WHO WE ARE
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!
ADA 77th Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.
Save the Date! Click here for more information and to register.
June 9-11, 2017
Happy Hour with the Diabetes Hands Foundation, San Diego, CA.
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June 10, 2017
5K@ADA, San Diego, 2017.
Help set the pace for changing diabetes by running or walking the 5K route in San Diego. Click here for more information and to register.
June 11, 2017
BDI’s Monthly Update for May 2017:
We are now gearing up for a busy few months. During May, Dr. Polonsky is honored to be presenting a Grand Rounds lecture at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (May 5). He will also be presenting at the next big Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) program (this time in Raleigh, NC, May 6), the Patient Experience Summit at the Cleveland Clinic (May 23), at the California Medical Best Practice Conference (Indian Health Service, in Sacramento, May 24 and 25),
For those of you who will be in San Diego for the big American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions program, BDI is proud to announce that we have teamed up with our good friends at the Diabetes Hands Foundation for a Happy Hour event on June 10 in downtown San Diego. See the details here. The whole BDI team will be there, so we hope to have a chance to see you then.
And speaking of good news, we want to share with you one exciting new scientific finding from the last month. Just a few weeks ago, our most prestigious medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, published some good news—people with diabetes are living longer and healthier lives. The study looked at an enormous number of people with type 1 diabetes (37,000 of them) and type 2 diabetes (450,000 of them), all in Sweden. They found that since 1998, mortality rates have dropped 29% among people with type 1 diabetes and 21% among people with type 2 diabetes (those are big drops!). There were even bigger reductions in “cardiovascular complications” (like, heart attacks). Of course, heart problems are still happening, so we all need still be careful. But it looks like all of the many changes that health care providers and people with diabetes have been making over the years (such as cutting back on smoking, leading more active lives, staying engaged with their healthcare providers, and using new and effective medications—like statins to lower cholesterol) are really working! Bottom line: people with diabetes really are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.
While the BDI staff wasn’t involved with this wonderful new paper, we do continue to serve as authors and co-authors on other important scientific articles. Just in the past month there were three new papers in which we were involved– one looked at how continuous glucose monitoring improves quality of life, while the other two examined the experience of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Those can be viewed here and here.
Wishing you all the best from your friends here at BDI!