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The Wacky World of Diabetes - David Kliff EPISODE 7, 12th May 2021
How Publication Can Inspire Proactivty in the Diabetes Community with Nadia Al-Samarrie
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How Publication Can Inspire Proactivty in the Diabetes Community with Nadia Al-Samarrie

The ones who impact diabetes are the ones who can meet people where they’re at, and help them make better, informed decisions. One such person is Nadia Al-Samarrie, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health.

Her AskNadia column is ranked #1 by Google and her DiabetesHealth website was named “Best Diabetes Blog” for 2019 & 2017 by Healthline. Nadia’s efforts have made her stand out as a pioneer and leading patient advocate in the diabetes community. She is also an author of several books and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and other major cable networks.


I’m looking forward to hearing from someone so impactful in the diabetes community. 


[00:01 - 06:01] Opening Segment

  • I introduce Nadia Al-Samarrie
  • Some background on Nadia
  • Getting into the business - Sugar Happy and DiabetesHealth
  • Starting a radio show with live questions about diabetes
  • Timeline and experience 
  • A quick look at the rich history of the diabetes industry
  • Nadia’s experience in dealing directly with diabetes
  • Family history 
  • Understanding the overwhelm
  • Picking people up where they’re at


[06:02 - 13:39]  How Publication Can Inspire Proactivity in the Diabetes Community

  • Nadia shares about her book From Baghdad to Berkeley and the inspiration around it
  • Timely for today’s political landscape
  • Her experience moving to a new country and culture 
  • Inspiration for young and proactive woman 
  • Background about Sugar Happy
  • The inspiration for the book
  • How to communicate with doctors 
  • A practical guide - answering questions all newly diagnosed people have
  • Nadia’s experience with changes in patient engagement 
  • Noticing people need another opinion
  • With the advent of the internet… 


[13:40 - 22:17] Patient Engagement and the Changing Industry

  • Nadia’s insights on patients with digital diabetes
  • Patients going it alone and through support groups 
  • Not everyone is comfortable with digitizing
  • Nadia talks about proactivity among the T1D community 
  • Some people act but most just want support 
  • The hardest things as a publisher 
  • Nadia’s thoughts on what the industry will look like in 5 years
  • Streamlined and automated systems
  • Up and coming company - Kaiser
  • Looking at other publications


[22:18 - 28:59] Closing Segment

  • Nadia talks about her future plans 
  • Another book coming 
  • Sugar Happy series 
  • Giving people healthy recipes
  • Helping people get a game plan
  • Where you can find Nadia’s content
  • Links Below
  • How Nadia can work with your team
  • Resources available 
  • What Nadia brings to the table
  • Thank you and please share this 
  • Final Words 


Tweetable Quotes:

“My job as a publisher is to take people and pick them up where they are - A to distil complicated information so they can understand it to make better decisions for themselves, and B to inspire them and ‘create the change’ and let them know that they’re not alone…” - Nadia Al-Samarrie

“It’s not always easy for people. I think what people look for is support, they look for talking with people, to get answers - not just doing some formulary documentation like some admin task.” - Nadia Al-Samarrie


Resources Mentioned: 


Connect with Nadia on LinkedIn and  Instagram. Go to https://www.diabeteshealth.com/ to start making a difference in your diabetes journey.



To know more, you can connect with me, David Kliff on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or email me at dkliff@diabeticinvestor.com. Be sure to visit https://diabeticinvestor.com for more insights and real-time analyses on the evolving business of diabetes.

Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you! You can also reach me at 224-715-3761.

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