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Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE

Diabetes-Focused Life Coach and Psychotherapist
New York, NY

About Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE

For many people with diabetes, blood sugar takes a silent toll on cognition, memory, retention, and recall. It can diminish learning, raise stress levels, and spur additional maladies such as depression. For the people close to them, it has an impact as well: they often must learn to cope with mood swings, complex health issues, and the incessant monitoring associated with the disease.

Eliot LeBow knows. At age six, he was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes (Type I). Once he received help and support, he was able to thrive. He is now a diabetes-focused psychotherapist, and the owner of DiabeticTalks, a private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

DiabeticTalks treats the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs that come with both Type I and Type II diabetes. It educates doctors, nurses, and more generalized psychotherapists about the unique issues of people with diabetes.

Eliot has established himself as a leading authority on diabetes-related well-being. He is the sole psychotherapist on a panel of experts for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He collaborates on patient care with leading endocrinologist's at various diabetes programs. Eliot’s robust online platform, volunteer work, professional training programs, and breakout presentations are raising the profile of mental health care for people with diabetes—and educating other practitioners.

“My own passion lies with helping people with diabetes live a capable, powerful life—with less suffering, and filled with all the joy of the human experience,” he says.

Articles Written by Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE

Depression Diagnosis

The signs and symptoms of depression and high blood sugar can often overlap. Tell your mental health professional you have diabetes and describe your symptoms.
The signs and symptoms of depression and high blood sugar can often overlap. Find out more.

Diabetes and Depression: Overview

Depression is two to three times more common in people with diabetes. Find out why diabetes and depression often go hand-in-hand.

Depression Treatments

Treatment for depression ranges from psychotherapy to medications. Talk with your physician to find out what is best for you.

Recent blog posts from Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE

Family Conflict: Frustration or Blood Sugars

How does anyone understand the complexities of diabetes? Isn’t it as simple as following a routine? Unfortunately not!

Diabetes: Walk In My Shoes!

Diabetes is a complicated ill

Diabetes & The Pitfalls of Support!

Support is hard to find even misleading at times. Family is supposed to be supportive but, what some people think is supportive, may feel just the opposite.

Success With Diabetes?

A lot of people living with diabetes have a tendency to blame themselves when things go wrong with their diabetes.

Diabetes Impact: Brothers & Sisters

So it came to my attention recently that siblings have a difficult time after their brother or sister gets diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Extreme Blood Sugars & Managing Emotions

They are quiet, often sneak up on you, cause tons of frustration, and can lead to low self-esteem, arguments, relationship and diabetes burnout. 

Shock, Shots, and Trauma

Thirty-seven years, 13,514 days, 324,335 hours or 19,460,100 minutes ago I was diagnosed with diabetes.

Living With Diabetes & Balance

Balance is one of the most important concepts in finding happiness in life.

Acid, Tripping & Blood Sugar Levels

Individuals with diabetes may struggle with various symptoms caused by high or low blood sugar.

Sex & Diabetes: Romancing the Pump

Blogger Eliot LeBow on he handled his insulin pump getting in the way of foreplay and sex.

Better Bad Choices (in diabetes management)

While living with diabetes making choices can be a difficult thing for some people, while other people find it easy.

Not One More! Thing?

The phrase “Not one more…” is a saying that people tend to internalize. It tends to happen when something new is added to one's life.

Eat Free and Die Hard!

Chocolate, candy, and all other assorted holiday treats, Abound! Temptation is everywhere you look.

Halloween Bummer: Fear or Scare!

It’s that day again! I remember as a child how excited I was. And why shouldn’t I have been?

Sex, Pumps and Underwear

This all started with a day many years ago, when I started wearing a pump.

Riding the Roller Coaster

So, it’s on to Tikal from Guatemala City. The trip from Guatemala City to Tikal is a short flight; all in all, it’s about an hours plane ride in a puddle jumper.

High Altitude Blood Sugars

Shortly after arriving in Guatemala, we went to a friend’s house for lunch and then back to the hotel.

Maneuvering the Airport!

I hear over and over again to be prepared. Basically, always have a back up. I personally take 3 of everything just in case.

Dealing With Doctor Appointments

When you are a person with diabetes, scheduling doctors appointments can become overwhelming. Remember it is okay to miss an appointment, just get back on the horse and reschedule ASAP.

Finding Acceptance!

Hummm! What is Acceptance, Really? Do I accept that I have diabetes or am I living in denial? It’s a hard question to answer.

Being Alone, Doing it Alone!

I remember back in the day, when I was alone with my disease. No one I knew had it and most didn’t know I had it either.

Insurance Insanity!!!

Hi Everyone. This blog may be a bit off the map compared to my usual blogs, but it needs to be addressed.

Living Life on Diabetes Terms!

How tight are you holding on to the rules of living with diabetes?  

Change? Achieving Diabetes Preferred Lifestyle!

So, It is time to change! What though? The doctors all say I need to change, but why should I? I like my life the way it is! So what to do? I just don’t know really.

Change, Deceit & Diabetes

36 years ago in the hospital, I had just turned 6 years old and was diagnosed that same day with Juvenile diabetes. The doctor was nice!

Diabetes & Dealing with Change!

It’s early morning, about 2am, I think and I am stuck in a cold and sterile room. I can’t fall asleep with this thing attached to me.

The Psychology Behind Holiday Hunger?

So I was asking myself the other day how was I going to handle all the food I will encounter today. It’s Thanksgiving after all and food will be everywhere.

Balancing the chemical equation: Diabetes & Mental Wellness!

For patients with both diabetes and a psychiatric disorder, resolving your mental health issues is vital to managing your diabetes care.

Living with Diabetes Care or Codependency?

Meet Jane. Jane is 25 years old, and got engaged last year. She has Type 1 diabetes, and is currently on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Diabetes: Don't tell me what to do!

A few years back, a parent came to me in crisis. Her fifteen-year-old daughter, Kristen, was struggling to care for herself, and didn’t seem to care.

The Impact of Alcohol & Drugs on Diabetes!

Your life isn’t turning out exactly how you imagined it would. First, there was the depression, lethargy, and lack of willpower that made each day a fog.

Anxiety & Diabetes: Conquering Fear, Taking Control

Imagine that you’ve always felt out of place in a crowd—even in a group of friends.

Managing Attention Disorders and Diabetes?

It’s five past nine, and you’re late for work again.

How Diabetes is Affecting Your Mental Health—And Vice Versa

 You can’t sleep—again. Despite daytime fatigue, every time you lie down for bed you’re suddenly restless.

The Diabetic Binge

Hypoglycemic reactions cause many problems for people with diabetes.

How Denial Impacted My Life as a Diabetic

Now, I am going to discuss how denial changed or didn’t change me, as well as the impact denial had on my life.

Diabetes: Losing Your Way of Living Life

In my previous blog, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Blood Sugars, I addressed internal thought management around high and low blood sugar episodes.

There’s No Such Thing as “Bad” Blood Sugar

In my previous blog, Managing Blood Sugar and a Relationship: 5 Rules to Live By, I addressed how to cope in a relationship when you have high and low blood sugar episodes.

When Your Memory and Blood Glucose Begin to Slip

I am a diabetes-focused psychotherapist, life coach, and diabetes patient, and in my practice on the Upper West Side of New York City, I encounter lots of clients with is

Helping Your Diabetic Teenager Fit in

My name is Eliot LeBow and I am a diabetes focused psychotherapist and life coach.

Articles Reviewed by Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE

Program Helps People With Diabetes Fight Depression

The benefits of talk therapy goes far beyond improving depression—patients also had significant improvement in the blood sugar levels.

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