From the Highest Mountain to the Widest Desert, Diabetes Forecast Magazine Profiles Extreme Athletes with Diabetes

Alexandria,
January 30, 2013

Extreme physical activity can take a toll on the body, especially for someone with diabetes. But with the right management and training, almost any physical feat is possible. The February issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, offers inspiring stories, from professional athletes and everyday people alike, demonstrating diabetes doesn't have to slow you down.

Life in the Fast Lane: NASCAR driver Miguel Paludo makes a living racing a truck close to 200 miles per hour, but that doesn't stop him from keeping control of his diabetes. His inspirational story includes a look at life in the fast lane, plus a glance at his typical race-day schedule while managing his type 1.

Upward Bound: Christine Nolan thought she had faced the biggest obstacle in her life when she was diagnosed with diabetes—until she took on a new challenge and climbed to the South Base Camp of Mount Everest with her mom. The Nolans share their story of struggles and triumphs while climbing 17,598 feet above sea level and keeping control of Christine's diabetes at the same time.

To the Extreme: Sebastien Sasseville has taken on nearly unimaginable feats: Before he ran across the Sahara Desert in seven days with only a single backpack, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. But what makes him so awe-inspiring is the fact he did it all while living with diabetes. "I don’t want people with diabetes to feel like they're limited," says Sasseville. "In our day and age, we have every tool possible."

Moving Past Pain: George Simmons may experience the burning, tingling and numbness symptoms that come from his peripheral neuropathy diagnosed 10 years ago, but that hasn't stopped him from exercising and making significant changes in his life. This article offers advice on how people with diabetes can move past the pain of peripheral neuropathy to enjoy physical activity comfortably and safely.

Additional exciting features and columns in the February 2013 issue of Diabetes Forecast include:

  • American Heart Month tips for maintaining a healthy heart cardiovascular system.
  • How to recognize the signs of and cope with caregiver burnout.
  • Ideas for smart and healthy shopping at the supermarket.
  • The history of the A1C and how it became one of the greatest advancements in diabetes management.
  • Updates to the Association's Standards of Medical Care guidelines.
  • Three different recipes for affordable, substantial meals.

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)