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!
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting at the next TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event in Nashville, TN.
September 8, 2018
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting a series of lectures for Carle Foundation Hospital’s Regional Seminar on Diabetes, all focusing on promoting behavior change in diabetes, in Urbana, Illinois.
September 17, 2018
Dr. Polonsky will also be presenting at “Type 3 Night”, the TCOYD San Diego Spotlight Series program. This will be a program for the loved ones of people with diabetes in San Diego, CA.
September 19, 2018
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
September 26, 2018
Dr. Guzman will be presenting “Diabetes Distress: The Missing Link in Diabetes Care” at the 8th Annual Diabetes Conference in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
September 28, 2018
Welcome to BDI’s September 2018 update!
We are proud to announce the launch of BDI’s first-ever video CME series, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes”. They are available to all healthcare professionals at no cost. See the videos here. These nine videos are, we hope, merely the first in a much larger series. We give thanks to the generous support of Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck for making this possible.
One of BDI’s core messages is the importance of “evidence-based hope”, whereby we continue to encourage everyone with diabetes to understand that, with good care and effort, odds are good you can live a long and healthy life with diabetes. (Have you seen BDI’s famous mugs? ). And now a brand new article in our most prestigious medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, provides one more critical piece of supportive evidence. Following more than 270,000 adults with type 2 diabetes for more than 5 years, the authors conclude that “patients with type 2 diabetes who had five risk factor variables within target ranges [A1c, LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, albuminuria and smoking] appeared to have little or no excess risks of death, myocardial infarction, and stroke as compared with the general population.” You can read about it here, and please spread the word.
There are a few important events on the BDI calendar for September:
• Dr. Polonsky will be presenting at the next TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event on September 8 in Nashville. We hope to see many of you there.
• Dr. Polonsky will also be presenting at “Type 3 Night”, the TCOYD San Diego Spotlight Series program on September 19. This will be a program for the loved ones of people with diabetes, and it will be a fun night.
• Dr. Guzman is also on the road in September. On September 28, she will be in Wisconsin, presenting “Diabetes Distress: The Missing Link in Diabetes Care” at the 8th Annual Diabetes Conference in Marshfield .
• On September 17, Dr. Polonsky will be in Urbana, Illinois, where he will be presenting a series of lectures for Carle Foundation Hospital’s Regional Seminar on Diabetes, all focusing on promoting behavior change in diabetes.
• Finally, on September 26, BDI will host our next, San Diego-wide, case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at email@example.com if you would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
And lastly, a bit of bad news: Our September 21-22 CME program here in San Diego, “Addressing Psychosocial Challenges and Behavior Change in Diabetes” has been cancelled. Unfortunately, we were unable to attract the corporate support we needed for this event. We do remain hopeful that the November CME program (a repeat performance of “Addressing Psychosocial Challenges and Behavior Change in Diabetes”), tentatively scheduled for November 3 – 4, will receive the needed funding and we will update you about this as soon as we hear.