By: Scott M. King
In honor of National Diabetes Month, we welcome you to Diabetes Health’s “Best-Of” issue.
For this special issue, we have opened the vaults, reviewed thousands of articles from past issues, and present our favorites to share with you again. The content is broken down into 27 categories to mirror our new and improved Web site (www.diabeteshealth.com). We are aware that you probably subscribe to several magazines and many, after reading them, make their way into the recycle bin. We suggest you keep this valuable issue as a resource, as it contains many of the articles that readers have requested as reprints over the years.
Type 1, Type 2
You may ask why we got into the diabetes business. Scott has had type 1 diabetes for 32 years. With no complications, Scott does not see diabetes as a disease, but a condition that is treatable. Nadia lost her mother and grandmother to type 2 diabetes. Her brother has type 2 as well, so she is at risk of getting diabetes. She works to prevent it by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
Our personal experience with diabetes has been the driving force to educate consumers, and support healthcare professionals who treat diabetes patients.
The Story of Diabetes Health
Many people ask us how this magazine was started and how it has evolved.
Over 16 years ago, the two of us became business partners and started a diabetes-supply store in San Francisco called Sugar Happy. We focused on education and training for our customers, and marketed our services to healthcare professionals as well. Meters were still a recent advancement. In fact, we sold most of our customers their very first meter. We showed them how to get a “hanging drop of blood,” because in those days the meters needed a huge drop of blood to work properly. We eventually ended up specializing in insulin-pump therapy.
We were also quite surprised when several of our customers shared stories about how their doctors told them that they didn’t need to test their blood sugar. They would say things like, “My doctor said I have ‘borderline’ diabetes.” This really started to concern us. In response to this, we decided to start a live radio talk show, which we called Diabetes on the Dial. LifeScan sponsored the show, and we were able to get many luminaries in the diabetes field to offer advice. People called in with very interesting questions, which our guests were able to answer on the air. Diabetes on the Dial became a bridge of information from the professional to the patient.
Then we started getting calls from our listeners who said, “I can’t listen to your show on Tuesday. Can you transcribe it for me?” This request made us decide to start our publication, which was then called Diabetes Interview.
In 1991, we started as a black-and-white newsprint tabloid. Since then, we have reduced the size and added color. Two and a half years ago, we decided to change the name to Diabetes Health magazine, as it better represents our editorial mission.
Today, Diabetes Health goes out to 150,000 consumers, and our professional edition goes out to 25,000 healthcare professionals. In addition, we have a weekly e-newsletter that goes out to 25,000 subscribers.
Type 1, 32 years (and counting)
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