Episode 3 – Talking Type 1 with Daniel Newman

After a bit of a health-induced summer hiatus, I’m back and ready to talk more type 1 diabetes! And what a perfect way to do so by interviewing podcaster and diabetes advocate Daniel Newman of the award-winning Talking Type 1 podcast!

I learned a bit about Daniel’s story after seeing him on a Beyond Type 1 Zoom summit panel in which he was discussing his struggles with diabetic complications.

Just as I hope to do with this podcast, Daniel decided to use his experience with diabetes burnout and its resulting fallout and turn it into a positive by having real, open, and honest conversations with other type 1s and their family members and then sharing those discussions with the greater community.

The Talking Type 1 podcast makes it clear that there are no perfect diabetics out there, you’re not a “good” or “bad” diabetic depending upon your blood sugar level or A1c, you’re not being graded or judged based upon the number of diabetic complications you do or don’t have, and most importantly, you’re not alone in your struggles, fears, insecurities, anger, annoyance, or any other emotion you may feel while living as a type 1 diabetic. We, as a community, are all in this together!

I was honored to talk type 1 with Daniel, and honored to have him on as a guest. I do hope you’ll enjoy the episode, subscribe, rate, and review the podcast on whichever platform you’re listening to it, and look for The Talking Type 1 Podcast on those same platforms!

Episode 3 of The Phunky Diabetic Podcast – Talking Type 1 with Daniel Newman

(As of now, you can listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, or YouTube)

And to follow Daniel Newman, you can find him on Instagram at @t1d_dan, follow the podcast’s account at @talkingtype1podcast, and follow Daniel on Twitter at @t1d_dan.

Please enjoy the episode, and as a final note, the book I reference in our discussion is by Professor (now Dean) Dayna Bowen Matthew. It’s entitled Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care, and it’s a must read!

Thanks again for listening to The Phunky Diabetic Podcast! Stay tuned for future episodes, and in the meantime, be well!

– Kate

Episode 2 – ¡Viva La Revolución!

I am honored and excited to present to you Episode 2 of The Phunky Diabetic Podcast, which I’ve entitled: “¡Viva La Revolución!”

In today’s episode, I spoke with Dr. Victor Montori, renowned diabetic specialist, one of the top researchers in clinical medicine and social science, co-creator of the concept of “minimally-disruptive medicine,” co-founder of the Patient Revolution, recipient of numerous professional awards and author of more than 650 peer-reviewed publications and the fantastic book, Why We Revolt.

Dr. Montori was incredibly gracious, not only in agreeing to speak with me and giving me an hour of his time to speak on Zoom, but in RE-recording his portion of the interview after I had a complete technology FAIL happen on my end!

I’m sorry you won’t be able to watch our Zoom conversation, but you can listen to our re-produced discussion covering a variety of topics, from the greed and uncaring current healthcare system and how it reminds me in many ways of the failing criminal justice system, to how Dr. Montori is trying to convince his fellow medical professionals to judge less and care more, to how Dr. Montori and his colleagues in the KER Unit at the Mayo Clinic work with patients to figure out the best, most “minimally-disruptive” treatment for each individual patient, to the International Potato Center in Peru!

Whether you’re in perfect health or a professional patient like me, I urge you to listen to the episode, read Why We Revolt, and join the Patient Revolution.

You shouldn’t receive different quality healthcare depending on how much money you make or what racial or ethnic group you’re in, just like you shouldn’t be subjected to different versions of the criminal justice system for those same reasons.

Even those of us with decent insurance are fed up with ten-minute doctor’s visits, with at least half the time spent sitting there while your doctor types away their electronic visit summary.

Not only are we, as patients, receiving insufficient medical care and either prescribed unnecessary meds and tests or denied much needed treatment and testing, but healthcare professionals are also burnt out, overworked, understaffed, underfunded, and experiencing empathy fatigue.

We’ve all watched as physically and emotionally exhausted doctors, nurses, EMTs, and hospital support staff put their lives at risk in order to test and treat those of us with COVID-19.

We owe it to ourselves and each other to demand more careful and kind healthcare for all and better working conditions for those working in the medical community.

Dr. Montori’s ideas for a revolutionized healthcare system that caps profits, provides free essential medicine to all patients, and puts the focus back on the patient are so refreshing, completely feasible, and well-defended against the inevitable criticisms.

Take a listen to today’s episode and then join la revolución!

Feel free to contact the podcast if you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, or have any thoughts on what you’d like to hear discussed in future episodes.

Very soon, I’ll make the podcast available on other listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more.

‘Til the next episode, stay safe, stay healthy, stay well.

All my best,


More on my COVID-19 experience

Hey there, everyone!

While I’m busy creating more content for the podcast, I figured you might want to check out these three short video clips I recorded for Bowhead Health regarding my experience contracting and recovering from COVID-19.

As I mentioned in the podcast’s inaugural episode, if any of you have any questions for me about my specific experience with the Corona virus, especially as a type 1 diabetic, please feel free to comment to the post or send me an email through the website’s contact page.

I hope that each of you has been managing well during this unprecedented time. We’ll get through this together!

All my best,


Episode 1 – T1D and COVID-19

The Phunky Diabetic Podcast Episode 1 – “T1D and COVID-19”

In Episode One of “The Phunky Diabetic Podcast,” I explain why I decided to create the podcast, why I spell funky with a “ph-,” and what I envision for future episodes. I also share my experience with contracting COVID-19, and explain why the virus can be a lot more dangerous to a diabetic’s health.

For up-to-date information from the American Diabetes Association as to how COVID-19 is affecting diabetics, a diabetic’s legal rights during the pandemic, what to look out for in terms of warning signs and possible symptoms, and more, click here.

While I’m in no way dispensing medical or legal advice in this or any future episode of the podcast, I am hoping that by sharing my COVID-19 experience with you, I can provide some degree of reassurance that contracting the Corona virus isn’t an automatic death sentence, even if you’re in a high-risk population. It’s no walk in the park, and for some, it has caused significant harm and/or death, but it looks like the majority of people who’ll get it will survive it.

Here’s how I looked on the day I went to the ER to be tested, and then almost three weeks later (on my first and only excursion out of the house to pick up some groceries and prescriptions).

I can’t say this will work for everyone, but for me, the most important things I did were regularly checking my temperature, blood sugar, and ketone levels, staying hydrated as best I could, taking the meds the ER prescribed me to keep the fever down, and getting plenty of rest. I also did warm salt water rinses for my throat.

The entire world is in this together. We may not have all the answers or all the solutions yet, but there are so many selfless people out there, working hard to treat those suffering from the virus, helping to test people for the virus, and working to find a way to eventually end this pandemic. I’m so grateful to each one of the medical professionals, law enforcement officers, those in the distribution chain for food and goods, postal workers, and everyone else making this time a bit more tolerable for us all.

I’m hoping to interview some inspiring and fascinating diabetics in the coming months, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for them!

In the meantime, while you’re participating in social distancing and self-quarantining, please do your best to stay healthy, not just with diet and exercise but also by taking care of your mental and emotional health.

Feel free to contact the podcast if you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, or have any thoughts on what you’d like to hear discussed in future episodes.

Soon, I’ll make the podcast available on other listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Google Play (which I misidentify as “Apple Play” in the outro for this episode).

‘Til the next episode, stay safe, stay healthy, stay well.

All my best,