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Nov 30, 2015

Mary Beth Withers Wyss has been living with Diabetic Macular Edema for some time.  She went through a two year clinical trial of an experimental drug designed to treat DME.  She talks about her experience, about why clinical trials are perfect for a patient like her, and even why she is still a Cleveland Browns fan (to put the timeline into perspective, this was recorded before the Cincinnati Bengals had lost a game this season, and now they have lost two).

Mary Beth frankly talks about the difficulties of living with DME, and living with the fact that the best treatment available to her involves injections directly into her eyes.

Want to know about Diabetic Macular Edema from someone who's been there?  Want to know about clinical trials designed to find a viable treatment for DME?  Then you'll want to listen to this podcast.

©Stephen Shaul


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Learn more about diabetic macular edema (and other diabetes-related eye diseases), and find out more about the center where Mary Beth was treated during her clinical trial:

National Eye Institute - Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Ohio State University department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Nov 20, 2015

I'm so grateful to my endocrinologist, Dr. Vivian Pao, for taking the time to speak with me on the complex relationship between a diabetes patient and their endocrinologist.

This is the third and final part of our conversation, and in this episode, we talk about the importance of being honest with your endo, and what keeps her up at night.

©Stephen Shaul


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Learn more about endocrinologists, read research and updates, and even search for an endocrinologist by clicking on one of the links below:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Endocrine Society

Pediatric Endocrine Society

Nov 13, 2015

Some people only get to spend about 40 minutes each year with their endo... I got to spend close to an hour with her last week.  The conversation was so good that I've broken it up into four parts.

In this episode, we talked about how an endocrinologist considers outside factors, including depression, in treating a Person With Diabetes.  Also, she talks about how she stays up on the latest and greatest in her profession, including a reference to Dr. Oz and some "raspberry, ketone thingamajiggy".

This is part two of our conversation.  We get into a lot more in part three.  I hope you'll join us for that.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this installment.

©Stephen Shaul

Reference Material - Click below for more information on this topic

Learn more about endocrinologists, read research and updates, and even search for an endocrinologist by clicking on one of the links below:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Endocrine Society

Pediatric Endocrine Society

Nov 6, 2015

“Who is this Dr. Vivian Pao anyway?”, you might ask.

She’s my endocrinologist.

Some people only get to spend about 40 minutes each year with their endo... I got to spend close to an hour last week.

Together, we talked about what exactly an endocrinologist specializes in (in addition to diabetes).  We also covered what she’s looking for from a diabetes patient at the quarterly appointment (and more importantly, why); and why she made me wait before allowing me to begin on my insulin pump.  Hopefully, you’ll begin to understand why I believe in her so much.  She is a huge, important part of my diabetes care team, and I value her input very much.

The best part is, this is just the first part of our conversation.  We get into a lot more later on.  But you’ll have to wait for that.  Sorry.  Our talk was too good to just cut out questions for the sake of brevity.

Part 2 is coming in the next installment.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this view from both sides of the desk.

Reference Material - Click below for more information on this topic
Learn more about endocrinologists, read research and updates, and even search for an endocrinologist by clicking on one of the links below:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Endocrine Society

Pediatric Endocrine Society


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