BDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California, focuses on addressing the social, emotional, and psychological barriers to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. To better understand and overcome these obstacles, BDI is actively engaged in research examining the psychological aspects of diabetes and evaluating innovative behavioral interventions. In addition, BDI directly offers an array of unique, behaviorally-oriented products and services for: people with type 1 diabetes; people with type 2 diabetes; parents of children and teens with diabetes; spouses and partners of people with diabetes; and interested health care professionals. Products and services include print materials; online courses and modules, face-to-face workshops and seminars, professional training programs, and an online library of resources.
We invite you to explore the resources available to you from BDI. We also welcome your suggestions for additional resources that might be added to our web site. Thank you!
Dr. Bill Polonsky speaks at EASD in Lisbon, Portugal on the following topics:
September 11-15, 2017
Dr. Polonsky talks about the Emotional Side of Diabetes at TCOYD, in St. Louis, MO.
September 23, 2017
Dr. Polonsky speaks about Behavioral Health in Diabetes Management at AADE in Albuquerque, NM.
September 27, 2017
Dr. Bill Polonsky speaks about Evidenced-Based Hope: The Surprisingly Good News About Avoiding Long Term Complications and Helping Patients Get Back on Track at AADE in Bend, OR.
September 29, 2017
Addressing Psychosocial Challenges and Behavior Change in Diabetes: A skill building Program for Health Care Professionals at the BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA.
October 20-21, 2017
November 3-4, 2017
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BDI’s Monthly Update for September 2017
And so, September is upon us! The quiet months of summer are all but over, and it is time for us to get even busier here at BDI. For those of you who may be attending the 2017 EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) Annual Meeting (occurring in Lisbon), Dr. Polonsky (BDI President) will be presenting on September 13 at the Servier-sponsored symposium (“Real-World Challenges in Type 2 Diabetes: Why A Paradigm Shift is Needed”) and at the Ascensia-sponsored symposium (“Can connectivity Drive Sustained Behavior Change?”). He will also be presenting in Albuquerque on September 27 to the New Mexico chapter of the AADE, in Bend (Oregon) on September 29 to the Oregon chapter of the AADE, and at the next big TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event in St Louis (September 23). Hope to see you there! (Links to all of these events are in our calendar of Upcoming Events on the left-hand side of the page).
BDI staff served as co-authors on four new scientific publications during the past month– one examines the positive benefits of CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) in people with type 2 diabetes to get started on insulin, a second publication looks at how medication adherence may explain why the real-world benefits of our diabetes medications aren’t typically as effective as the results we see in clinical trials, a third explores how the ways in which we regulate our own emotions influences whether on not diabetes distress may occur, and a fourth publication is a commentary that explores the widespread problem of medication adherence in diabetes and how we can best address it.
Don’t forget about our 2017 two-day training program, “ Addressing Psychosocial Challenges and Behavior Change in Diabetes: A Skill Building Program for Health Care Professionals” (much thanks to Dexcom and Merck!). The first program is scheduled for October 20 – 21, and the second one is scheduled for November 3 -4 (both will be held here in sunny San Diego). If you care to attend either one, please note that space is limited and the programs are already filling up. To register or more details, see here
Due to the demand, Dr. Guzman (BDI’s Director of Clinical Services) just last week presented an abbreviated version of our two-day training program to a medical group here in southern California. It was a resounding success and the feedback has been terrific. If you might be interested in having us bring our program to your neck of the woods, just let us know.
Wishing you all a wonderful Fall from your friends here at BDI!