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Getting Your Diabetes Toolkit in Order

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Can you list all of the medical professionals who should be on a diabetes health care team? When was the last time you and a friend or family member discussed ways to recognize symptoms of low glucose levels? Whether you can expertly recite the distinction between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, or you've just started using a glucose meter, Diabetes Forecast's April issue will enhance your ongoing diabetes education. This special issue of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) consumer magazine features simple articles to refresh your knowledge of a variety of diabetes-related topics.

Articles in the April issue include:

-- What is Diabetes? An introduction to the disease and how it works in the human body.

-- Get In The Game -- How to build a winning diabetes health care team.

-- You Should Know... 30 important facts about managing your diabetes, from insulin and medications to preventing eye disease and taking care of your kidneys.

-- The Sweet Stuff -- The types of carbohydrate you should try to include or avoid in your meals, and how carbs interact with your body.

Together these articles provide an overview of diabetes, self-management, and other basic information essential to anyone affected by diabetes. Better yet, if your well-intentioned neighbor or co-worker lectures you for treating low glucose with candy and says, "But I know you can't have sugar..." share the April 2008 issue of Diabetes Forecast for a little necessary education.

Also in the April 2008 issue:

Researcher Myles Faith, PhD, is studying young obese children and their families to answer the question, "Can healthy behaviors be passed down?" The recipient of an ADA Clinical Research Award, Dr. Faith is working with obese children with a high risk for type 2 diabetes and their families to examine eating patterns and preferences. The study incorporates "positive parenting" techniques that will focus on healthy habits and food choices. "Parents want their children to be happy," says Dr. Faith. "We want to empower them to make healthier choices, to help parents be better role models for their children."

Additionally, the April issue of Diabetes Forecast brings you information about:

-- Walking for your health.

-- Weight loss surgery: Facts and fiction.

-- Advocacy efforts to improve diabetes care in Native American communities.

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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