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About Dr. Barry Simon

Dr. Barry Simon MD FRCP is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Consultant with the Leadership Centre for Diabetes at Mount Sinai Hospital where he improves diabetes adherence in patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. For the past two decades he has educated dietitians, family doctors and medical specialists on effective motivational and psychological strategies to improve diabetes adherence, the mental health issues in chronic illness and managing binge eating disorder. He presents workshops across Canada and annually at the Canadian Diabetes Association meetings and has presented in the US and Europe. Increasingly, he has been using spiritually based methods in his care of patients who struggle with diabetes distress and diabetes adherence. He has presented on this topic to diabetes educators and endocrinologists as part of continuing education at annual updates.

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What is diabetes mellitus?

Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can happen for two reasons: 1) your body can’t produce insulin; or 2) your body can’t use the insulin that it produces.

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