Diabetes By The Numbers: Bea Sparks continues the conversation.

“Like anyone else, I want to bee seen, first and foremost, as a human being… as a person.”

So… I touched on the subject of how we react to issues that People With Diabetes face in advertising and media in my last post.

Bea Sparks lives with Type 2 Diabetes. I live with Type 1 Diabetes.

In the next episode of Diabetes By The Numbers (now available on iTunes!), Bea brings her unique and important voice to the conversation. It’s so good and so meaningful, in fact, that I broke my original ten minute rule and just included the entire sixteen minute talk.

Together, we riff on the subject of how we, all of us living with diabetes, can work to include rather than exclude when we respond to stigma and shame that others try to lay on us. Trust me, you will feel the power of Bea’s convictions coming right through your listening device.

The quote from Bea at the top of this post is just one of the many golden nuggets included. Feel free to add your nuggets below.


Reference Material – Click below for more information on this topic

Bea Sparks writes at the blog Cranky Pancreas:

She also writes at the blog she and other Type 2s share called The Type 2 Experience:

The Ted Talk that Bea mentions in our discussion is right here:


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  • Ryan from DiabetesDailyGrind  On July 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Healing the division is critical. Love that you guys have broached the topic. Much needed. Good stuff!

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  • Kate Cornell  On July 24, 2015 at 11:45 am

    You are both awesome! I love Dr. Attia’s TedTalk. It makes me emotional every time I watch it. We can say “Excess sugar does not cause ANY type of diabetes.” We can say that “35% of American adults are overweight or obese but there are “only” 8% of Americans who have diabetes of any type. If excess weight causes type 2, then why don’t all those overweight people have diabetes?” Again, you guys rock! Bea, thank you for being such a great advocate. Stephen, thank you for helping to squash the myths.

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  • Laddie  On July 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    So glad that you are now on iTunes. I’m not very good at listening to podcasts when I have to go to the website. But when they show up automatically on my phone, I always listen while walking the dog. Your first episode was great with your incredibly professional-sounding voice. I look forward to listening to your interview with Bea–probably tomorrow morning.

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