SNEAK PREVIEW: Extreme Diabetes Makeover

If you enjoy “The Biggest Loser” or alternative fact shows in that vein, and you have diabetes, you’re gonna love this!!

Several years from the manufacturing, the TCOYD “Extreme Diabetes Makeover” program is underway today; episodeswill begin broadcasting in May on and its own TV channel, on YouTube, and at, the popular consumer health website run by Dr. Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame along with his colleague Dr. Michael Roizen.

Wonder what I am referring to? I think many of you know Dr. Steven Edelman and this team at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes educational seminar series, a schedule that has changed the lives of a PWD.   Tomorrow marks the middle of their new 20-week ultimate makeover application, in which they have hand-selected seven PWDs in need — five Form 2’s and two Type 1’s with an A1C of 9.0 or above — to operate with a “dream team” of specialists to help get their diabetes under control and thus their lives turned around.

The Diabetes Dream Team consists of:

• Dr. Steve Edelman, himself a Form 1, endocrinologist and also Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego

• The both famous Dr. William Polonsky, CDE and Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at UC San Diego

• a Registered Nurse Angela Norton and Certified Diabetes Educator with

Sharp HealthCare, in San Diego, CA

• Janice Baker, a Registered Dietitian, CDE and Medical Nutrition Therapist

• Larry Verity, a renowned Exercise Physiologist with San Diego State University

Did I mention that for the minute the entire program is San-Diego based? But it’s likely to make viewing, and will be expanded beyond California.

The team spent. Aside from a high A1C, they were looking for individuals facing some significant barrier to their diabetes care, like extreme variability or hypoglycemic unawareness. Candidates also needed to show passion and dedication to the program.

“Years ago, when we put on our own first TCOYD seminar, Steve and I knew we were on to something large. For the first time ever, we had that same feeling again if we kicked off this makeover program,” states Sandra Bourdette, Co-Founder & Executive Director of TCOYD.   “And that is just such a wonderful group. The backstories on such people are amazing!”

A guy who currently works in a San Diego landfill and carried the Olympic torch. He was a cheerleader at San Diego State University, but weighed in at just under 300 pounds when this program began.

1 girl lost her job of 28 years at the center of the program, after getting lost his job and another participant was already living when the program began. His mother was instrumental in communication with the makeover team. (Before the initial airing, you will just have to guess who’s who.)

Without further ado, meet with the sufferers:

Celeste – age 68

Chet – age 53

Daron – type 2 for 2 Decades, age 38

David – type 1 for 18 Decades, age 22

Liz – type 1 for 15 Decades, age 30

Renee – type 2 for 20 Decades, age 55

Tim – type 2 for five Decades, age 62

Expect all the drama and chuckles of Cake Boss and much more as the film crew follows these people by using their D-struggles and triumphs in their kitchens and pantries, exercising, shopping, and interacting with friends and family.

I have had a sneak peak myself of this program’s trailer, and discovered I was smiling despite myself, as each patient talked about what is hard and harder at functioning to control their illness and also “live a normal life.”

What really comes through is TCOYD’s mission, according to Sandra: “Our focus is not the filming, but the folks involved — making certain that this changes their lives.”

Seems like must-see PWD TV !

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