“Her Beloved World”: Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Reflects on Living Well with Diabetes

June 28, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is extraordinary in more ways than one. For one thing, she heads to work each day with supplies that are familiar to people with diabetes: a meter, glucose tablets and insulin. The July issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, features a candid interview with this public servant, who proves that diabetes need not stand in the way of a person’s dreams.

Since Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World, was published earlier this year, the public has enjoyed an unprecedented peek into her remarkable story. The daughter of Puerto Rican parents, she advanced from Princeton University to Yale Law School, became the first Hispanic federal judge in New York State in 1992 and was appointed to the highest court in the land in 2009.

Justice Sotomayor is equally open about her type 1 diabetes; she was diagnosed at age 7 and took charge of her self-care early on. Some of the characteristics that have shaped her life have come in handy with managing diabetes—and perhaps diabetes has helped to hone those skills. In the Diabetes Forecast interview, Sotomayor, now 59, looks back on her life with the disease, including what she considers to be the top three diabetes care improvements over the past half-century, and offers warm words of wisdom for others with diabetes, especially children who are newly diagnosed.

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

  • A behind-the-scenes look at how insulin is mass-produced.
  • Learning to better recognize blood glucose highs and lows. 
  • Career and workplace rights for people with diabetes.
  • Ways to encourage the necessary habits for good diabetes care.
  • Kind-to-kidneys recipes to help manage sodium, phosphorus, potassium and protein intake.

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)