Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage. Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, there are people out there who provide information and empathy for you. And some of these diabetes-themed podcasts are just plain entertaining. Check out these top 20 podcasts for people with diabetes.
Juicebox is run by Scott Benner, whose daughter Arden has type 1 diabetes. He started out with a blog but then transitioned into podcasting because he feels that he is a good conversationalist. He says “If I’m a decent writer, it’s because of how conversational I am, so podcasting really works for me.”
Type 1 Diabetes Parenting
Scott started recording in February of 2015, and has uploaded a podcast about once a week since then. He has interviewed many parents whose children have diabetes, as well as parents who have diabetes themselves. He says “I find there are topics that come up naturally in conversation with my guests on Juicebox that I might have avoided writing about on my blog.”
Real Life Diabetes
Amber Clour and Ryan Fightmaster both have type 1 diabetes. They started podcasting in early 2015. Amber was diagnosed with diabetes in 1984 and Ryan was diagnosed when he was nine years old. They talk to each other on their podcast and give a raw look into what life is like with diabetes.
Inside Look At Diabetes
Amber and Ryan talk about everything related to their lives and diabetes, so this podcast may not be suited for a younger audience. They are fun team to listen to, and they have a great story. Amber is an environmental design engineer and Ryan is a medical student. So overall, they are pretty interesting people.
Christopher Snider hosts the Just Talking podcast. He started in October of 2009, so he has been at it for a long time. Christopher does not always talk about diabetes, but discusses a wide range of topics. He says that “Everyone has an interesting story to tell. It’s just a matter of giving them the opportunity.”
Christopher has interviewed many different people from the diabetes community, and even some who are not in the community. One of his favorite interviews was Scott Hanson from the NFL RedZone. If you are looking for a well-rounded diabetes podcast, this is a good one to listen to.
Max Szadek founded Divabetic, which he says is “on a mission to glamorize good health.” His podcasts are aimed more towards women, with topics such as “Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance” and “Getting to Know Your Body.” He also uses inspiration from stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Billie Holiday.
Making Diabetes Glamorous
So far Max has 131 episodes. His goal is to encourage hope, boost spirits, and change attitudes of those living with diabetes. He covers very interesting topics on a wide range of issues that people with diabetes face every day. This podcast is definitely well worth the listen.
Everybody Talks premiered July of 2015 and is hosted by Mike Lawson and Corinna Cornejo. Mike talks about type 1 diabetes and Corinna talks about type 2 diabetes. They put out monthly podcasts that are about an hour long. The topics include things people go through living with diabetes as well as interviews with experts.
Type 1 And Type 2
Mike says “We do many amazing interviews that don’t get nearly as much exposure as we’d like. So this gives the work that Emily does new legs. We get really great names in industry and research to come and explain what they are up to. We have great advocates.”
Diabetes by the Numbers
Stephen Shaul turned his blog, “Happy Medium,” into a podcast called “Diabetes by the Numbers.” He puts out about one podcast a month and interviews different people when it comes to topics about diabetes. On his first podcast, he interviewed a blogger whose child has diabetes.
Variety Of Guests
Since Shaul started his podcast, he has interviewed people such as a nutritionist, the Director of Joslin Diabetes Center’s Geriatric Diabetes Program, and those who have undergone clinical drug trials. He has lots of interesting guests on his podcasts, so you should check it out.
Stacey Simms started a podcast called Diabetes Connection. She has been podcasting for over a year about diabetes and everything that comes along with it. Some of her interviewees have included Sierra Sandison, a beauty queen, and Laura Billetdeaux, the co-founder of the Friends for Life Conference.
An Isolating Condition
Stacy is a television and radio broadcaster out of Charlotte, North Carolina. She mainly focuses on type 1 diabetes, but also talks about friends and family and how their lives are affected. Her son has diabetes and she says “Diabetes can be a very isolating condition and these connections empower us in a way that is a vital complement to medical care.”
Steve Richert runs a podcast and blog called Living Vertical. He is a climber who has type 1 diabetes. He releases a new podcast each month and talks about different topics related to diabetes, as well as some of the challenges that come with living his unique lifestyle.
Go Beyond Diabetes
Steve started Go Beyond Diabetes, where he encourages people to share their adventures through photos. He asks people to share what they were able to do over the weekend despite their diabetes. There are pictures of people kayaking, playing lacrosse, pregnant women — all sorts of people leading healthy and active lives. It is definitely inspiring.
Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) runs a blog talk radio show every Thursday night. They also have a Twitter chat on Wednesday nights. DSMA interviews guests like Scott Johnson, Cherise Shockley, and George Simmons. They have been going strong since November 2010.
Since 2010, they have added a Spanish edition called En Vivo as well as a parents edition, called ‘Rents Edition. Lorraine Sisto and Bennet Dunlap run this show and Mila Ferrer and Melissa Cipriani run the Spanish version. They talk about all the types of diabetes and everything related to the condition.
Diabetes Power Show
The Diabetes Power Show is run by Charlie Cherry and Team. It has been on the air for over ten years. Everyone on the team has diabetes, diabetes care experience, and are advocates. The show is still going strong and is expanding after ten years.
