Proving Life Can Be Extraordinary

November 29, 2011

There are many portraits of success when it comes to living a happy and healthy life with diabetes.The December issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, profiles incredible individuals with diabetes who help others while helping themselves. These people have what it takes to succeed.


In Playing His Part, actor Stephen Wallem opens up about dealing with diabetes on-screen and off. As the nurse with a heart, and a biting tongue, on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” Wallem grew up wondering why he never saw any characters with diabetes in movies or on television. “It was tough having no media images that I could relate to,” Wallem told Diabetes Forecast.

Over the past three seasons, the acclaimed series has believably addressed diabetes issues inspired by Wallem’s own experiences. “I believe that art can get a message across a lot stronger than a doctor or a brochure and that it’s going to hit home more if someone is seeing a character or a situation they’re invested in,” he explained. To learn more about the actor’s struggles and successes living with diabetes, read the full interview in the December issue of Diabetes Forecast.

There is strength in numbers, and Diabetes Forecast has the proof. Team Players takes an inside look at nine teams made up of family, friends and even strangers who have joined forces to Stop Diabetes®. Along the way, they have learned how to better tackle their own health and help others in the process. Snapshots of success include a type 1 women’s cycling team whose members push one another to compete at their best level while also offering invaluable blood glucose management support, as well as a church congregation that has come together to raise money to Stop Diabetes and build awareness about diabetes prevention and treatment in the African American community.

Speaking of large groups, how about some hearty recipes guaranteed to warm up any winter crowd? In this issue, Diabetes Forecast features Pleasing a Crowd, a collection of stew recipes that will put a smile on everyone’s face, including Spiced Pork Stew, Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and French Chicken Stew.

Additional exciting features and columns in this issue include:

Dear Food Diary: Recording what you eat can help manage weight and blood glucose control, but how do you start a food journal? Diabetes Forecast has all the information and tips you need to begin tracking your health.

A Fiery Foe: Research has suggested that a chronic type of inflammation is linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In this issue, readers will learn the basics of inflammation, explore what research is uncovering and find out what helps when it comes to putting out the blaze.

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 Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)