Bringing You the Good Stuff
There's a chapter in Andie Dominick's memoir Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up With Diabetes that has always stuck with me (so to speak). It's titled "Mittens for the Diabetics," and it tells of a Christmas when the author's grandmother, with the best intentions, brought chocolate for all her grandkids—except the ones with diabetes. This is how having this disease can sometimes feel: Everyone else gets the candy, and we get the woolen goods.
As we mark our 60th anniversary, Diabetes Forecast is getting a makeover, based in part on the idea that people with diabetes deserve the good stuff, too. First on the list: updating the design of the magazine to achieve a more modern and fun sensibility that we hope you'll enjoy. We've also added a few new regular features, most dramatically the Forecast section at the front, which will offer quick reads on important news and research innovations. Two new columns debut this issue. Food for Thought will take scientific knowledge about healthy eating and translate it into things you can actually do in your own life (with new recipes every month, too). Diabetes 101 will guide you through the basics of managing your condition. We're starting that column this month with a quiz to see how good your diabetes math is—but don't worry, we're not grading you on this one.
One of the most exciting new developments now under way here at Diabetes Forecast doesn't really appear in the magazine at all: We're launching a new Web site, which you'll find at forecast.diabetes.org, and which will allow us to bring you even more news and information every day. And more chances for you to tell us how you're doing (and how you think we're doing, too).
When the American Diabetes Association first published this magazine in 1948, the idea was revolutionary: Put the information in the hands of the people who have this condition and empower them to take charge of their own health. It's an idea that still feels radical today, and no less urgent. But it doesn't mean we have to settle for mittens.