Scott K. Johnson

How to Assess Diabetes Distress

In this episode of BDI Briefs, I talk with Dr. Bill Polonsky and Dr. Susan Guzman about assessing diabetes distress. They share some history and evolution of the recommended assessment tools for different segments of people with diabetes. We also discussed the Diabetes Distress Assessment & Resource Center, a free and confidential website built to help people with diabetes and clinicians learn more about diabetes distress and provide access to validated scales and measures to assess diabetes distress.

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Scott K. Johnson

Interview with Stefany Shaheen: Revolutionizing Diabetes Care Through Cell Therapies

I had the extraordinary opportunity to chat with Stefany Shaheen, the Chief Strategy Officer of Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and BioFab USA, about the transformative potential of cell therapies for individuals living with diabetes. Stefany shared her remarkable journey, insights on cell therapies’ current status, approval challenges, and how the diabetes community can contribute to advancing research in this field.

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Scott K. Johnson

How to Make the Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Less Difficult

This episode of BDI Briefs explores the emotional side of type 2 diabetes diagnosis with Dr. Polonsky and Dr. Guzman. It is a critical moment that can reverberate for years and set the tone for diabetes management. We emphasize the need for healthcare providers to address the strong negative emotions patients face, encourage hope, and provide resources like the “Don’t Freak Out Booklet” to hopefully create a better diagnosis experience for people with diabetes.

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Scott K. Johnson

A Talk with Andy Bell on Thriving with Diabetes

Andy Bell, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 14, shares his story of resilience, navigating life beyond diabetes to become a personal trainer, JDRF employee, law enforcement officer, black belt in jiu-jitsu, yoga instructor, father, and more. Recently diagnosed with another autoimmune disease, Addison’s, Andy continues to embody determination and hope. Join me to learn more about his fascinating story.

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Scott K. Johnson

Deconstructing Diabetes Stigma: A Panel Discussion

I am thrilled to share a thought-provoking panel discussion about diabetes stigma.

The panel discussion aimed to shed light on the misconceptions and challenges faced by people living with diabetes. Our goal was to create a safe space to come together and discuss ongoing efforts and strategies to combat the stigma associated with diabetes.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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