Stay Positive This Holiday Season!

I recently spoke at the Diabetes Camping Association’s annual meeting for healthcare professionals and camp directors. This group serves a network of more than 150 organizations providing summer vacation camp for children, and adults, with diabetes.

I shared with them a copy of an August 30, 2004, Time magazine article that discussed the keys to living to be 100. They had interviewed many centenarians and looked at the commonalities.

They found that these activities seemed to be related to longevity:

1. Eating sensibly.

2. Walking and exercising regularly.

3. Knitting, playing music, singing or doing other activities that you enjoy.

4. Seeing friends regularly and continuing to make new friends to replace those you may lose.

5. Staying involved in invigorating projects.

George King, MD, is the director of research at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. He has studied long-lived people who have diabetes, and he, too, has found that the people most likely to live a long life are the ones who stay active, engaged and maintain a positive attitude. Something for all of us to keep in mind.

Nick Boynton—A Guy With a Great Attitude

Nick Boynton, this month’s cover subject, has a good attitude about most everything.

Boynton is an all-star defenseman for the NHL’s Boston Bruins—and he also has type 1. Being a professional athlete with diabetes doesn’t seem to bring Boynton down. He has learned how to maintain control while on the road and on the ice, and he knows which foods work best with his dietary, exercise, travel and insulin regimens. He works diligently at keeping his blood glucose in balance for all situations and recently began using an insulin pump. Boynton also makes time to volunteer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, where he enjoys working with kids.

Learn more about Nick Boynton in our story, “NHL’s Boynton Scores on Diabetes Control”.

Are You a Parent With Diabetes?

It’s impossible to be a “perfect” parent—but we all try hard to do our very best. Which is even harder when you are suffering a low and have the “grumpies.”

We know that staying healthy with diabetes requires work and discipline. Being a parent can be even more challenging than having diabetes.

Are you like me and the millions of other diabetics who are also parents? Check out Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer’s article, “Five Steps to Better Parenting for People With Diabetes”. You’ll find some helpful suggestions.

Diabetes Health Helps You Make It to the New Year

The holiday season is the one time when many of us put good control on vacation. And who can blame us, what with so many parties and celebrations, and all the chocolates, fruitcakes, latkes and other treats that tempt us wherever we go?

This month, our columnists offer some suggestions to help you get through the holidays in good shape.

For starters, see the tips from Anne Blocker, RD/LD, CDE, on healthful and hassle-free holiday eating.

Ann Swank, PhD, FACSM, offers four exercise strategies for keeping the weight off during the holiday season.

And Barbara Bradley, MS, RN, CDE, tells you how to have a happy holiday with your insulin pump.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a healthy, peaceful New Year!

Scott King
Type 1, 30 years (and counting)

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I constantly push myself to make exercise a regular part of my life, because I always feel better after I work out, and I know how important it is to my overall health. But I don’t always meet my exercise goals. My new plan is to hit the gym twice a week for a cardio workout and weight training. The new gym membership is added motivation for me to meet my weekly goals.

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