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Diabetes Care "On Air" Podcast

Diabetes Care "On Air" is the monthly podcast of the American Diabetes Association’s premier clinical research journal Diabetes Care. In each episode, co-hosts Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC, and Michael Rickels, MD, MS, interview key authors of editor-selected feature articles and highlight the latest research presented in Diabetes Care. The podcast is intended for diabetes researchers and specialists, endocrinologists, and other health care professionals. Join Alice and Mike as they explore the latest high-impact research and information on diabetes care, treatment, and prevention. Learn more about the journal at  Diabetes Care.

Diabetes Care "On Air" podcasts are free and can be accessed through your favorite podcast provider, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. The podcasts are also accessible for listening on your computer or mobile device and can be downloaded below.

Most Recent Episode

January 3, 2023


Episode Notes

In this inaugural episode of Diabetes Care "On Air", Alice and Mike are first joined by the new editor of Diabetes Care, Dr. Steven Kahn (1:18). Steven shares his vision for the journal and discusses the new initiatives and features that the journal is launching in early 2023. (See Dr. Kahn’s editorial in the January 2023 issue.)

At 13:39, Alice interviews Nestoras Mathioudakis of Johns Hopkins University, the senior author of "Racial Disparities in Access and Use of Diabetes Technology Among Adult Patients With Type 1 Diabetes in a U.S. Academic Medical Center." This study, which is free to access, is an editor-selected feature article in the January 2023 issue of Diabetes Care.

At 26:45, Mike is joined by Patrik Smidtslund and Lena M. Thorn of the University of Helsinki. Patrik and Lena are the lead and senior authors, respectively, of "Prognosis After First-Ever Myocardial Infarction in Type 1 Diabetes Is Strongly Affected by Chronic Kidney Disease." This study is also free to access and is an editor-selected feature article in the January 2023 issue of Diabetes Care.

In the "Diabetes Care Rapid Exchange,” at 37:35, Alice and Mike wrap up the episode by discussing some of the other learnings in the January 2023 issue of Diabetes Care. Studies highlighted in this (and all) segments are listed under Sources below.

Episode Sources

Deficits and Disparities in Early Uptake of Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Receptor Agonists and SGLT2i Among Medicare-Insured Adults Following a New Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease or Heart Failure. SJ Cromer et al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):65–74.

Etiology, Epidemiology, and Disparities in the Burden of Diabetic Foot Ulcers (Review Article). K. McDermott et al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):209–221.

Sustained Low Income, Income Changes, and Risk of All-Cause Mortality in Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study. H. Seok Lee et al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):92–100.

Gestational Glucose Intolerance and Risk of Future Diabetes. DJ Selen et al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):83–91.

Low-Dose Empagliflozin as Adjunct to Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Therapy in Adults With Suboptimally Controlled Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Crossover Controlled Trial. M-R Pasqua et al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):165–172.

Long-term Weight Training and Mortality in U.S. Male Health Professionals With and Without Type 2 Diabetes. D. Hoon Lee at al. Diabetes Care 2023;46(1):138–148.

About the Hosts

Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC, is an Endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners and Unity Health Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She has been involved with the development of the Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines since 2003 and served as Chair for the 2013 version. She is Past-Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and is currently Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee for the 2023 and 2024 American Diabetes Association annual scientific meetings. In recognition of her contribution to the diabetes community, she has received the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada. She is also the creator of The Med Ed Pledge – an initiative to increase Diversity & Inclusion in continuing medical education ( and the CMEX (Continuing Medical Education eXperts) – a searchable database of health care professionals interested in participating in medical education.

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Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS, is an Endocrinologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the 
Willard and Rhoda Ware Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He conducts patient-oriented diabetes research that aims at understanding the pathophysiology of various forms of diabetes and the in vivo mechanisms of new diabetes treatments, with a focus on islet function and replacement and glucose counterregulation in type 1 diabetes and pancreatogenic forms of diabetes. Dr. Rickels’ research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health where he has served as a permanent member of the Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section (2014-2018), and has been recognized by service as Vice-Chair for the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange Clinic Network and Registry (2015-2019), as elected councilor for the International Pancreas & Islet Transplant Association (2015-2021), as Associate Editor of Endocrine Reviews (2015-2018), as a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions Planning Committee (2012-2014; 2020-2022). 

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