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Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living

Spring 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.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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4 Issues

In this issue

3 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 Senior Production Manager ADAM PEUSE 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 Senior Digital Editor, Food MEGAN STEINTRAGER Digital Editor, News & Lifestyle JAIME MILAN Social Editor SOPHIE JOHNSON Assistant Editor, News LAUREN WICKS Assistant Editor,…

2 min.
editor’s letter

A Few Times a Year, I Try to Sit Down and Reflect on What Matters Most to Me. It’s an exercise that brings me clarity—it helps me pinpoint what is truly important to me and, on the flip side, what I actually don’t care all that much about. (Sleep, it turns out, is extremely high on my list. Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook is close to the bottom.) The exercise has changed how I spend my time, my money, and my energy. And it’s helped me realize how much I value my health. In this issue, we’ve worked hard to bring you stories that can help you connect with what matters most to you. On page 36, we look at how connecting your values to your finances can help you reshape how you…

3 min.
help on the shelf

Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore By William H. Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE “This book was the first title on diabetes burnout and it’s still the most relevant. This is a very real challenge everyone with diabetes experiences at one point or another. Personally, I’ve been there at least a couple of times, and Polonsky paints it with such crisp strokes that it’s almost as if he himself had diabetes!” —Manny Hernandez, PWD type 1, DL advisor, and head of community at Livongo Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies By Toby Smithson, M.S., RDN, CDE “Food is one of the hardest parts of diabetes management. But a bit of planning goes a long way. This book breaks down eating for diabetes and long-term health in a way that’s great for…

2 min.
dear toby

Who do I tell that I have diabetes? —Feeling Conflicted Dear Conflicted, Thanks for asking this question, because it can be tricky. Our medical health is a private issue, but there may be times when we need assistance at the most basic level—safety. Extreme low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) or high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) can be very dangerous, even life-threatening. It’s reassuring when friends and family, and even casual acquaintances, have the know-how to help us recognize and treat lows and highs. Having extra support in our day-to-day diabetes management is special too. Friends and family who are willing to adapt to a regular eating schedule, join us for physical activity, let us pick where to eat, and accept our occasional moodiness can help keep life “normal.” Social connectedness is important, and…

2 min.
ask dl

Are Statins Safe? ANSWERED BY MARTY IRONS, RPH, CDE Compared to living with high cholesterol? Yes. Some scientists believe that statins increase the chances of developing diabetes in those who are already at risk. But this risk is balanced by the benefit: 30 years of research and use show statins to be effective in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol for most people with diabetes. Chronically high LDL cholesterol can lead to plaque buildup in blood vessels, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. That said, statins may have side effects. Tell your doctor if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. You and your doctor may decide to stop your statin long enough for you to recover, lower your dose, or try a different statin. Can People With Diabetes Eat Butter? ANSWERED BY…

3 min.
green up your space

KNOW THE SIGNS OF A HEALTHY PLANT A few visual cues can help you select a healthy plant at the store and know you’re treating it right after you bring it home. Look for leaves that are fleshy and green (as opposed to limp and yellow, or dry and brittle) and make sure there are no signs of mold, mildew, or insects—check the soil and the undersides of leaves too. FIT IT IN THE RIGHT-SIZE POT If you’re bringing a new plant home or have a thriving plant that’s outgrown its current pot, you’ll need to transplant it to help it grow. Look for a pot one size larger than the plant’s current pot, with drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to flow away from the roots and…