Diabetes Forecast Publishes 2014 Consumer Guide

Alexandria, Virginia
December 30, 2013

Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine from the American Diabetes Association, has released its annual Consumer Guide with the January 2014 issue. Whether you're satisfied with your diabetes regimen or feel stuck in a rut, learning about new tools and how they can fit into your treatment plan can put you in control of your health. Highlights from this guide to diabetes devices and products include:

Top Tech on the Horizon: Take a peek into the future of diabetes care with seven in-development products poised to make waves in the diabetes world.

Blood Glucose Meters: The magazine provides information about features to help people with diabetes make an educated decision, as the best meter is one you'll actually use. The article also explains the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current accuracy standards for meters and requirements announced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which would narrow the range for acceptable blood glucose readings and increase accuracy.

Insulin Pumps: These devices are the closest thing to a pancreas—so far. Diabetes Forecast outlines the top factors to consider when buying a pump, including the new MiniMed 530G With Enlite's threshold suspend feature, which automatically shuts off insulin delivery for up to two hours when hypoglycemia is detected and the user is unable to respond to an alarm.

Favorite Apps: Readers share their favorite smartphone apps for logging blood glucose results, counting carbs, recording exercise and losing weight.

Ketone Test Strips: These products offer a quick and easy way to determine if you are at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication.

Aids for Insulin Users: A list of products that can help insulin users with dexterity problems, vision impairment and needle anxiety—and profiles of some of the clever entrepreneurs behind them.

Also in this issue and on the all-new DiabetesForecast.org:

  • How to help first responders do their job, plus tear-out/printable medical IDs for people with diabetes.
  • Tips to prepare for a great doctor’s appointment.
  • Six easy, healthful ways to cook chicken.

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. With a fresh new look, its new website is a one-stop visit for people living with diabetes, their families and caregivers.

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)