The Children of Diabetes
The Diabetes Power Show took a short break to film The Children of Diabetes movie. It is supposed to debut in November of 2016, so that is very exciting news for the program. The film will feature children with diabetes and how they live. It is a documentary film by the team behind the show.
The Diabetic Feed basically introduced the world into diabetic podcasting. Christel Marchand Aprigliano started this podcast and interviews guests who come on the show. The Diabetic Feed ended its broadcasts in June of 2010, but the old podcasts are still available online, and are definitely worth a listen.
The Perfect D
When The Diabetic Feed ended, Christel started blogging at The Perfect D. She talks about everything related to diabetes, included conferences, pregnancy, and other issues that surround the disease. She has a lot of good information on her blog as well as her podcast. She is very entertaining to read and listen to.
Clinical Diabetes Management
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has created a podcast called Clinical Diabetes Management, which features people living with diabetes. These stores share how people are leaning and managing their diabetes. They have one episode in Spanish. One of their podcasts is called “Tips and Strategies for Managing Diabetes and Talking with your Family.”
National Diabetes Education Program
In episode one of the podcasts, the speaker encourages listeners to test their blood sugar frequently so they get a feel for how different foods affect them. He says “The first thing I would tell someone newly diagnosed with diabetes is to learn the rules of the game.” The transcripts are also available for download.
Diabetes Core Update
The Diabetes Core Update podcast is run by the American Diabetes Association. It talks about the latest in diabetic research. They get their information from scholarly journals such as Diabetes Spectrum, Clinical Diabetes, and Diabetes Care. The broadcasts are just 15 minutes long, so they are perfect for learning quick bits of information.
Diabetes Core Update
The podcasts are updated monthly and are aimed toward healthcare professionals. But if you are interested in diabetes research, this is definitely a podcast to check out. They pack lots of information into short segments so you don’t have to listen for long periods of time.
Medscape is a podcast run by WebMD. They provide the latest medical news and information pertaining to diabetes and endocrinology. They talk about everything from managing blood pressure, nutrition, and dialysis. There are a variety of topics that many people will find interesting.
Medscape also provides stories, details about cases healthcare professionals have helped with, and new treatment guidelines set out by the ADA. This is more of a general overview of diabetes and the things people face as they live with the disease. It also gives helpful tips on managing diabetes in a healthy manner.
Diabetespeaks is a collection of personal stories from those who have type 1 diabetes. It is an awareness program run by MyGlu. The website itself is designed to offer support for those with type 1 diabetes. They offer education as well, with articles and news about the latest diabetes-related developments.
Making Connections Through Podcasts
In one of their podcasts, they talk to the partner of someone who has diabetes. Jennifer’s partner Jeff has type 1 diabetes. In the podcast, she talks about how they changed their eating habits and have a different outlook on their overall health. If you are looking to connect with others through their stories, this is the perfect podcast.
Diabetes Out Loud
Diabetes Out Loud is run by the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF). They have honest conversations about what it is like living with diabetes as well as what it’s like to care for those who have diabetes. Their goal is to empower people who are affected by diabetes.
Diabetes Out Loud talks about new technology to help manage your diabetes, interview others, and the comfort of meeting someone who understands what you are going through. This is a well-rounded and honest podcast that many people will find interesting. This one is well worth the listen.
Diabetes Discovery is run by Diabetes Forecast, which is a magazine of the American Diabetes Association. The show shares what is happening with diabetic research and what it can mean for those with diabetes. It is perfect for those interested in research but don’t want to listen to science-heavy podcasts.
Skolnik And Rawlings
The two people who run the podcast are Neil S. Skolnik, MD and Kelly Rawlings, PWD. The former is a professor at Temple University School of Medicine and the latter is the editorial director at Diabetes Forecast magazine. Together, they bring their listeners interesting topics that almost anyone with diabetes can relate to.
The Blogging Diabetes podcast is run by Tony Rose. He launched the podcast in 2011 after blogging about diabetes. His blog is about his personal experience and what it is like for him to live with type 1 diabetes. He then expanded his blog into a podcast.
An Interesting Podcast
In his podcasts, he interviews different people who have been affected by diabetes or who have podcasts about diabetes. In one he interviews Bill Woods, who is the community manager for MyGlu. He also interviews doctors and talks about nutrition as it pertains to managing diabetes.
The Paleo Solution
The Paleo Solution is run by Robb Wolf. He also has a book and blog about using the Paleo diet to manage and control diabetes. He was formerly a biochemist and now consults with people about nutrition and exercise to help them transform their lives.
He Wears Many Hats
Besides his podcast, Robb has a list of other achievements that make him an expert in the area of nutrition and exercise. He was the review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, co-founded The Performance Menu, and is co-owner of one of the top 30 gyms in America. He serves on many boards when it comes to health and the Paleo diet.
Diabetes Unscripted is run by Katie Coleman and Kory Seder. Katie has type 1 diabetes and she loves nutrition. She is the owner of Keep It Real Food Company, which creates low glycemic and grain free foods that have only natural ingredients. Kory is a nutritional counselor and has a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Katie and Kory are “non-compliant” type 1 diabetics that talk about everything related to diabetes, even sex. They share their daily struggles, successes, research, and their diets. They are fun to listen to and have interesting topics.