, Sarah, has successfully made it through 4 recent sleepovers, not including several with her grandparents. Listen in to these tips and tricks to make your T1D's next sleepover a success! Support the show! BUY ME A COFFEEWrite a Review of the show HERE! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Today's topic, is not one that is talked about often but one that I and my my guest, Brooke Giordano, think is very important to acknowledge. Trauma and grief are words often associated with horrific events, major accidents or the loss of a loved one. I would argue to say that receiving a type 1 diagnosis is a traumatic event, one that may people grieve in cycles throughout the course of their life. Brooke Giordano is a marriage and family therapist and a fellow type 1 mom whose daughter, Amelia, was diagnosed around the same time and at the same age as my daughter, Sarah. Listen in as Brooke and I discuss the trauma and grief of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis and how it effects the whole family. Enjoy! Learn more about Brooke:Product feature of the week! The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva EgerSupport the show! Buy Me a Coffee Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Today's episode features the super sweet Mandi Franklin; author, blogger, pediatric nurse practitioner and type 1 warrior. Today we get to hear about Mandi's life with T1D, how she's been able to use her type 1 experience to better the quality of care she offers to her patients and she tells us all about her adorable children's picture book, Is My Best Friend a Robot? I can't wait for you to listen in on this chat. Enjoy! See links below to find Mandi and her book on the web! Mandi's Blog: https://www.petitenp.com/ Mandi's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandithepetitenp/Mandi's book, Is My Best Friend a Robot? Support the Show through Buy Me a Coffee or by writing a review! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
It's the last episode in the series for parents of T1D teens and today's guest is Bob Weishar, founder of the Invincible Kids Network. Listen in as Bob tells us all about the AMAZING resources Invincible has to offer the T1D community and what it was like to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a freshman in college. Yikes! Make sure to check out the links below so you can easily find the Invincible kids network on the web and on social media! Invincible Kids Website! Invincible Kids on Instagram! Invincible Kids on Facebook!Invincible Kids on YouTube! PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEKBook #1 Sal and Gabi Break the Universe Book #2 Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseSUPPORT THE SHOWBuy Me a CoffeeWrite a ReviewSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Family therapist and Diabetes Nurse Educator, Joe Solowiejczyk, is back for today's episode to talk about diabetes and eating disorders, specifically in our type 1 teens. Joe and I talk about what eating disorders and disordered eating looks like, the signs and symptoms to watch for and how to help your teen who may be struggling with their relationship with food. It's a heavy topic but an important one. Want to work with Joe? Find him on his website at A Mile in My Shoes. Have a question? You can email Joe at joe@amileinmyshoes.com Enjoy the show!Joe's Book: A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the UniverseMORE RESOURCES:DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria for Eating DisordersJDRF: Type 1 and Eating DisordersBook on DIABULIMIA Support the Sugar Mama's Podcast at Buy Me a CoffeeFollow the show on Instagram @sugarmamaspodcastJoin the Facebook GroupSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Today, Rachel Halverson (RN, CDCES), and I are talking about drinking, diabetes and the effect that alcohol has on blood sugar. Why is this HERE as part of the teen series, you may be wondering?? I think it's very important to have a calm discussion with your older teen about how alcohol effects the liver and what that can do to blood sugar levels in the body of a T1D. My hope is that they will use that information to make smart decisions that will keep them safe while out with friends. Quite honestly, I think we are kidding ourselves if we think our teen is never going to drink before they are legally allowed to do so. This episode is full of great and, in my opinion, fascinating, information. Find Rachel on the web HERESign up for Rachel's Bolus Busters course HERE Save $50 off the Bolus Busters course at checkout using code SUGARMAMAInformation about diabetes and drinking from the College Diabetes Network HERESupport the show through Buy Me a CoffeePRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK! (Amazon Affiliate Link) Diet Detector Test Strips Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
I'm back today with Moira McCarthy, fellow type 1 mama and author of the book Raising Teens with Diabetes: a Survival Guide for Parents. This episode was inspired by one of the chapter's in her book and is all about driving. What do teens with type 1 diabetes need to know before they get behind the wheel of a car to be ready to tackle the road responsibly? Find out in today's episode! Plus, some tips and tricks to keep them safe and their parents sane while learning how to drive. Buy Moira's Book! Click HERE. Support the Show at Buy Me a CoffeeNeed Help Getting your child's diabetes under control? Check out the Bolus Busters Course by Rachel Halverson Use code SUGARMAMA at checkout to save $50Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Even if your child with type 1 diabetes is a toddler, it's never too early to start planning for those future college years! Today my guest is Molly Johannes from the College Diabetes Network (CDN). Listen in as we discuss all the resources and support CDN offers to help prepare you and your T1D for transitioning off to college and into young adulthood. The resources CDN has on their website are expansive and impressive so be sure to check them out! Also, I highly encourage you to look and see if your child's university has a CDN chapter that they can be a part of. See links below and enjoy the show.VISIT THEIR WEBSITE! Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find links to their social media including Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter and FacebookThe College Diabetes Network website: https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Bolus Busters course by Rachel Halverson**Save $50 with code SUGARMAMA at checkout**Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
