The Challenges of Living with Type 2 Diabetes [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Phil_McGraw_Type_2_DiabetesGuests: Dr. Phil McGraw and Dr. Pamela Kushner
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bios: Dr. Phil McGraw is best known as the host and executive producer of TV’s #1 daytime talk show, “Dr. Phil.” He is also an accomplished author, having written nine New York Times No. 1 bestsellers and is frequently called upon for his expert opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets. For 25 years, Dr. Phil was a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas before retiring to dedicate himself to his educational media platform full-time.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Midwestern State University, and a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas, which was followed by a year of post-doctoral training in Forensic Psychology at The Wilmington Institute.
Dr. Phil has lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 25 years. When he was diagnosed, he made a commitment to get on – and stay on – a healthy treatment plan of medication, diet and exercise. Since 2016, Dr. Phil has partnered with AstraZeneca to bring this commitment to life for the millions of people living with the disease as part of the ‘ON IT’ Movement, a program designed to help adults commit to take action and live healthier.
An avid tennis player, golfer and scuba diver, Dr. Phil lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 40 years, Robin. The couple is devoted to their family, which includes sons Jay and Jordan, Jay’s wife, Erica, and their children Avery Elizabeth and London Phillip.

Dr. Pamela Kushner type 2 diabetesDr. Pamela Kushner is a board-certified family physician who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, specializing in preventive medical care with an emphasis on diabetes management. She is also a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, and serves as a reviewer for the Medical Board of California. She has been published widely in both medical and lay journals. Dr. Kushner received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she earned her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine.
As a primary care physician and certified lifestyle educator, one of Dr. Kushner’s areas of expertise is diabetes management and has partnered with AstraZeneca on the ON IT Movement to help adults with type 2 diabetes understand the emotional and psychological barriers people with type 2 diabetes need to overcome so they can create a treatment plan and stick to it.
Dr. Kushner was the first female president of the Long Beach Medical Association and has served as the chairperson for the AAFP Drugs and Devices Committee. Dr. Kushner has earned the woman of the year award from Soroptimist International and the Clean Spokesperson award from the American Lung Association.

Segment overview: Best-selling author and host of TV’s #1 Daytime Talk Show, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Pamela Kushner, a Board-Certified Family Physician, talk about living with Type 2 Diabetes, barriers to managing the disease, and the ON IT Movement, a program designed to help adults live healthier.

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