Diabetes Forecast Takes a Look Back and a Step Forward

October 3, 2008

For 60 years, Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), has been bringing crucial information to people with diabetes. The October issue celebrates the magazine's 60th anniversary with a major redesign that takes on a more contemporary look and includes new features on research, nutrition, and treatment.

As an added bonus to readers, the magazine is also launching a new online presence at http://forecast.diabetes.org. This new interactive section on ADA's website offers readers specially tailored content from the current issue, along with bonus features like polls, recipes, and access to previous articles on an array of important diabetes issues.

The October issue welcomes Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler as a new face in diabetes, recognizes people who have been living with diabetes for as long as 85 years, and explores the future of managing this serious condition. "This disease affects a lot of people and it's going to be with me for the rest of my life," says Cutler. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last spring after experiencing severe weight loss and constant fatigue. During off-season training, he focused on monitoring his blood glucose during games – a process he says is "always a battle." He's found support from his healthcare team as well as football teammates and plans to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research in the future. Right now, though, he's concentrating on being able "to make it through an entire season and stay healthy and stay strong."

Also featured in the October issue is William Rounds of Fort Worth, Texas, who was diagnosed 85 years ago, just before his first birthday and only a few months after the discovery of insulin. Rounds, who may have had diabetes longer than anyone else in the world, describes the early days of boiling water on a Bunsen burner to test his urine glucose. Today he uses a pocket-sized blood glucose test kit that gives results in seconds. He's just one of the people profiled this month who have had diabetes for 60 years or more, and who describe their journey from the early years of insulin injections using thick glass tubes to the new insulin pumps that allow for continuous control.

The magazine also offers a glimpse of the future of diabetes care - everything from glucose meters that communicate by cell phone to insulin throat sprays, a "diabetes vaccine," and the possibility of a cure.

Other October articles include:

  • Diabetes Forecast 60th Birthday Cupcakes - recipes to indulge in that won't break the fat-and-carb bank.
  • Generation Exercise - why working out with kids is healthy for everyone.
  • The Art of Grazing - eating more often in order to eat less.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)