Spring Clean Your Diabetes Routine

March 31, 2011

Spring cleaning means it’s time to tackle the home, the car, and even the office – but what about your health? The April issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, provides spring cleaning advice in five important areas of diabetes care in order to get back to the basics. An additional, recipe-filled feature includes tips for spring cleaning the pantry, too!

Blood Glucose: The mathematics of medicine is particularly important in diabetes, especially for people who check their blood glucose regularly with a meter. Get the facts on the diabetes math of too high, too low and just right.

30 Tips for Successful Carb Counting: Counting the carbohydrate content of each and every meal can be a daunting task, so Diabetes Forecast asked people who do this every day to share this tips and tricks to kick-start good habits this spring.

How to Use Insulin: The basics may seem simple enough, but out in the real world balancing carb intake with different types of insulin can be tricky. Diabetes Forecast delves into the nitty-gritty of this lifesaving medication.

Hypoglycemia: Experiencing low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia, is unpleasant at best and can be downright dangerous, leading to unconsciousness, coma, or death. Here are experts’ six top tips for staying safe with hypoglycemia.

The Stakes Are High: Even though people may not "feel" diabetes, it’s there and can damage their bodies, including the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes. Learn how to avoid the complications of diabetes.

The Perfect Pantry System: If there is one thing you don’t want to leave off your spring cleaning list, it’s your pantry. Diabetes Forecast brings you lists of the basics you should have on hand, how long you should hold on to them, and some healthy recipes you can make from a well-stocked pantry.

Someone to Lean On: How one American Diabetes Association volunteer lends an understanding ear to anyone who has a question.  From legal advocates to parents trying to keep kids Safe at School, volunteers are hard at work to help Stop Diabetes®.

A Normal Life: When Kim Kircher was diagnosed with diabetes, her doctor said she could live a relatively normal life. But Kircher’s definition of normal includes an extraordinary climb up Mt. Rainier, which she shares in the April issue’s Reflections piece.

Whether you have had diabetes for two days or 50 years, or you have a loved one with the disease) now is the time to learn or refresh the basics of diabetes care. Just think of the April issue of Diabetes Forecast as spring cleaning for your own, personal diabetes library.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 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)