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UnDisciplined: The Integrated Physiologist And The Socio-Techno Endocrinologist

University of Utah Health
University of Utah reserach analyzes the ways people with diabetes hack devices for better health outcomes.

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about life hacks, including some that work — like do-it-yourself glucose balancing devices used by increasing numbers of individuals with diabetes — and some that don't, like the common practice of using weekends for recovery sleep. 

Christopher Depner is an associate professor of integartive physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His latest study, published in Current Biology, found that the increased disease risks faced by people who get insufficient sleep aren't reduced when those same people try to make up for it by sleeping longer on the weekends 

Michelle Litchman is a nurse pratcitioner at the University of Utah whose research focuses on the intersection of diabetes, disease managements and technology. Her recent study in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology analyzed social media posts to better understand the health outcomes of people with diabetes who use open-source technology to provide for their needs.