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Managing and Preventing Diabetes: Insights from a Diabetic Educator with Type 2 Diabetes

Updated: Mar 7


Diabetic Educator
James Brown

Diabetes is a prevalent health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. In this podcast episode Managing & Preventing Diabetes, James Brown, a diabetic educator with 25 years of experience, shares valuable insights on managing diabetes and preventing its onset. From the impact of lifestyle choices to the role of medication and exercise, Brown provides a comprehensive overview of diabetes management. Let’s delve into the key points discussed in this enlightening conversation.




Understanding Diabetes: Types and Causes

Woman checking blood sugar levels

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: Result of an autoimmune reaction by the body,

often showing up after viral infections. Requires frequent insulin

injections and is insulin-dependent.

Type 2 Diabetes: Primarily a result of insulin resistance induced

by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise habits.



Liquid calories; sugary drinks

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

Lifestyle-Induced: Lifestyle-Induced: Excessive consumption of carbohydrates and sugars triggers insulin resistance, in folks with genetic pre-disposition, leading to the onset of type 2 diabetes.




Lifestyle and Dietary Recommendations


Women cooking non-starchy vegetables and whole grains

Dietary Guidelines

Avoid Liquid Calories: Sugary drinks, fruit juices, and

sweetened beverages should be limited or avoided.

Balanced Plate: Emphasizes non-starchy vegetables,

limited starchy foods, and moderate portions of proteins and fats.

Carbohydrate Awareness: Opt for whole grains and

minimize the consumption of refined carbohydrates.



Father doing yoga with his daughter

Exercise and Blood Sugar Control

Impact of Exercise: Even a 20-minute walk can significantly reduce blood sugar levels, making it an effective tool for managing diabetes.

Exercise Variety: Yoga, pool walking, and resistance training are highlighted as beneficial forms of exercise for individuals with diabetes.



Medical Treatment and Medication


self blood test monitoring

Medication Progression

Metformin: Frontline oral medication for managing

type 2 diabetes, often recommended initially to control

blood sugar levels and protect organs.

GLP-1 Agonists: Emerging as an alternative to traditional

insulin therapy, with a focus on addressing insulin

resistance and promoting weight loss.



collaborative care with healthcare provider

Medical Intervention

Individualized Treatment: Brown emphasizes the importance of providing feedback to healthcare providers to tailor treatment plans to the specific needs and tolerances of each patient.

Collaborative Care: Building a partnership with healthcare providers to monitor and manage diabetes effectively.


Community Engagement and Awareness


Diabetes Education Programs


Father with children at 5k run, Sugar Rush, Hardin MT

Southern Illinois School of Endocrinology Program: An intensive

2-hour education program designed to empower individuals with

diabetes through comprehensive education and support.

Public Events: The "Sugar Rush" event serves as a platform to raise

awareness, fund education, and promote community engagement in

diabetes prevention and management by providing a virtual or

in person 5k or 1 mile run or walk.



Empowering Patients: Final Thoughts


Collaborative care between patient and healthcare provider

Patient-Provider Partnership

Active Participation: Brown emphasizes the need for patients to actively participate in their treatment and provide regular feedback to their healthcare providers.

Building a Support Team: Creating a collaborative care approach with healthcare providers to ensure effective diabetes management and treatment.



In conclusion, the podcast offers valuable insights into the multifaceted aspects of diabetes management, ranging from lifestyle modifications to medical interventions and community-based awareness programs. Brown's expertise and passion for empowering individuals with diabetes shine through, providing a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in managing and preventing diabetes.


Father playing with his kids
couple walking dog: 20-minute walk can significantly reduce blood sugar levels

As the prevalence of diabetes continues

to rise, this podcast serves as a beacon of

knowledge, offering practical guidance and

empowering individuals to take charge of

their health through informed decision-

making and proactive engagement with

healthcare providers and community resources.



To listen to the podcast:




To sign up for the virtual or in person Sugar Rush:

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