Many people know that diabetes involves a problem with how the body uses food that results in too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. But exactly what happens in the digestive process? And how do type 1 and type 2 diabetes look at the cellular level? In April, Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, offers a visual guide to diabetes as part of its annual Back to Basics issue, which also features a user’s guide to insulin and simple, effective strategies for meal planning.
What happens to food in the stomach and small intestine? How does glucose get into the bloodstream, and where does it go? Where is insulin produced, and how does it help supply the body’s cells with energy? What goes wrong with these processes in diabetes, and what treatments are needed to restore and maintain health? The visual guide in Diabetes Forecast offers an inside look at the disease people with diabetes read so much about but never really get to “see.”
The “Back to Basics” special section also includes an article on using insulin, suitable for both beginners and veterans who want to refine their technique. There are tips on how to cover carbohydrates with insulin, correct high blood glucose levels, exercise without blood glucose levels dropping too low, and much more. An accompanying graph shows how background and mealtime insulins work, including onset, peak and duration times.
“Back to Basics” tackles another big matter for anyone with diabetes: meal planning. It’s always part of the doctor’s orders: Stick to a meal plan. “OK,” says Diabetes Forecast, “but what does that mean?” The magazine offers five meal-planning strategies, from visualizing your plate and counting carbs to controlling portion size and focusing on nutrition. “It’s learning your body,” says Debby Johnson, RD, LD, CDE, a dietitian and diabetes educator. “You kind of have to be your own scientist.”
Also in the April issue, Diabetes Forecast brings you information about diabetic ketoacidosis, often referred to as DKA. It can happen to people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and although it’s most common in people over the age of 20, it is the number 1 killer of children and adolescents with diabetes. So what do you need to know? From the chemistry of what’s happening in the body to the symptoms of and treatments for DKA, the magazine explains this deadly condition and what to do about it.
Also featured in the April issue of Diabetes Forecast:
- How To: Make a great salad – new fully illustrated step-by-step feature for crafting the ideal meal.
- Pedal Pushers: ADA’s Tour de Cure helps turn one man’s life around and inspires thousands more.
- Healthy Answers: There’s always something to learn at an American Diabetes Association EXPO.
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.
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.