Diabetes Forecast

Spring in My Step

By Kelly Rawlings ,

A fresh new season is just around the corner! This month, my winter-weary fingers (it's difficult to get a sizable blood drop from cold hands) look forward to starting vegetable seeds indoors. The recipes here have inspired me to plant plenty of superfood greens.

To encourage your own spring awakening, this issue celebrates diabetes victories—from proud moments to effectively taking medications as prescribed. We feature four easy ways to get more blood glucose–lowering power out of a simple walk, and how to identify and combat morning highs. We introduce you to some new friends, including basketball pro Gary Forbes, art therapist and blogger Lee Ann Thill, and rapid responder John Baldridge, MD, FACE.

What else is new? Click here for Caregiver Confidential, a department especially for people who help take care of us. I fondly refer to caregivers as "type 3s" and "type awesomes." Caregivers, I hope you will be vocal about subjects that you'd like us to address in the coming months. In our recipe and nutrition section, Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, demonstrates smart ingredient swaps for a more healthful banana bread. Send her your favorite recipe and it may appear, newly svelte and still tasty, on our Makeover Favorite page.

Be Loud on March 27
On American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, encourage awareness by asking your loved ones and friends to go online and take the type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Some of the steps we take to treat all types of diabetes—such as eating healthfully and getting physical activity—can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Everyone wins!

The American Diabetes Association is, as always, a hive of activity. My colleagues are preparing for June's Scientific Sessions, the world's premier meeting of diabetes researchers and clinicians; prioritizing legislative efforts to fund research and promote health care coverage; organizing American Diabetes Association EXPO® events; and so much more. For us, making life better for all people affected by diabetes is always in season.


Kelly Rawlings, PWD*type 1
*Person with diabetes



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