For American Diabetes Month, Diabetes Forecast Magazine Observes How Far the Diabetes Community Has Come

October 31, 2012

From the discovery of insulin to someone with diabetes competing for the title of “American Ninja Warrior,” the story of diabetes has come a long way since the first diagnosis in 1552 B.C. In its November issue, Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, marks American Diabetes Month® by celebrating the good news happening in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

Diabetes by the Numbers: Exploring the past, present and future of diabetes and its treatment, this article illustrates how far the diabetes community has come—and how far there still is to go—in reaching a life free of diabetes and all its burdens. The piece takes a look at diabetes numbers in terms of national statistics, exercise, complications, weight and nutrition.

Sex and Diabetes: Although people with diabetes are at a higher risk for sexual problems, only about half of all men with diabetes and 19 percent of women with diabetes speak with their doctors on the subject. The magazine addresses why people with diabetes face sexual challenges, what the symptoms are and how best to overcome them.

Pumped Up: An obstacle-course fanatic, Kyle Cochran, 24, didn’t hesitate to tests his skills on national television—even with an insulin pump. As a contestant with type 1 diabetes on the competition show American Ninja Warrior, Kyle made it to the first round of the finals competition. His success demonstrates that people with diabetes can tackle the “ultimate obstacle course” and inspire other people with diabetes to push their athletic limits.

Additional exciting features and columns in the November 2012 issue of Diabetes Forecast include:

  • The impact of diabetes on oral health, including gum disease, tooth decay and healing time.
  • A look at the increase in type 2 diabetes among adolescents and the best ways to prevent and treat the disease.
  • A guide to over-the-counter medications and diabetes care for the flu and common cold.
  • Three menus for holiday gatherings of friends and family—plus tips for making festive meals stress-free for 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 Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)