Health & Fitness
Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living Spring 2019

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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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

I think it’s because as soon as I read Contributing Editor Jill Weisenberg’s piece about creating a wellness vision (p. 50), I couldn’t help but create one of my own. The idea is simple: by thinking about the future you want for yourself, you’ll be more motivated to make it happen. My vision includes plenty of travel and time outdoors, which means I’m motivated to stay strong and full of energy so I can get the most out of the activities I enjoy. But it isn’t just my own future I’ve been thinking about. It’s yours, too, and how this magazine can help each of you work toward your own healthy vision. Many stories in this issue reflect that. We’ve made dinner easier for your future self with DIY freezer meals…

2 min.

WORDS OF WISDOM “Diabetes isn’t about rules, it’s about choices.”Jane K. Dickinson,RN, Ph.D., CDE2019 DiabetesEducator of the Year Advocate for Better Diabetes Self-Management Training Coverage Wouldn’t it be nice to have more than 2 hours with your CDE or RD covered by Medicare each year? There’s legislation moving through both houses of Congress that could make that possible. If it passes, the bill (currently called “Expanding Access to DSMT”) would cover 6 hours of diabetes self-management training (DSMT) per year for PWDs. It would also allow the 10 hours that are currently covered for newly diagnosed PWDs to roll over, so that unused hours wouldn’t be lost after the first year. Plus, these hours would no longer be subject to Part B cost-sharing and deductible requirements, and providers could prescribe more time…

1 min.
keep at it!

Lose It! Set your weight-loss goal and track the foods you eat with the Lose It! app. You can take a photo of your plate and their new Snap It feature will estimate your meal’s calories. (Free for basic tracking, $40/year for macro tracking & premium features; loseit.com) Charity Miles For every mile you walk, run, or bike, the app’s corporate sponsors donate money to one of the 40-plus affiliated charities of your choice, including the ADA. (Free; charitymiles.org) GlucoseZone Created by PWDs for PWDs, this program provides trainer-led workouts tailored to your diabetes type, goals, and fitness level. ($12.99/month, insurance benefits may apply; glucosezone.com)…

1 min.
to change habits, think beyond yourself

You likely know that sitting less and moving more are good for your health. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to hear ideas about how to be more active. If constant reminders to move more leave you feeling less motivated, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may have a solution. In their study, focusing on others’ well-being helped people be more receptive toward changing their own physical-activity habits. They looked at two ways to get into this mindset: reflecting on personal values and wishing others well. Study participants who did either of these were more receptive to change and logged more movement in the month that followed than those who didn’t. Shifting your mindset may help you realize that your self-worth isn’t tied to a particular behavior, making habit shifts easier…

2 min.
ask dl

Is Exercise Really Safe If I’m at Risk for Heart Disease? ANSWERED BY ROBERT POWELL, PH.D., CDE, CEP, CSCS Yes, really! Stories of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise are shocking, but these events are very rare. In fact, it’s riskier not to exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to greatly lower PWDs’ risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and of having an exerciserelated heart attack. Plus, it can help slow the progression of CVD complications in those who are diagnosed. If you’re free of symptoms suggestive of a heart issue during exercise (chest pain, increased fatigue, excessive shortness of breath) and you’ve been cleared by your doctor at your annual visit, then it’s safe to lace up for low-to moderate-intensity activities like walking, biking, dancing, gardening, or doubles tennis. While the…

2 min.
stand up for affordable insulin

Between 2002 and 2013, the average list price of insulin nearly tripled, affecting almost 7.5 million PWDs on insulin therapy—especially those without insurance or on high-deductible plans. Yet a complicated pricing system—which involves drug companies, insurance companies, pharmacies, and intermediaries—makes it nearly impossible to pinpoint the causes of this steep price increase or to fully understand who is benefiting from it the most. The American Diabetes Association is circulating a petition that calls for increased transparency and affordability in the insulin supply chain, and that urges Congress to take action. Whether you are on insulin therapy or not, your signature is a reminder that there are over 30 million people living with diabetes in this country who deserve access to affordable care. To sign, visit makeinsulinaffordable.org. Fair Opportunities for Truck Drivers As of…