Diabetes Forecast

What's On Your (License) Plate

We asked you to show us your diabetes-themed license plates. And you did!

Here is my son, Cole Neufeld, 14, standing by our new T1D MOM license plate! Cole was diagnosed with type 1 at 23 months old.
Rachel Allbright, Prescott, Ariz.
I have had type 1 for 31 years. I am a pumper and proudly travel with my plates every day.
Colleen Jackson, RD, CDE, Patchogue, N.Y.
My son, Connor, is an active, thriving 12-year-old with type 1. We love driving down the road and seeing another diabetes plate. It always prompts us to wave and smile to the travelers in the other car. We feel a kinship with them, knowing that they, too, have to manage a very difficult disease every minute of every day. It helps us to realize we are not alone in our daily struggle.
Renee Skillman, Leesburg, Va.
In Mississippi, we have a special vehicle tag to let law enforcement know the driver has diabetes. You need to complete a state form and have it signed by your MD.
Richard Bohlman, Pearl, Miss.
I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator always looking for opportunities to share information about diabetes and increase awareness. This license plate has started many conversations about diabetes. An added bonus is that part of the fee paid for the plate supports the American Diabetes Association (yeah!).
Jackie Carlson, RD, CDE, Ashville, N.Y.
My plate is an affirmation, instead of saying "I hope they cure" or "I pray they cure." This is meant for my son Dylan, 12, and the millions of others out there! We feel blessed to have him and to live as a family with type 1.
Laura Fedas, Warner, N.H.

Mystery Solved

In April, we asked you to guess the diabetes connection on American Diabetes Association volunteer Eileen Clarke's mystery license plate, and the answers came pouring in:

  • The date insulin was discovered (nope, that happened in 1921).
  • In 2001, Eileen Clarke's A1C was 5.37.
  • One in 537 people has diabetes (if only it were so—about 1 in 12 Americans does).
  • The filing date of U.S. patent 2084540, for a syringe case.
  • The ZIP code of Buffalo Hill, once the summer home of the pioneering diabetologist Elliott P. Joslin, MD (close—it's 01540).
  • The ages at which Eileen's family members were diagnosed: 0, 15, 3, and 7 or 0, 15, and 37.
  • A 1:5 insulin-to-carb ratio, with 37 units of long-acting insulin at night (yup, that's from a diabetes educator).
  • Jan. 5, 1937, the date 75 years ago of her type 1 diagnosis (Eileen protests: "I'm not 75, yet!!!").

Maybe the green Peace Love & Insulin sticker to the left of the license plate was too broad of a hint. But we prefer to think that Forecast readers are just clever. In any case, many of you correctly answered that the plate's 01537 is the ZIP code of the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, a year-round camp, retreat, and conference center in North Oxford, Mass. (where Clarke's daughters are counselors).

Got an idea for a diabolical diabetes puzzler? Send it to replyall@diabetes.org.



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