93 episodes

Diabetes is a grind. How are we supposed to live our lives? Count carbs, take some insulin and smile?



That's funny. We know there's more to it. You do too! DiabetesDailyGrind.com gives a different kind of support. We're here to inspire people with diabetes to make the most of life. We want you to run marathons. We are dispelling hottub fears. We dish out ideas for using diabetes to pick-up women. We are not afraid of carbohydrates.



Each podcast presents a new conversation between Ryan, Amber, John and prospective guests pushing the diabetes envelope. Look out for new shows once every two weeks. For a preview of the show's content, check out DiabetesDailyGrind.com!

Real Life Diabetes Amber Clour

    • Nutrition
    • 4.7 • 87 Ratings

Diabetes is a grind. How are we supposed to live our lives? Count carbs, take some insulin and smile?



That's funny. We know there's more to it. You do too! DiabetesDailyGrind.com gives a different kind of support. We're here to inspire people with diabetes to make the most of life. We want you to run marathons. We are dispelling hottub fears. We dish out ideas for using diabetes to pick-up women. We are not afraid of carbohydrates.



Each podcast presents a new conversation between Ryan, Amber, John and prospective guests pushing the diabetes envelope. Look out for new shows once every two weeks. For a preview of the show's content, check out DiabetesDailyGrind.com!

    Podcast 99: Changing Paths = Code For You Have To Start Giving Shots | Manny Hernandez

    Podcast 99: Changing Paths = Code For You Have To Start Giving Shots | Manny Hernandez

    Manny Hernandez is a published author, recognized diabetes advocate, and speaker on the power of community for social impact who reminds us, while we are not on this journey by choice, it’s not a path we need to take alone. What better way to wrap up 2020 than with a brave soul who transformed his professional career to connect with others who understand similar challenges. 



    SPONSOR:

    This episode was brought to you by MyDiabetes.diet, a personalized management and weight loss plan created specifically for people struggling with diabetes related issues. Their team of qualified nutritionists created these plans to help you improve your overall health, lose weight and manage your diabetes. They believe every person deserves to live their best life possible without feeling too restricted or forced to eat foods they don’t like.



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    BIO:

    A health advocate who has lived with diabetes since 2002, Manny co-founded and ran the Diabetes Hands Foundation through 2015. In May 2015, he joined Livongo, where he helped grow the company from 50 to 600+ employees. He was Product Manager for the first ever Glucose Meter with Over-the-Air capabilities; he created a Direct-To-Consumer channel for Livongo for Diabetes; and he built the company’s Learning & Development and Workplace functions from scratch, and led Diversity & Inclusion, Recognition, and Volunteering initiatives. Since April 2020, Manny has been VP of People and Culture at Tidepool.org.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:



    * Connect with Manny on Twitter, LinkedIn or on his website.

    * The Affiliate Page is now Live!!



    * If you want to get involved shoot Penelope an email at penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.







    * The Just the Facts Please podcast series will soon launch featuring industry leaders and experts in the medical field. Please contact Penelope if you’re interested in learning more.

    * Leave an  iTunes review

    * Sign up for the Diabetes Daily Grind Newsletter

    * Stay Engaged: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a href="https://www.youtube.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Podcast 98: Research Is Me Search | Dr. Allyson Hughes

    Podcast 98: Research Is Me Search | Dr. Allyson Hughes

    Dr. Allyson Hughes is a self-proclaimed animal lover, methodology geek and research scientist who collaborates with various industries to develop research projects from beginning to end, and advocates for health policy with the data she collects. Having been diagnosed with T1D herself, she knows all too well the struggles we face. This is what prompted her career path as a health psychologist dedicated to improving the lives of people living with diabetes.



    SPONSOR:

    This episode was brought to you by MyDiabetes.diet, a personalized management and weight loss plan created specifically for people struggling with diabetes related issues. Their team of qualified nutritionists created these plans to help you improve your overall health, lose weight and manage your diabetes. They believe every person deserves to live their best life possible without feeling too restricted or forced to eat foods they don’t like.



    USE THIS LINK to learn more and get a 75% discount on your 6 month plan.



    BIO:

    Dr. Allyson Hughes is a health psychologist who was diagnosed at the age of 7 in rural Ohio. While completing her doctorate, she joined the T1D Exchange Boston. As a scientist, she collaborates with industry partners and pharmaceutical companies to develop research to help people with type 1 diabetes and their family members. She advocates for health policy with data she collects. She is a self-proclaimed animal lover, methodology geek, and chronic disease and disability advocate.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:





    * Connect with Allyson on LinkedIn. Check out her Recent Publication, including the topics of type 1 diabetes, cost, hypoglycemia, and mental health.

    * Checkout this ETSY shop who makes Happy Diaversary cake toppers.

    * We’re gearing up for the 100th Unicorn episode. Wow!



    * For more details CLICK HERE or shoot Penelope an email, penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.



