To Carb or Not to Carb?

Alexandria,
February 28, 2011

The March issue of Diabetes Forecast has it all: recipes, research, a pop star, health information, siblings, a love story, and a homely potato on the cover. Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, demonstrates many sides of diabetes with articles that will speak to your inner dietitian, rock star, researcher, scientist, chef, and companion:

 "Are Carbs the Enemy?" asks the March 2011 cover of Diabetes Forecast magazine with fingers pointing to a potato

Are Carbs the Enemy? The passionate debate about what to eat (and what not to eat) if you have diabetes continues. Diabetes Forecast looks at the arguments for and against each side (low-carb, moderate-carb, and vegan/ high-carb) and how to achieve a balanced diet in whatever plan is right for you.

The Pop Star Grows Up – Five years after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 13, Nick Jonas catches up with Diabetes Forecast and talks about taking his disease management into his own hands. He also dives into topics like his music projects (and 15-hour days in the studio), the launch of his solo career, his thoughts about college, and – oh yes – dating!

This Gland Is Your Gland – Did you know that people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) are more prone to get thyroid disease than the general population? Diabetes Forecast explains what the thyroid does and the symptoms of thyroid disease.

Sibling Support – When Josh Funderwhite was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age five, his older sister, Terri, stepped into the protective big-sister role, but didn’t quite understand what was going on – until she went to diabetes camp. Now she recommends this for all siblings of kids with diabetes. “It will help you understand how your sibling feels,” she says. “It’s the closest you’ll ever get.”

Cooking Oils Are Not All Created Equal – Oils differ not only in origin but also in the type of fat they contain and how they are used in the kitchen. Diabetes Forecast provides a guide to your options for optimizing both taste and health!

Nurture and Nature – It’s long been said that diabetes is caused by both genetic and environmental factors. A new field of research called epigenetics shows that it may be more complex than that: the environment can affect and even permanently modify the genes themselves.

A Life Together – They met in high school in 1947. It wasn’t until he proposed four years later that she told him she had been living with type 1 diabetes since she was two years old. Myron Schultz shares his love story in this month’s Reflections piece.

The March issue of Diabetes Forecast also includes How to Make Fabulous Fish (it’s less tricky than you think!), the inside scoop on an American Diabetes Association-funded researcher who is learning how inflammation affects insulin resistance, and how the cycling event Tour de Cure has helped one man drop 140 pounds since 2008.

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. 

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.