Happy New You
Magazine covers this time of year tend to shout about no-sweat “exercise” plans and “magic” fad diets. It’s human nature to find transformations appealing but also hope they’ll be easy to achieve. Of course, when it comes to diabetes care, we know that a steady, consistent pace—one goal at a time—is the most sustainable route to improved health and feeling good.
The “magic” comes from you and your health care provider customizing a treatment plan—a daily medication, eating, and exercise regimen that works for you. As Diana Carter, Tonya Wanamaker, and Sierra Wanamaker—three generations of women with diabetes—show us, choices about diabetes care are personal.
Of course, it helps to have some “power” tools. Take a look at the devices and products featured in the Diabetes Forecast Consumer Guide 2014. Perhaps you’re satisfied with your regimen. Perhaps you feel stuck in a rut. Whatever the case, learning about new tools and how they might fit your treatment plan puts you in control. And personally, “in control” is something I wish for all of us.
Welcome to a new year and to taking care of our diabetes together.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes
Mark Your Calendar!
American Diabetes Association EXPO®: Visit diabetes.org/expo to see the cities and dates for this awareness and education event where you will learn how to live well with diabetes.
Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes®: Join more than 120,000 walkers who are making strides in our fight against diabetes. To find a walk near you, visit diabetes.org/stepout.
Tour de Cure®: Find a ride near you—there are cycling events in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association: diabetes.org/tour.