DIABETES WARRIOR AND PODCAST MENTOR DAVID GINSBURG

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David Ginsberg and I met at MacStock 2019, an Apple conference held each year in the Chicagoland area. MacStock is one of only a handful of Apple user conferences still running today. I attended because starting a podcast was a part of my diabetes advocacy vision. David was presenting that year, and it was then I learned he was not only a podcaster, but also the President of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users, an Apple focused technology club.

Both of us became fast friends and almost 2 years later, we have much more in common than simply podcasting and a mutual love of Apple products. We also both live with type 2 diabetes.

We have taught each other a lot about the condition during our friendship. My background and experience as a chef has helped David in some areas of his diabetes management, and his experience has taught me a lot of what many people feel, coping with this disease.

David’s Story

David is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. He’s really good at what he does, incredibly dedicated and very knowledgeable.

Self taught and passionate in virtually everything he knows about tech, its easy to understand how he juggles a full time job, running an Apple users club and is a rising star in the podcasting community. He simply loves all things tech.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

David was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes over 10 years ago. In the short time that I’ve known him, he’s been open and honest about living with the disease. Like so many, he struggles with food, exercise and medication while balancing the demands of his work and personal life.

Compounding these challenges is that David doesn’t cook. Admittedly he doesn’t enjoy it, he never learned how to cook, and the ease of eating out is simpler and far more enjoyable and less time consuming.

Whether it was how you were raised or simply the ease of access, the convenience of ready made food availability plays a huge part in our lack of need to cook at home.

Whether it was how you were raised or simply the ease of access, the convenience of ready made food availability plays a huge part in our lack of need to cook at home. Inexpensive, quick and familiar, ready to eat foods are readily available to more people than ever before. Even during a pandemic with lockdowns and fears of gathering in places like grocery stores and restaurants, services like UberEats, Grubhub and Instacart have replaced our need to go out for social gatherings or shopping, both of which, help us be more active.

COVID-19, six of this half dozen of the other.

During our podcast Dave and I talked about how the pandemic has affected him and his health. On the positive side, he hasn’t been to many in person gatherings so some of the social pressure of eating out has diminished. The downside however, is that he isn’t moving as much because he hasn’t needed to go into the office and most of his outdoor personal past times are not active either.

Studies conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic found that 80% of American jobs are sedentary. Additionally it’s estimated that the average American office worker sits 15 hours per day in these sedentary jobs.

While 70% of those same Americans admit they hate sitting all day, they do so because their jobs require it. In my own particular case it’s easy for an hour or two to go by while working at my computer without realizing I haven’t moved out of the chair.

The good news is that alternatives like standing desks are becoming increasingly popular as is our awareness of the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle has on our health.

Look to the military and our schools

Years ago I learned that many in the military have a very interesting work schedule. Many of our troops work 55 minutes at a time on a task, taking a break 5 minutes every hour. These 5 minutes are used to walk around, move and change focus.

Our school systems use a similar schedule. Attention and focus are easier in smaller chunks and purposely breaking up class times create movement, change in scenery and a change in focus that supports better health as well.

Tech coming to rescue

Technology continues to play a larger role in everything that we do. The transparency and depth of data available today is astounding and this includes our personal health data. When asked what technology is helping support his health, David not surprisingly, mentioned Apple Watch and the One Touch meter.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch has come and incredibly long way, particularly in the area of health support. Whether it’s reminding you to get up and move around every hour (there’s that schedule again), its ability to check your heart rate and EKG feature or its ever expanding fitness services health integration, makes the Apple Watch simply magical.

The latest version of the Apple watch now also monitors blood oxygen levels as well. This is huge for COVID-19 and a variety of other conditions. From a diabetes perspective, Apple is also rumored to be working on a non-invasive blood glucose monitoring feature as well. If true, this will be a game changer for the entire diabetic community.

One touch meter

One touch meters are a line of blood level monitors from LifeScan. Like so many companies in the technology health space, their products are integrating more and more with our smart phones and smart watches. The ability to now manage and share real time health data with our health professionals is incredibly exciting. This allows doctors and medical professionals to better customize care and recommendations because the data they see is so specific. Incredible!

Thank you David.

What I appreciate about David is not simply his candor and honesty about his health, but that he is not alone in his experience. He represents a much greater segment of the diabetic community. When I’ve spoken to medical professionals, the fact is, living with diabetes is a struggle, it never stops. It challenges who you are and who you need to be in the future.

The good news is that no matter where you are in your journey, there is more support than ever regarding diabetes and health management. With technology, a whole new world of opportunity continues to expand and be available for more than ever before.

You can follow David and his podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Simply search for In Touch with iOS. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter here and here.

Lastly, feel free to connect with David at the Suburban Chicago Apple Users group as well. Drop in on one of the virtual meetings held twice each month for Tech Talk and great networking.

Thanks David for your support, candor and all you do for the podcasting community.

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