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!
BDI will offer its next one-day virtual CME training program, Addressing Psychosocial Challenges in Type 1 Diabetes
December 3, 2021
BDI will host our next case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
December 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM
TCOYD MAKING THE CONNECTION Program
December 11, 2021
American Diabetes Association’s Ask the Expert online event, Support During the Holiday Season.
December 14, 2021
Welcome to BDI’s December 2021 update!
- December 3: Drs. Guzman and Polonsky will be hosting BDI’s final one-day virtual CME training program of 2021, “Addressing Psychosocial Challenges in Type 1 Diabetes.” If you’d like to register, there are still spots remaining! Register here!
- December 8: BDI hosts the San Diego-wide, monthly case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at email@example.com if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our post-September meetings.
- December 11: It is time once again for the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Virtual Conference and Health Fair. The theme of this month’s conference is: “Still Home for the Holidays.” This is an online interactive experience that is open to all people with diabetes everywhere on the planet!
In parallel and at the same time, TCOYD will be offering its virtual MAKING THE CONNECTION program, a great program for healthcare professionals who are looking for the latest information and cutting-edge research in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Both programs will feature an extraordinary group of diabetes healthcare professionals, including our own Dr. Polonsky as one of the featured speakers.
- December 14: Dr. Guzman will be one of the featured speakers at the American Diabetes Association’s next Ask the Expert online event, “Support During the Holiday Season.” Everyone is invited!
In the news
Our friends over at DiabetesMine have penned a wonderful new article about the Diabetes Police and Diabetes Etiquette—always a timely issue during the Holiday season! And they were kind enough to cite BDI’s seminal work in this area. Read it here!
New professional publications
Dr. Polonsky was proud to serve as a co-author on two new peer-reviewed publications this month. The first, “A systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the prevalence of depression between people with and without Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes,” highlights that the rates of depression in people with diabetes do appear to be significantly elevated and worrisome.
The second, “Adherence to and persistence with antidiabetic medications and associations with clinical and economic outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic literature review,” draws attention to the strong link between medication-taking and rates of long-term complications.