Your Guide to Active Summer Living

Alexandria,
June 30, 2011

Summer is a time for fun and exercise – for people of all ages and backgrounds. The July issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, looks at the importance of exercise for people with diabetes and some of their successes, from a professional golfer to young athletes to older folks who are aging gracefully by staying physically active. Carling Coffing on the cover of Diabetes Forecast in July 2011

For the Love of the Game: Carling Coffing, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, couldn’t find a sport that fit her strict treatment program of insulin shots and exact meal times until, at 10 years old, she tried golf. “Golf was a great fit for me,” said Coffing, now 25. “It’s a slow pace and I could eat and take shots on the course – and I fell in love with the game.”

The Ohio State University graduate has spent the last three years on the LPGA Futures Tour and even won Big Break Sandals Resorts, a gold competition and reality show on the Golf Channel. In the July issue of Diabetes Forecast, Carling shares her story and triumphs, including why she gave her insulin pump a nickname and how roller-coaster blood glucose levels ended up helping her in Big Break.

Rising Stars: Diabetes Forecast also features three young athletes - ages 12, 13, and 15 - with diabetes who are at the top of their sports. They discuss their practice routines, blood glucose control during competition, and disciplined approaches to managing diabetes. It is no wonder these young athletes have won medals across the world!

Aging Like a Champ: Getting older is inevitable, of course, but being prepared can make a big difference in how the aging process affects your health and life. Learning the tactics of aging well is particularly critical for people with diabetes, who are at a high risk of becoming functionally disabled. Diabetes Forecast provides tips and ideas to help anyone age with grace. 

The 3-in-1 Meal Strategy: Making dinner is like most endeavors in life: It can feel like a chore if you start from scratch each day, but it’s much easier when you have a strategy in mind. The Diabetes Forecast 3-in-1 plan goes beyond leftovers: You make one great meal, but rather than eat the same thing the next two nights, you create a completely different meal with the same base. Complete with recipes, the magazine sets the table  for healthy, easy meals.

Gestational Diabetes
: A diagnosis of gestational diabetes can overshadow the joys of pregnancy. While the vast majority of these cases end in a healthy baby and mom, gestational diabetes (high blood glucose during pregnancy in a woman who has never had type 1 or type 2 diabetes) does increase risks to the health of both baby and mother. Keeping blood glucose under control is crucial for women with gestational diabetes to help safeguard their babies and themselves, so Diabetes Forecast takes a look at this important topic.

Food for Thought
: It’s a growing trend these days: community-supported agriculture, or CSA, where local farms provide subscribers with their fresh produce during growing season. But how can you tell if this system is right for you? And what do you need to know to get started? Diabetes Forecast brings you the “fresh” facts.

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.