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!
2019 Friends For Life, Orlando, FL.
July 18-19, 2019
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
July 22, 2019
Welcome to BDI’s July update!
- Your Diabetes Tune-Up: It is already July, so we are about halfway thru our six-month program for adults who are feeling frustrated, tired, or overwhelmed with diabetes (led by Drs. Guzman and Polonsky). We hope to start a new six-month program before the end of the year. If you might be interested in joining us on this new adventure and you live in the greater San Diego area, get on the waiting list by notifying us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On July 18 and 19, Dr. Polonsky is proud to be participating in the 2019 Friends For Life program in Orlando, FL (an annual program for kids, teen and adults with type 1 diabetes and their families, organized by Children with Diabetes). As anyone who has ever attended an FFL program knows, this is an absolutely wonderful and life-affirming event. Dr. Polonsky will be offering multiple presentations throughout the program and is looking forward seeing old friends and making new ones. Hope to see many of you there!
- On July 22, BDI will again host our monthly case consultation group for mental health professionals here in southern California. If you might like to join us and/or would like further information, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Another new publication: Along with Professor Jendle and colleagues, Dr. Polonsky was a co-author on a new article this month, “Improved treatment satisfaction in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with once-weekly semaglutide in the SUSTAIN trials”.
- For healthcare professionals, Medscape has just released a new CME video program, “Practical Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Barriers to Insulin Initiation in the Primary Care Setting”, featuring Dr. Polonsky in conversation with Dr. Xavier Cos from Barcelona.
- And speaking of video programs, don’t forget about BDI’s own CME video series (featuring Drs. Guzman and Polonsky). The first series of nine web-based video modules for health care professionals, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes” are now available, at no cost! More than a thousand healthcare professionals from all over the United States have already completed the video modules, and the numbers are growing every day! See https://cme.ucsd.edu/psychosocialdiabetes/. We give thanks to the generous support of Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck for making this possible. Of note, we are hoping to complete an additional series of modules within the next year, and we are currently awaiting news regarding the needed support from the diabetes industry.