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Don’t Let Diabetes Stop You from Enjoying Your Favorite Foods!

November 16, 2019




Dr. Lisa Sumlin, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Founder and CEO of EPaD Inc. (Empowering People Against Diabetes), a health education and consulting firm that provides workshops, training, and resources for combating chronic illnesses such as diabetes and related complications joins eHealth Radio and the Diabetes and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Lisa Sumlin discuss the following:

  1. What inspired you to write the book, “The Struggle IS REAL? Diabetes Management For Woman Who Love Their Cultural Dishes, Enjoy Food-Focused Social Lives, And Appreciate A Good Piece Of Fried Chicken Every Now And Then"?
  2. Who is your audience? What’s the age-group? Who can actually benefit from your book or your message?
  3. Tell us a little bit about your background and how this passion to help women with diabetes came about?
  4. Why do you think the struggle is so real with people with diabetes (especially for women)?
  5. How is depression related to diabetes management?
  6. How many servings of fruit should people with diabetes consume daily?
  7. What are some of the stories that you hear about food struggles from women who are diabetic?
  8. In this book, you share some food tips. Can you share a few of them with our audience?
  9. What do you tell a woman who feels like she can’t enjoy her life after receiving a diagnosis that she’s now diabetic?

Dr. Lisa Sumlin, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, is the CEO and founder of EPaD, Inc. (Empowering People Against Diabetes) which is a health education and consulting firm. In addition, she is a Chronic Disease Coalition Ambassador - advocating for people living with lifelong health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, MS, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. She is also the Chief Health Officer of Community Coalition of Health (C2H).

When Dr. Lisa is not researching Diabetes and teaching future nurses as an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing (University of Texas at Austin), she volunteers as an ACNS-BC at Samaritan Health Ministries, where she treats the most complex diabetes cases.

Dr. Lisa is in the education business. She passionately educates people to live better, healthier lives. She explains and clarifies chronic diseases, their symptoms, treatments, and provides preventative measures in a manner that is actionable. As an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, diabetes researcher, author and professor, she cuts through fear and myths, while providing education, treatment, and guidance to enable women to live a life without fear of complications from chronic diseases.

She has also published in scientific journals such as The Diabetes Educator, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. Her latest project is her new book entitled “The Struggle IS REAL: Diabetes Management for Women Who Love Their Cultural Dishes, Enjoy Food-Focused Social Lives, & Appreciate A Good Piece of Fried Chicken Every Now and Then.” In her book, she teaches women that even with diabetes, they can enjoy life and eat their favorite cultural foods, too!

Dr. Lisa is originally from Detroit, Michigan (a Michigan State University Spartan), but is currently living in Austin, Texas, where she received her PhD and MSN in Nursing from the University of Texas.





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