The T(een)1D Podcast is a type 1 diabetes podcast hosted by a T1D teen. Pretty amazing, right?! In todays episode, I get to talk with the impressive host of this show, Jacqueline Lynch. Listen in as she shares her story and tells listeners all about her podcast! Be sure to find the T9een)1D Podcast on social media using the links below! T(een)1D Podcast on Instagram: @teen1dpodcastT(een)1D Podcast on Facebook: @teen1dpodcastT(een)1D Podcast on YouTube: T(een)1D Podcast SUPPORT THE SHOW THROUGH Buy Me a Coffee (thank you!)PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK! Lunchbox Notes with Jokes! The perfect way to bring a smile to your T1D's face in the middle of the school day and also the perfect spot to write those itemized carb counts. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Stacey Simms is the host of the very successful T1D news podcast, Diabetes Connections and the author of the book The World's Worst Diabetes Mom. Not only that, but she is also mom to Benny, a now almost 17 year old young man who was diagnosed with type 1 right before he turned two. Today she steps out of her normal roll of podcast host to be my guest! Stacey talks to us about the evolution of diabetes management in their home from the toddler years to the late teen years and what it looks like now with her son getting ready to enter young adulthood.  Find Stacey on the Web, Socials and Listen to her podcast, Diabetes Connections, by clicking HERE. Check out Stacey's book, The World's Worst Diabetes Mom, on Amazon by clicking HERE. Find Stacey on Instagram @staceysimmsPRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Clover Honey Sticks! The perfect 4 carb low treat!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Join me today as I speak with Diabetes Nurse Educator and family therapist, Joe Solowiejczyk, as we discuss how to handle burnout and rebellion in teenagers living with type 1 diabetes. Joe has been working in the field of diabetes for over 40 years and has been living the type 1 life himself for over 60 years, diagnosed at age 7. Joe is a tough love, no nonsense kind of guy with a soft spot for crazy teens. You'll really enjoy hearing Joe's perspective and sage advice. Want to work with Joe? Find him on his website at A Mile in My Shoes. Have a question? You can email Joe at joe@amileinmyshoes.com Enjoy the show!Joe's Book: A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the UniversePRODUCT FEATURE IF THE WEEK! Highkey Mini Chocolate Chip CookiesSupport the show at Buy Me a CoffeeFollow the show on Instagram @sugarmamaspodcastJoin the Facebook GroupSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Episode 54 features Rachel Halverson, CDCES. If you remember, Rachel is the trooper that joined me for ALL 10 weeks of the newly diagnosed series. Today, Rachel and I discuss a general overview of insulin needs in teenagers with Type 1 Diabetes. Rachel has been living with T1D for the past 25 years and has been a volunteer camp counselor at Camp Kudzu in Georgia for years working with teens of all ages. This episode describes what is going on physiologically in a teens body throughout puberty and how that may be reflected in the insulin needs and blood sugars. WARNING: This episode does cover what may be considered as more young adult and adult topics such as the menstrual cycle in case you have little ears listening and want to avoid an onslaught of potentially awkward questions on the way to school. Find Rachel and her online coaching business, Give Me Some Sugar, on Instagram. Check out the camp where Rachel volunteers at, Camp Kudzu, in Georgia. PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Mirabalm, the all natural adhesive remover! Summary of Studies on Teens with T1D click HERE! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
This is episode 53 of the Sugar Mama’s Podcast and the very first in our series for parents of T1D teens. I just want to encourage you that, even if your type 1 kiddo isn’t a teen, don’t check out! There are so many nuggets of wisdom sprinkled in throughout these episodes that apply not only to the teen years, but to the right here and the right now. Today my guest is Moira McCarty. Moira is mom to a now adult daughter living with type 1 diabetes. Shas been heavily involved with JDRF throughout the years, writes for a living and is the author of the book Raising Teens with Diabetes: a survival guide for parents. Today Mora shares not only her book with us, but also her experience navigating the teen years as a type 1 mom. You’re going to enjoy this chat very much. Buy Raising Teens with Diabetes on Amazon! PRODUCT FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Get your own personal diabetes manager with your very own Alexa! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Episode 52 features Kyrra Richards, owner, founder and CEO of Myabetic. If you don't already know, Myabetic sells chic and fashionable diabetes products that are truly beautiful AND practical. From purses to sling bags, backpacks to pillows... they have it all. When it comes to toting around all your Type 1 supplies, why sacrifice style?! Now you don't have to with Myabetic. Kyrra tells us all about her diagnosis story, how she got Myabetic off the ground and what resources Myabetic offers to the Type 1 community.  Pssst... it's more than cute handbags. Listen in to find out more!Use Promo Code SUGARMAMAS at checkout to get 15% off your Myabetic order! Support the show over at BUY ME A COFFEEFind Myabetic on the web! https://www.myabetic.com/Learn more about Myabetic Diabetes TV! On Instagram: @myabetic On Facebook: @myabeticOn Tik Tok: Myabetic Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
Today I had the pleasure of talking to Skiy Berglund whose daughter, Vera, has been participating in the Omnipod 5 (OP5) Clinical Reasearch Trial (CRT) for the past year! If you're anything like me, you've been waiting patiently since 2020 for the new closed loop system from Omnipod to drop any day now. It is in its final stages of getting FDA approval. Bring it on! Today, Skiy answers all my questions about the OP5 system and what it was like participating in Insulet's CRT. If you've been waiting, too, and are dying to know more about what OP5 has to offer from the perspective of a type 1 mom, then this episode is truly a treat!  Plus, Skiy tells us all about her two T1D children's books and the adorable story behind them! Check out the affiliate links below to find them on Amazon! SKIY'S BOOKSThe Girl Who Chases UnicornsA ONEderful Story about Type 1 Diabetes: Becoming V. VictoriousFIND SKIY ON INSTAGRAM@ouronederfullifeSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sugarmama)
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