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Diabetic Living

Winter 2020

Diabetic Living helps people with diabetes take control now! See how to thrive—what to eat, how to lose weight, how to achieve good blood sugars, what to know about medications, how to avoid complications, and more. And yes, you still can enjoy your favorite foods! All recipes are tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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£5.57(Incl. tax)
£14.87(Incl. tax)
4 Issues


2 min.
diabetic living

Editorial Editorial Director JESSIE PRICE Executive Editor LAUREN LASTOWKA Creative Director JAMES VAN FLETEREN EDITORIAL Associate Editor MICAELA YOUNG, M.S. Contributing Editor JILL WEISENBERGER, M.S., RDN, CDE Managing Editor WENDY S. RUOPP, M.S. Copy Editor ANNE TREADWELL Editorial Assistant RACHEL STEARNS ART & PRODUCTION Photo Director MARIA EMMIGHAUSEN Production Designer JOLEE MAIN Contributing Designers SHELLEY CALDWELL, BRIDGET SANDQUIST Associate Production Director PATRICK MCGOWAN Executive Director, Premedia AMY TINCHER-DURIK Director of Quality JOSEPH KOHLER Director of Photography REESE STRICKLAND Color Quality Analyst TONY HUNT FOOD & TEST KITCHENS Des Moines Test Kitchen Director LYNN BLANCHARD Vermont Test Kitchen Manager BREANA KILLEEN, M.P.H., RD DIGITAL Director, Content Strategy, Food MICHELLE EDELBAUM Digital Content Manager ASHLEY KAPPEL Executive Editor PENELOPE WALL Senior Digital Editor, Nutrition LISA VALENTE, M.S., RD Senior Digital Editor, Meal Plans VICTORIA SEAVER, M.S., RD, CD Senior Digital Food Editor MEGAN STEINTRAGER Digital Editor, News & Lifestyle JAIME MILAN Social Editor SOPHIE JOHNSON Assistant Editor, News LAUREN WICKS Assistant Editor, Nutrition JESSICA…

2 min.
editor’s letter

There’s Nothing More Essential to Me in the Winter Than Self-care. It’s my lifeline during these long, dark months when my adventure-seeking, outdoor-loving lifestyle slows to a crawl. When I can’t bike, kayak, swim, hike, or run outside in the evenings (my usual spring-through-fall routine), I need to work harder on finding activities that keep me healthy and keep my spirits up. So I get creative with self-care. I move my workouts inside. (Even though I find them less fulfilling, they still make me feel good!) I spend more time on indoor activities I love: reading on the couch, experimenting in the kitchen, playing board games. Most important, I keep an eye on the weekend weather so I can do what energizes me most: getting active outside. The term “self-care” gets tossed around…

1 min.
treat yo’self

In It Together Is your relationship impacting your diabetes management? A recent survey of 52 PWDs and their partners found that when the couple felt a shared responsibility for day-to-day diabetes care, the partner with diabetes had greater confidence in—and better practice of—blood sugar checking, exercise, and eating healthy foods. “Partners may provide encouragement and act as a reminder to engage in healthful behaviors,” says study lead author Jennalee Wooldridge, Ph.D. “However, well-meaning partners may also nag or criticize, becoming the ‘diabetes police.’” To nourish a confidence-boosting relationship, be open about your needs and make it clear how your partner can best be involved in your self-care, suggests Wooldridge. “PARTNERS MAY PROVIDE ENCOURAGEMENT AND ACT AS A REMINDER TO ENGAGE IN HEALTHFUL BEHAVIORS.” A Safer Option for Children With Type 2 In June, the…

2 min.
ask dl

How do I pick myself up after losing someone important in my life? ANSWERED BY JOHN ZREBIEC, M.S.W., CDE There’s no “normal” time frame for grieving a loss. The emotions you’re facing are unique to you—allow yourself time to sit with those feelings and heal. As you go through this process, seek out support. Family and friends can provide priceless comfort. And staying socially active can help improve your mood, too, even if your heart isn’t in it at first. Because this change may require you to adapt, especially if your life revolved around the one you’ve lost, spend time reimagining your life’s purpose. Have patience—set small and attainable goals you can work toward each day. What’s the best way to store insulin in the fridge? ANSWERED BY EVAN SISSON, PHARM.D., CDE For safest storage,…

1 min.
colorado caps copays

In May, Colorado became the first state in the nation to cap insulin copays for those on state-regulated health insurance plans. The $100 per month cap takes effect on January 1, 2020. The American Diabetes Association and their grassroots advocates made this achievement possible by urging their elected state officials to support the bill. “To have this type of legislation signed was an incredibly powerful moment, and is a testament to our advocates’ hard work and the importance of making your voice heard,” says Christine Fallabel, director of state government affairs and advocacy for the ADA in Colorado. This is an important victory, but there is still work to be done. “We urge everyone—whether they live with diabetes or support someone who does—to get involved and raise their voice on this…

2 min.
ask toby

How often should I check my blood sugar? —Not Too Fond of Pricks Dear Not Too Fond, Monitoring blood sugar is a crucial part of diabetes management. When we check our blood sugar, we have the opportunity to “check in” with our body to find out how it is reacting to food, exercise, stress, medication, and day-to-day life. How often someone with diabetes should check their blood sugar is very individualized—there’s no “right” frequency. If you take insulin or another diabetes medication that can cause low blood sugar (like a sulfonylurea), you will likely check more often. For example, when you are taking a rapid-acting insulin (e.g., Humalog, Apidra, NovoLog), you typically check your blood sugar before meals and dose accordingly, based on your doctor’s instructions. If you’re taking a medication that does not…