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ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leighton Rockafellow, a 26-year-old from Tucson, is backpacking around South America, Asia, and Europe this year. He's traveling with his fiancee - but also with type 1 diabetes. How does he do it? The May 2008 issue of Diabetes Forecast, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) consumer magazine, features a step-by-step guide to the tricky business of traveling with diabetes, with advice from Rockafellow and a slew of medical experts about what to pack, how to eat, and what to do in an emergency.

Whether you're circling the globe this summer or just visiting relatives a few hours away, traveling can be stressful - particularly if you have diabetes. The experts advise starting early - as much as a month and a half before your scheduled departure - by telling your health care team about your travel plans. They can assist you in compiling the paperwork necessary for customs if you'll be leaving the United States. (And don't forget to take their emergency telephone number, just in case.) Davida F. Kruger, author of The Diabetes Travel Guide (American Diabetes Association, 2006), recommends researching the types of food available at your destination to estimate how these foods may affect your diabetes management. You'll also want to write down your medication dosages and pump settings and pack extra testing supplies, snacks, and medications with their prescription labels.

For Rockafellow, all of this planning is a small price to pay for the extraordinary experiences he's had traveling. "I feel proud to know that I have not let diabetes keep me from doing the things I love," he tells Diabetes Forecast, "such as hiking the Inca Trail in Peru or sailing through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia."

Also in the May 2008 issue:

Time to get ready for camp! While most kids worry about scary stories around the campfire and mosquito bites at summer camp, children with diabetes (and their parents) bring other concerns with them. Whether you have chosen one of the more than 40 ADA summer camps which cater exclusively to kids with diabetes, or a non-diabetes camp, you and your camper will benefit from preparing well in advance. Diabetes Forecast features 6 easy steps to get your family camp-ready.

In addition, Diabetes Forecast brings you information about:

-- LDL's partner in crime: A new lab test you'll want to discuss with your doctor.

-- Recipes for an elegant Mother's Day brunch that's delicious - and diabetes-friendly.

-- Me, My Parents, and My Diabetes - how diabetes impacts a teen's struggle for independence.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for 60 years. Each full-color issue offers the latest news on diabetes research and treatment. Its mission is to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes, helping them to live a healthier lifestyle, control their diabetes, and prevent or treat its many complications. The magazine is published monthly by the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

SOURCE American Diabetes Association
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