The Beating Diabetes Podcast: How Diabetes Affects Families


Welcome to the newly released Beating Diabetes Podcast with Dr. Michele.

This year the podcast will be focusing on all things diabetes. As your host, I’ll be recording solo episodes which will answer some of the most common questions I’m asked as a physician such as “what CAN I eat as a diabetic?”, “how can I lose the extra weight that I’ve put on recently?”, “is it really possible to reverse type 2 diabetes?”, “What can I do to prevent my children from getting diabetes since it runs in the family?” and more. I will also be coaching patients and clients live on-air, and conducting interviews with other diabetic experts.

Today Dr. Michele is sharing an intimate interview with a daughter of two diabetic parents with you. Meet Cynthia and find out how she has coped with diabetes in her family for years, even for generations.

I hope you enjoy the show!

About Dr. Michele:

As a physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author, podcaster and overall health & wellness expert, Dr. Michele Summers Colon’s passion is helping women and men with diabetes heal their body. She has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications including USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Yahoo! Makers, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to help women create balanced, healthy lives by looking at the whole picture. She combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to create individualized health & wellness plans for her patients and clients. For over 22 years, Dr. Michele has dedicated herself to maintaining a private medical practice and providing exceptional care to her patients while at the same time studying holisitic and integrative medicine. Dr. Michele believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from UC Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry from Barry University, and graduated from a Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Michele is also certified in Health Coaching, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy. Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurvedic Medicine extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine. Combining yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation is one of Dr. Michele’s passions so that she can spread the word to as many clients and patients as possible that this is the path to perfect health.


Show Notes:

Listen in as Cynthia shares her story of how she learned about diabetes through her parents. After both of her parents were diagnosed with Type II diabetes, she had to learn about the disease quickly.

“The scariest part was all of the surgeries that my dad had to go through.”Cynthia’s dad lost parts of his foot and his toes due to diabetic infections and ulcerations. Both of Cynthia’s parents have diabetes, but her mom’s diabetes is controlled by diet. Her dad has a much more severe case.

The diagnosis impacted Cynthia’s younger brother more than any of the other children in the family. He has turned to the gym to be as healthy as possible. He also tries to throw out unhealthy foods from his parents’ house to try to control what they eat as much as possible.

There was one day when both of Cynthia’s parents were scheduled for surgery at the same time due to their diabetes.

Cynthia struggled with the food and lifestyle choices that her parents made at first, so she learned as much as she could about diabetes. She had to understand what diabetic ulcers and diabetic neuropathy were so that she could help her parents.

Currently, her mom is doing much better. Her mom is off of her medications and controlling her diabetes with her diet. Her dad is insulin-dependent and has kidney damage due to the diabetes, but he is doing much better in terms of his neuropathy and foot problems.

The biggest lessons that Cynthia has learned are that diabetes can be controlled by diet and that you have to be aware of the warning signs of diabetes.  Cynthia has diabetes in her family tree, including both parents and both sets of grandparents.

Cynthia’s final message to the listeners “Be aware and educate yourself. Don’t wait to ask questions because it could be too late.” There is a lot of fear around diabetes, so many people don’t ask the questions because they are afraid of the answers.

If you have questions about diabetes, would like to share your story about how you beat diabetes, or would like some on-air health coaching from Dr. Michele, reach out by phone or email and ask us. We are happy to help!

Today’s show was brought to you by coaching program “Beating Diabetes: the 10 week roadmap”. For more information, head on over to my website and click on the work with me tab. All of the information is there about my group programs as well as 1:1 coaching.

If you have questions about diabetes that you would like me to answer on air, you can email them to me. Just go to my website to email your questions.

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Contact Information and Important Links for Dr. Michele:

Dr. Michele can be found online or by email. Dr. Michele is currently accepting new 1:1 coaching clients as well as group coaching clients. Sign up here for your free health assessment.

If you have questions about the Beating Diabetes Coaching Program or about how you can make lifestyles changes to improve your health, sign up for a free call with Dr. Michele here:


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