Refresh Your Skills with Diabetes Forecast Magazine
March 28, 2013
When it comes to diabetes management, there is so much to know—medical guidelines may change and research advances can also influence the way the disease is treated over time. It’s easy to forget the finer details, especially if you’ve lived with diabetes for a long time, so everyone affected by the disease could use a refresher now and then. From carb counting to blood glucose testing, from reading nutrition labels to understanding complications, the April issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, offers valuable information to help readers brush up on their diabetes know-how.
Diabetes Basics—True or False?: There are plenty of research-based guidelines and recommendations for ideal diabetes care, but people are imperfect and educators often adopt more realistic expectations for their patients. The magazine gives the skinny on eight oft-repeated self-care tenets, illustrating how flexible today’s diabetes management really is.
Decoding the Food Label: Reading food product nutrition labels often seems akin to understanding a foreign language. Diabetes Forecast breaks down the facts to help shoppers spend less time staring at supermarket shelves and more time checking items off their list.
Biggest Winner: At age 23, Channelle Washington has already lived with type 2 diabetes for 12 years. She started off right but became complacent with her diabetes management in high school. So she took a crash course to make herself healthier. This piece explores how she got her health back on track—for good.
Finding the Nerve: Health care providers are getting better at finding and treating diabetic neuropathy, the nerve damage caused by high blood glucose levels that affects an estimated two-thirds of people with diabetes. This article explains the different kinds of neuropathy and how to handle them, plus what to expect at an annual foot exam.
Look on the Bright Side: Depression affects 1 in 6 Americans, and some studies suggest the rates are higher in people with diabetes. Living with diabetes isn’t always easy, and adding depression to the mix can make taking care of yourself seem overwhelming. But new approaches that treat diabetes and depression give hope that these dual burdens can be lifted.
Additional exciting features and columns in the April 2013 issue of Diabetes Forecast include:
- Climber Steve Richert’s year of testing himself—while living with diabetes.
- A portrait of a Detroit-area support group for women with diabetes.
- New ways to assess your health based on where body fat is stored, not just its quantity.
- Meet the Association’s 2013 National Youth Advocate, Heather Berg.
- Does drastically cutting calories curb type 2 diabetes just as well as surgery?
- Simple, no-cook salads and sandwiches that are perfect for spring.
Diabetes Forecast has been America’s leading diabetes consumer 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)