A Food for Thought Issue

Over the years, Diabetes Health has covered a vast array of diabetes-related topics, from recipes and sex to celebrity interviews and scientific research. This issue is no exception-I think you’ll find a lot to “chew on” here, especially in the three diet-related articles.

Diabetes often causes nutritional deficiencies, and few people know that better than orthopedic surgeons. Patients with diabetes who need surgery often ask their doctors if they’ll be able to heal afterward. The answer, according to Dr. Marc S. Stevens, a leading orthopedic surgeon, is yes-if they take several key vitamin and mineral supplements as they heal. In our cover story, “Vitamin Deficiencies in People With Diabetes: The Supplements You Need”, Dr. Stevens discusses four supplements that he calls “essential” for people with diabetes who are considering surgery.

If you’re looking for help sticking to a diet, diet coach Alan Arnoff’s “The Best Ingredient to Diet Success: Diet Management!” will show you simple steps that you can take to set up a diet management systems that works for you.

And while you’re following a diet, “Ask the Diabetes Educator” answers several questions about how to enjoy all the picnics, barbecues, and cookouts that summer brings-while successfully resisting their many temptations!

Beware of Theft!

A concern that affects not only people with diabetes, but almost everyone, is the growing problem of medical identity theft. Medical identity thieves steal medical information to scam HMOs and other healthcare providers into providing expensive drugs and services. Victims of medical ID theft risk having their insurance benefits wrongly capped, and the possibility exists that erroneous and potentially harmful information may be entered into their records.

In “How to Avoid Medical Identity Theft”, writer Mari Gold takes a look at this dangerous phenomenon and offers several steps that you can take to protect yourself as a healthcare consumer.

To Share or Not to Share?

One vital piece of information that most people with diabetes know is their A1C number. Is it something that they should share, or is it a private thing? Our regular contributor Meagan Esler, who has type 1, tackles this question from her own always thoughtful point of view in “Are You Comfortable Sharing Your A1C?”

As temperatures climb and people across the country open their backyard umbrellas and spruce up their grills, here’s to a wonderful summer for us all!

Nadia Al-Samarrie
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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