E-wareness: Diabetes






(June 2015)


Campaign Coordinator: Judy Glickman



We hear a lot about diabetes these days. Many of us know someone who has diabetes but most people know little about the disease or how to control it. I knew little about diabetes myself until a few years ago when I was diagnosed with the disease. During a normal check-up my doctor found that the glucose level in my body was above normal. There was too much sugar in my blood, but how could that be? I was not a big sweet eater, was thin and active and no one in my family had the disease.

Since that checkup, I have learned much about this complicated and technical condition which is diagnosed by the presence of excess levels of glucose in the blood. There are two main types of diabetes. Type I is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas which cause the body to absorb glucose. In Type 2 diabetes, the insulin producing cells are not attacked, but not all the glucose gets into the muscles and too much remains in the blood stream. In either case, the excess glucose in the blood causes damage to many organs. The body needs glucose, but too much in the wrong places does severe damage.

Diabetes is not a fatal condition, but it takes awareness, diligence and self control to manage it successfully. As is often said, diabetes doesn’t kill people but uncontrolled diabetes does and well managed diabetes is the leading cause of…….NOTHING. In the next few weeks we hope to provide basic information on this all too common disease and how to deal with it if you have it.


There are hundreds of websites that deal with diabetes. Listed below are only a few that a person could check out in dealing with this complicated condition.

For overall general information on diabetes see the main website:


For the latest in research in the search for a cure, the following hospitals have websites that focus on diabetes:



The Centers for Disease Control also contains good information at:


For living with the disease and learning to manage it, I really like:




Managing what you eat plays a large part in controlling blood sugars. Dr. Richard K. Bernstein promotes a very super low-carb diet. He is not in agreement with the American Diabetes Association and they do not support his views. He is a controversial figure in the diabetes community. He has written several books on how his diet really helps to manage the disease. If you want to check out his theories look up this website:




Diabetes is a big deal in the United States and around the world, but perhaps the most striking note is that it continues to become a bigger deal.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control, just in the United States the number of people with diabetes has increased, over the past thirty years, by a factor of nearly four.

Yehuda Handelsman, MD, FACP, FACE, FNLA, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the disease, its treatment, and hopefully its prevention.  In private practice along with his international participation in diabetes organizations and issues, Dr. Handelsman explains that he would be delighted to have fewer patients–by preventing diabetes more than we do currently.

Dr. Handelsman, Campaign Coordinator Judy’s doctor, took time of his schedule in Tarzana, California, to educate us about diabetes, its different forms, its causes, what those who have it can to to manage it, and what all of us can do to help reduce its prevalence.


If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

Dr. Yehuda Handelsman is the Medical Director and Principal Investigator of the Metabolic Institute of America, and an endocrinologist in solo private practice in Tarzana, California. He developed and successfully utilizes a comprehensive, multiple-intervention approach to preventing and managing obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He has been listed repeatedly in “Top Doctors of Los Angeles,” “Southern California Super Doctors” and “Best Doctors of America.” Handelsman is the president of the American College of Endocrinology; past President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Chair of the AACE Diabetes and Lipid Scientific Committees, a member of the Obesity Scientific Committee and pillar Co-chair of AACE 2014 Consensus on Obesity; Secretary of the Pacific Lipid Association; Chair & Program Director of the Annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease. Chair & Founder of the International Committee for Insulin Resistance and the International Lipid Forum.

A nationally and internationally-recognized expert, Handelsman has researched, lectured, and published extensively on diabetes and its comprehensive treatment, obesity, HTN, lipids, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, the prevention of kidney & cardiovascular disease, incretins, gut hormones, the gut-brain connection, multi-hormonal obesity, and diabetes & cancer. He has also consulted and lectured on lipodystrophy, thyroid and osteoporosis. An associate editor of the Journal of Diabetes, Dr. Handelsman frequently serves as guest editor and reviewer for multiple publications, such as the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Endocrine Practice, and Diabetes Care. He is the chair of the AACE 2011 Comprehensive Diabetes Guidelines, chair of the 2015 DM Guideline update committee, a member of the AACE 2013 & 2015 Comprehensive Diabetes Algorithm and the 2012 AACE lipid guidelines. He has been chair, member, co-author, and reviewer of many of AACE/ACE guidelines, algorithms, consensuses and position statements on diabetes, obesity, and lipids.



Diabetes is not a terminal condition, but it is chronic. If you are experiencing the symptoms, see a doctor and have your blood glucose level checked. A diagnosis of pre-diabetes where sugar level is between 100 and 126 should be a warning that some lifestyle changes must be made. It is not to be taken lightly. An attitude of “My sugar is a little high, so what? I feel fine. I’ll eat what I want, when and how much I want. I don’t feel like exercising” is absolutely the wrong attitude to take. Educate yourself to see what you can do to prevent the disease from progressing into its full-blown stage.

If you are diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 it is critical that you take all necessary steps to get your sugar numbers into a normal range. You may want to find an endocrinologist, a doctor whose speciality is diabetes, to help you learn about managing the disease. Do whatever it takes. It is said that uncontrolled diabetes is like a wild tiger running loose throughout a person’s body causing havoc to the organs, but a caged tiger can’t do much harm.

This is not an easy condition to manage. Until a cure can be found, it takes knowledge, self-discipline and commitment to control but in doing so a person can live a long complication-free life.


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4 responses to E-wareness: Diabetes

  1. Yoko said on June 4, 2015

    Looking forward to learning about the condition that affects so many of us.

  2. Diabetes is an enormous problem not only in the US but worldwide. This month’s program will help shed light on a serious worldwide epidemic.

  3. A timely and relevant topic. Thanks Judy!

  4. Thank you for the thoughtful article and links, Judy.

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