When you get a diagnosis of diabetes, it can feel as if you have suddenly landed in another country, with its own strange idiom (post-prandial blood glucose? Luer locks?) and curious customs (Stick yourself with sharp things every day. And keep track of it in a logbook.). In fact, I sometimes think of Diabetes Forecast as a guidebook for immigrants to this foreign nation, with its currency of test strips and a citizenship determined by A1C levels.
One of the more confusing parts of your visit to Diabetesland is the question of gear: What products will help you best manage your condition? The number of diabetes gadgets and gizmos has grown over the years, which means more choice and a better chance of finding the items that suit you best. On the other hand, more choice can also mean more confusion.
That's why we publish this special issue every year. This time around, we've renamed it, not only because we feel that "Consumer Guide" is a more accurate title—it puts the emphasis on you, the consumer of diabetes products—but also because of a shift in our coverage, based on feedback from readers and diabetes professionals. For instance, we've reoriented our listings of the items like blood glucose meters and insulin pumps, focusing on the most crucial features, based on expert and user opinion and on our own research. And we've edited what items we include. You won't see products in the guide that you don't actually have to comparison shop for. At the same time, we think it's important that you have information about these drugs if you need it, so we've produced updated guides to type 2 meds and insulin, including the two new type 2 medications that came out on the market this past year.
We hope you'll find that these changes make our guide more useful. After all, when you're traveling in a foreign land, you want to make sure to pack smart.