Max Szadek has wanted to talk about sleep health and diabetes for years now.
He participated in a one-time project incorporating sleep and diabetic health which spawned a huge amount of interest, but he was never able to find the right people to bring the discussion to his podcast listeners.
However, on March 7, that all changed for the DivaTalkRadio host and show creator (aka “Mr. Divabetic”): he livestreamed his first Nighttime Diabetes Management show. On board for the discussion? American Sleep Apnea Association blogger and web consultant, Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH.
(You can listen to the podcast here, or find instructions on the website for ways to download it to your favorite electronic device.)
The show features several other guests, including Stacey Harris aka “The Diabetic Pastry Chef”; Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD, LDN, MBA, CDE, CEC, who discusses changing healthcare coverage for diabetics; poet Lorraine Brooks; and podcast regular, Mama Rose Marie.
Szadek and Sellman chatted about diabetes and its relationship to sleep apnea, what it’s like to use CPAP therapy, diabetes in the sleep lab, and how to know if you have sleep apnea. Later, Sellman joined the other guests in a trivia game—Fun Fact: Did you know that it is possible to sleep with your eyes open?—which resulted in free giveaways for one of the show’s listeners.
Szadek’s show always has a musical theme, and this podcast’s particular inspiration comes from Gladys Knight & The Pips (greatest hits courtesy SONY Music).
Szadek was extremely excited to be talking about sleep health and hopes to have Sellman and the ASAA return in the near future for more discussions about sleep problems and solutions for those with diabetes.
DivaTalkRadio is a service of Divabetic, a national health and wellness nonprofit forum for education, empowerment and encouragement for those living with, at risk of and affected by diabetes.
Founded by Szadek in 2005, DivaTalkRadio was inspired by Luther Vandross, with whom Szadek worked for 14 years as the singer’s professional assistant.
Szadek watched as Vandross eventually succumbed to diabetes. After his death, Szadek launched the podcast in the musical artist’s honor to raise awareness about the chronic illness.