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    • 43 min
    Podcast 97: A Snarky Comment Helps Lessen the T1D Burden | Jutta Haaramo

    Podcast 97: A Snarky Comment Helps Lessen the T1D Burden | Jutta Haaramo

    I’m a sucker for witty banter and was thrilled to connect with Jutta Haaramo, co-founder of the Happy Bob app, who has brought a bit of lightheartedness to managing her son’s life with T1D. Her mission is to share the latest diabetes data, without overloading people with information by making it a fun, and rewarding experience. This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership with Jutta and the Happy Bob app team.



    SPONSOR:

    This episode was brought to you by Outer Aisle Gourmet Foods, a delicious low-carb, grain & gluten-free bread made from simple ingredients like cauliflower, eggs and parmesan. Be sure to use DAILYGRIND20 at checkout for a 20% discount on your first order.



    BIO:

    Jutta Haaramo, Happy Bob Founder and T1D Mom. Six years ago Jutta’s oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  With the overload of diabetes data, Jutta started to think about how the real-time diabetes data could be turned into intuitive, fun experiences that would help in keeping glucose more stable. Together with a small team they built Happy Bob, a diabetes app combining gamification and humor that is used by thousands of people with diabetes every day.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    Article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. LINK



    * Happy Bob Website

    * App Store & Play Store

    * Instagram & Facebook

    * We’re gearing up for the 100th Unicorn episode. Wow!



    * For more details CLICK HERE or shoot Penelope an email, penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.







    * The Just the Facts Please podcast series will soon launch featuring industry leaders and experts in the medical field. Please contact Penelope if you’re interested in learning more.

    * Leave an  iTunes review

    * Sign up for the Diabetes Daily Grind Newsletter

    * Stay Engaged: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, & Pinterest

    • 56 min
    Podcast 96: I’m Not a China Doll | Janet Hatch & Zandra Soanes

    Podcast 96: I’m Not a China Doll | Janet Hatch & Zandra Soanes

    Thankfully, many of us living with Type 1 diabetes have a supportive parent(s), but have we really taken time to think about how our diagnosis affected our loved ones. When Janet’s media kit fell on my desk, I knew I wanted to connect. Their story of strength and partnership as they navigated through this disease, both highs and lows, is a reminder – we are not alone. 

    SPONSOR:

    This episode was brought to you by Outer Aisle Gourmet Foods, a delicious low-carb, grain & gluten-free bread made from simple ingredients like cauliflower, eggs and parmesan. Be sure to use DAILYGRIND20 at checkout for a 20% discount on your first order.



    BIO:

    Janet Hatch is the author of the book “Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love”. She is the mother of four, who’s oldest daughter, Zandra, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11. The diagnosis of diabetes along with the turbulence of teenage emotions, created an environment that threatened to place distance between them. Throughout the following years and several challenges, love and hope prevailed.

    Janet is passionate about using her experience of raising her daughter to support parents and caregivers through the emotional twists and turns of what can be a difficult journey of having a child with a chronic illness. She believes that when we accept that there is a lesson in all things, our spirits are able to grow and expand in ways that weren’t possible before. Janet is a lover of animals and enjoys spending time in nature with family and dog, Axel

    Alexandra Soanes (Zandra) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11 and has lived with it for almost 10 years. She is in her fourth year of studying science at the University of Victoria and is pursuing a career in human health in hopes of one day becoming a diabetes educator. She has a diabetic alert dog named Cinnamon who detects her low blood sugar, gets juice and her testing kit, and can get help if needed. Cinnamon was instrumental in helping Zandra accept and publicly acknowledge her diagnosis of diabetes.

    Zandra has experienced other autoimmune-related diseases such as thyroid disease, hypoglycemia unawareness, vitiligo, neuropathy, and necrobiosis lipoidica. When faced with deteriorating health all before the age of 20, Zandra chose to use these experiences to broaden her perspective and use her personal experience to help others.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:



    * Connect with Janet on Instagram, Facebook, and on her website: https://janethatch.com

    * Pick up a copy of Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love, and dive into the roller coaster of a story from a mom’s perspective caring for a daughter with T1D.

    * We’re gearing up for the 100th Unicorn episode. Wow!



    * For more details CLICK HERE or shoot Penelope an email, penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Podcast 95: Shooting for the Stars | April Blackwell

    Podcast 95: Shooting for the Stars | April Blackwell

    I don’t know about you, but in kindergarten I wasn’t considering space exploration as a career path, but April stuck to her guns and achieved this goal even after a T1D diagnosis. Her calm demeanor, passion and journey to become an aerospace engineer is inspiring to say the least. She deserves to be the first person living with diabetes in space and absolutely shares my personal mantra to dream big – diabetes or not.



    BIO:

    April Blackwell is an Aerospace Engineer and life-long astronaut hopeful who flies the International Space Station from NASA Mission control. April has worked at NASA for 7 years but has been obsessed with space since kindergarten – when she made up her mind to become an astronaut. A diagnosis of T1D at age 11 seemed like an insurmountable road block since T1D is an automatic disqualification in the astronaut application. Instead of giving up she doubled down – learned Russian in high school, studied hard in math, and received a full-ride scholarship to attain an Aerospace Engineering degree.

