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’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
March 18, 2019
Dr. Polonsky speaks at the 24th Annual Diabetes Update Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas.
March 29, 2019
TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Santa Clara, CA.
March 30, 2019
Welcome to BDI’s March update!
- On March 18, 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.
- On March 29, Dr. Polonsky will be a keynote speaker at 24th Annual Diabetes Update Symposium at the UAMS Campus in Little Rock, Arkansas. He will be presenting on “Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies for Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes”.
- On March 30, Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event in Santa Clara, CA. See: https://tcoyd.org/tcoyd-santaclara-2019/. We hope to see many of you there.
- BDI staff are proud to be co-authors on an important new research publication this month, “Identifying solutions to psychological insulin resistance: An international study”, which examines (for the first time ever) how people with type 2 diabetes around the world were able to overcome their reluctance to getting started on insulin. See here.
- It is not often we run into an article that perfectly describes the experience of living with a tough disease like diabetes, so we are delighted to recommend that you take a look at the wonderful new article by Tessa Miller in the New York Times.
- BDI is beginning a new study that examines the experiences and feelings about hypoglycemia in spouses and partners of people with type 1 diabetes. We will be looking for people to participate very soon, so stay tuned for a more detailed announcement about this study. Thanks to Xeris pharmaceuticals for sponsoring this exciting new area of research.
- And don’t forget our awesome new CME video series. The first series of nine web-based video modules for health care professionals, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes” are now available, at no cost! The number of people who have already viewed it is remarkable, 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.