Diabetes Forecast Gets Back to the Basics

March 17, 2009

Medication, diet, glucose meters, insulin, insurance, emotions – there is a lot to learn when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. Even diabetes veterans have trouble keeping track of it all, which is why Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine from the American Diabetes Association, is going "Back to Basics" in its April 2009 issue. Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for decades, these articles will provide an excellent refresher for your ongoing diabetes education.

Some of the areas included:

  • Blood Glucose: A step-by-step guide to monitoring, plus a streamlined new daily journal you can copy or download to keep track of how you're doing.
  • When You Go Too Low: Preventing, recognizing, and treating hypoglycemia.
  • A Prescription for Wellness: All about the diabetes medications that can help you take control of your health, including a complete visual guide to injecting insulin.
  • What Can I Eat? The answer is better than you think – and here's how to get started with meal planning that is central to managing your diabetes.
  • What's Covered? How to find out what your insurance provider will pay for.
  • Dealing with Diabetes: Reaching out to others can help you cope – and thrive!

Also in the April 2009 issue:
Learn about the latest in research that shows: more sleep is a benefit to your heart health; vitamin B1 may reduce the risk of kidney disease in people with diabetes; people with diabetes have a greater risk of getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma than people who don't have diabetes; and the impact busy schedules may have on making healthy food choices. Additionally, Diabetes Forecast brings you the latest research on exercising to curb your appetite, the benefits of balance exercises, and when a treadmill might be the exercise of choice.

The April issue of Diabetes Forecast also includes information about:

  • Making a Difference: How eight American Diabetes Association volunteers are changing the world.
  • A Good Test Run: American Diabetes Association-funded research looks at how to motivate older adults to exercise.
  • Spring veggies: New recipes take advantage of spring's best flavors.

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)