T’ara Smith, Director of Beyond Type 2


T’ara was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in July 2017 at the age of 25. Since her diagnosis, she focused her academic studies and career on diabetes awareness and living a full life with it. She’s passionate about helping others share their stories and feeling empowered to build a life to become their healthiest selves. In December 2018, T’ara joined the Beyond Type 1 team to continue her work in diabetes as the project manager for Beyond Type 2, since becoming its director. In April 2019, T’ara was re-diagnosed with LADA diabetes. Outside the office, T’ara enjoys going to the movies, hiking with her dog, listening to BTS, and cooking awesome healthy meals. T’ara holds an MS in Nutrition Education from American University.

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Insulin Stigma in the Type 2 Diabetes Community

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The Role of Pharmacists in Diabetes Care

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Laurie Hernandez: Type 2 Diabetes is a Team Sport

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How Type 2 Diabetes Impacts Children vs. Adults

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Freestyle Libre’s Positive Impact on my Culinary Career

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Using Small Changes to Overcome Prediabetes

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A Type 2 Makeover by the Freestyle Libre 14 Day System

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About the National Diabetes Prevention Program

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An Interview with ADCES 2020 Innovative Use of Technology Award Winner, Molly Wagman

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A Movement, Not a Moment: About the POC Living with Diabetes Virtual Summit

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10 Misconceptions about Type 2 Diabetes

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The Benefits of Time-in-Range for Type 2 Diabetes with DCES Megan Muñoz

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Diabetes Prevention Program Shows Persistent Reduction of Type 2 Diabetes Development

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Lifestyle Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes Remission

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Dapagliflozin May Reduce the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes

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How Omnipod Simplifies Life with Type 2 Diabetes: A Chat with Insulet CCO Bret Christensen

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The Impact of Insulin Rationing on Mental Health

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Experiencing A Telehealth Appointment

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Roche Offers Free Access to mySugr Pro During COVID-19

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My First Time Wearing the FreeStyle Libre

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Omnipod Helped Me Reduce My A1C by Nearly 10 Percent

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Saving on Diabetes Supplies

If you need to get some diabetes supplies immediately, learn how you can get them over-the-counter and save money.MORE

Film Review – Blood Sugar Rising

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The Impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans

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FreeStyle Libre Approved by FDA for Hospitalized Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 14 day system will allow doctors to remotely monitor their patient's glucose levels. MORE

How to Stay Consistent with Diabetes Management

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Supporting Older Adults with Diabetes During COVID-19

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Improving Cultural Competency Among HCPs

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FDA Approves Triple Combination Pill Trijardy for Type 2 Diabetes

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Researchers See Type 2 Diabetes Develop for the First Time

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FreeStyle Libre Improved My Diabetes Management

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Sharing Your CGM Data

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Hiking My Feelings to Manage Diabetes

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The Value of Professional CGM

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FDA Investigating Contaminated Metformin, Risk is Low for Type 2 Patients

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Diabetes Education Helped This Marine Vet Reach His Type 2 Goals

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The Importance of CGM for Insulin-Dependent Type 2 Diabetes

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The Type 2 Diabetes Guide to Thanksgiving

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5 Ways to Overcome Blood Sugar Testing Anxiety

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How to Analyze Blood Glucose Meter Data

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Challenging the Importance of Hypoglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes

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Colorado Becomes First State to Pass Bill Capping Insulin Costs

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Is Type 2 Diabetes Hereditary?

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How I Managed Type 2 Diabetes While Pregnant

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A LADA Thoughts

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Your Type 2 Mom

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Pregnancy and Type 2 Diabetes

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Learning About Sugar

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Is Your Endocrinologist Really Listening To You?

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Prediabetes: Risk Factors and Symptoms

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