You Can’t Stop The Waves, But… You Can Learn To Surf | Stephen Ponder, MD, and Founder of Sugar Surfing | Real Life Diabetes Podcast 41

Listening to someone give advice, you can usually tell the level of authenticity behind the statements. When chatting with Dr. Stephen Ponder, there’s no question about authenticity–this sugar surfing wisdom is a part of his being. Growing up with type 1 diabetes (for 50 years), becoming a CDE (certified diabetes educator) and then a pediatric endocrinologist, passion fuels a life committed to inspiring people with diabetes to live a normal, possibly extraordinary life.

The sum of this wisdom, in words, can be located in the sixth edition of his book Sugar Surfing (a must-read for anyone looking to jump a level in diabetes management). Before his speaking engagement at Saturday Solutions by DSOK (hosted in part by Kim Boaz-Wilson, podcast 38 guest), Dr. Ponder dropped in with Amber and Ryan for a 3o minute conversation about the surfing revolution, grape juice, and MDI power.

The simplest way to follow Dr. Ponder: SugarSurfing.com

A link to Dr. Ponder’s BOOK, Sugar Surfing


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  • Quick plug for King William Manor in San Antonio. It’s a great place to stay and they know about life with T1D – witnessing Amber in all of her diabetes glory.
  • Dr. Ponder is the Medical Director of Lions Camp, a diabetes camp for kiddos.
  • Dr. Ponder enlightens us about a “pump runaway”.
  • Pump therapy in the 70’s and 80’s was like the Wild West.
  • Static and dynamic elements to managing your diabetes.
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  • Diabetes skills are practicable. You HAVE to practice.


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