04:30am Thursday 27 February 2020

Proving Life Can Be Extraordinary

There are many portraits of success when it comes to living a happy and healthy life with diabetes.The December issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, profiles incredible individuals with diabetes who help others while helping themselves. These people have what it takes to succeed.

Dec. Forecast cover

In Playing His Part, actor Stephen Wallem opens up about dealing with diabetes on-screen and off. As the nurse with a heart, and a biting tongue, on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” Wallem grew up wondering why he never saw any characters with diabetes in movies or on television. “It was tough having no media images that I could relate to,” Wallem told Diabetes Forecast.

Over the past three seasons, the acclaimed series has believably addressed diabetes issues inspired by Wallem’s own experiences. “I believe that art can get a message across a lot stronger than a doctor or a brochure and that it’s going to hit home more if someone is seeing a character or a situation they’re invested in,” he explained. To learn more about the actor’s struggles and successes living with diabetes, read the full interview in the December issue of Diabetes Forecast.

There is strength in numbers, and Diabetes Forecast has the proof. Team Players takes an inside look at nine teams made up of family, friends and even strangers who have joined forces to Stop Diabetes®. Along the way, they have learned how to better tackle their own health and help others in the process. Snapshots of success include a type 1 women’s cycling team whose members push one another to compete at their best level while also offering invaluable blood glucose management support, as well as a church congregation that has come together to raise money to Stop Diabetes and build awareness about diabetes prevention and treatment in the African American community.

Speaking of large groups, how about some hearty recipes guaranteed to warm up any winter crowd? In this issue, Diabetes Forecast features Pleasing a Crowd, a collection of stew recipes that will put a smile on everyone’s face, including Spiced Pork Stew, Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and French Chicken Stew.

Additional exciting features and columns in this issue include:

Dear Food Diary: Recording what you eat can help manage weight and blood glucose control, but how do you start a food journal? Diabetes Forecast has all the information and tips you need to begin tracking your health.

A Fiery Foe: Research has suggested that a chronic type of inflammation is linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In this issue, readers will learn the basics of inflammation, explore what research is uncovering and find out what helps when it comes to putting out the blaze.


The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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