    In her aerospace career April has flown more than 250 hours in experimental Army aircraft and passed qualifications in the Army Special Operations helicopter dunker program, altitude chamber and parachute course – all of which normally preclude T1D participants. Since the NASA flight controller certifications, she has acquired more than 2,600 console hours in Mission Control, responsible for maintaining the attitude of the International Space Station. April hasn’t given up on her ultimate dream of becoming an astronaut, but she has added an extra challenge – to be the first T1D in space!

    She is passionate about sharing her experiences to inspire fellow T1Ds to push boundaries in pursuit of their dreams.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:



    * Nerdy April blog

    * Nerdy April on Instagram

    * Nerdy April on Facebook

    * Spot the Station

    * We’re gearing up for the 100th Unicorn episode. Wow!



    * For more details CLICK HERE or shoot Penelope an email, penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.







    * The Just the Facts Please podcast series will soon launch featuring industry leaders and experts in the medical field. Please contact Penelope if you’re interested in learning more.

    * Leave an  iTunes review

    * Sign up for the Diabetes Daily Grind Newsletter

    * Stay Engaged: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, & Pinterest

    • 41 min
    Podcast 94: Who Forgets if They’ve Given an Insulin Shot? | Sean Saint & John Sjolund

    Podcast 94: Who Forgets if They’ve Given an Insulin Shot? | Sean Saint & John Sjolund

    With a little friendly stalking I had the pleasure of chatting with two incredibly inspirational industry leaders, and self proclaimed friendemies, Sean Saint and John Sjolund. Their drive to succeed and multiple success stories mirror my mission to help improve quality of life for all people living with diabetes. They are entertaining to say the least and had me laughing throughout the interview while giving me hope for the future of diabetes management. 

    BIO:

    Sean Saint, CEO of Companion Medical, is an entrepreneur, executive, and engineer with a proven track record of efficient, innovative product development with the belief that it is better to move than to stand still. John was an R&D Director for a leading diabetes medical device company when he was diagnosed with T1D in 2011 at the age of 31. Now he is committed to creating tools, software, and devices for people living with diabetes that improve outcomes, reduce disruption and increase freedom. To quote John, “It is always possible to move faster if we understand the challenges we seek to solve and ask the right questions, the optimal path forward is often clear. It is this philosophy that drives our team to create best-in-class solutions, quickly.”

    John Sjolund, originally from Sweden, leads and develops companies to make products that customers love by working with big visions, strategy, and operational excellence. Medical devices and digital health is his primary interest to make the lives of millions safer, healthier, and more balanced – using big data to help enable better decisions. John was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 4, but now he thrives in business and creates success through excellence.

    He started the company called Timesulin, sold it, and now is currently serving as SVP, Product Strategy at Biolinq – and racing dirt bikes in the desert of San Diego and Northern Baja Mexico along with Sean.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:



    * Companion Medical

    * Biolinq

    * BigFoot Biomedical

    * Connect with Sean on LinkedIn

    * Connect with John on Twitter and LinkedIn

    * We’re gearing up for the 100th Unicorn episode. Wow!



    * For more details CLICK HERE or shoot Penelope an email, penelope@diabetesdailygrind.com





    * Real Life Diabetes Virtual Happy Hour takes place every Thursday from 5–6:15pm CST. CLICK HERE or on the logo to register.







    * The Just the Facts Please podcast series will soon launch featuring industry leaders and experts in the medical field. Please contact Penelope if you’re interested in learning more.

    * Leave an  iTunes review

    * Sign up for the Diabetes Daily Grind Newsletter

    * Stay Engaged: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, & a href="https://www.pinterest.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

MCR31618 ,

Real Life Diabetes Indeed!

Thanks Amber for always keeping it Real and providing a safe space to talk about diabetes and all it entails on a minute by minute basis.
So refreshing to hear the always positive spin and humor “injected” in each episode. Nothing better than to hear the real diabetes stories from real people living with it day to day. It’s inspiring to see (and hear!) your commitment to helping is all live our best lives with diabetes. Cheers!

beta10972020 ,

pod90 - comments

Listening to pod 90, just wanted to say hi and make a few comments. I'm type 1 for 22 years now, came off a pump 18 months ago. I am SDI - tresiba once a day, and afrezza for bolus.. it is great, both the tresiba and afrezza - no stacking!! the freedom from devices, and IOB is really nice... look into it! Also, Mark is correct, atm, no option for driect to watch on Dexcom. But I am sure that isn't too far off.

nice pod, keep up the good work!

MStoroz ,

A Great Community Connection

Amber has done an outstanding job of creating community through the podcast. She interviews such a wide variety of folks who all have such different - but similar - relationships to diabetes. It's an insightful podcast for anyone, and definitely makes you feel like engaging more, which is always a good goal. Thank you for continuing to bring such outstanding content to us all!

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