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Take Control During National Diabetes Month

Today marks the kick-off of National Diabetes Month, a fitting occasion since, this month, we cap off another great season of our long-running series Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) with a program about Diabetic Medical Emergencies (premiering November 15).

Host Dr. Steven Edelman, a diabetes specialist at UC San Diego, is your guide as he welcomes a range of guests who offer valuable guidance for managing diabetes medically and psychologically while maintaining an active, healthy and happy lifestyle.

Also make sure to visit the TCOYD blog for exercise tips, recipes from chef Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic and more!

Here’s one episode to share with someone you know who was recently diagnosed, Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis – Don’t Freak Out!


Using Social Media to Help Manage Diabetes

If you’re diagnosed with a chronic disease, your doctor can give you the facts, but where can you go for emotional and practical support? On the latest episode of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, Dr. Steven Edelman welcomes Manny Hernendez and David Edelman to discuss their personal experiences and how social networking helped them and others.

Manny, an electrical engineer, started TuDiabetes, a social network that offers support, education, and sharing the steps taken every day to stay healthy while living with this very serious condition. David started Diabetes Daily after experiencing a lack of local support resources for his wife. He created an online community that connects people with diabetes, facilitates education and promotes advocacy.

Tune in for Using Social Media to Help Manage Your Diabetes – Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Or watch it online now!


Introducing Chef Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic

We’re happy to welcome Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team this season. He’ll be sharing recipes and healthy eating tips on the show and the blog, so we thought we’d let him introduce himself and offer up a little insight into why he is, indeed, the Happy Diabetic. You can learn more about Chef Robert Lewis at Happy Diabetic and watch him on the season premiere of TCOYD!

Growing up in California offered to me a culinary experience I will always cherish. I come from a long line of wonderful cooks. Family food artists and guests in my home were experts in preparing ethnic and traditional dishes, which gave me a love for food and the creative outlet it provided. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1976, my personal and professional cooking journey began.

In 1998 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At that time I was sure my days of good eating were over. What I “heard” in those early days was only the list of food that were prohibited. As I worked through my ups and downs, I came to realize that the selection of foods I could and should eat was vast and included many fabulous favorites, Thus began my motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare.

Requests to share tips and recipes resulted in the publication of two cookbooks, Get Happy, Get Healthy, Recipes from the Kitchen of Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic and Simply Desserts. I speak to audiences at hospitals and health fairs across the country delivering a message of hope and encouragement. My recipes celebrate great tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy.

My wish is that you will have fun as you follow my healthy cooking and eating plan. So…wield your French knife with the confidence of Zorro!

Happy cooking!

Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Season Premiere: Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares