The End of An Era

Wow! This is my 142nd, and last, column for Diabetes Interview.

As I mentioned in last month’s issue,Diabetes Interview is changing its name to Diabetes Health beginning next month. While I feel a bit of separation anxiety, I am enthralled with what lies ahead in the pages of Diabetes Health—a name that better identifies and embodies our broader editorial scope.

Here are just a few things you willfind in the June issue of Diabetes Health:

  • A fresh new look and feel to the magazine
  • A new monthly column in which Deb Butterfield, executive director and founder of the Insulin-Free World Foundation and author of “Showdown with Diabetes,” covers the latest advances in islet and other “cure” research
  • A new section, “Living Well with Diabetes,” in which experts offer practical and helpful advice on issues pertaining to type 1 and 2 diabetes and healthcare issues
  • An expanded and improved food section with more recipes and food product and nutrition news, as well as expert insights into traditional and lower-carb eating lifestyles
  • A technology column highlighting the latest news, perspectives and reviews of insulin pumps, meters and other diabetes software
  • “Notes From the Research Lab,” a roundup of the latest and most intriguing research concerning diabetes

And, as usual, more of the unique, informative and objective feature articles we have been bringing you for 13 years.

Going Out In Style

So, for this final issue of Diabetes Interview, we thought we would go out with a slam-dunk.

May is our annual “Heroes Issue,” and this year we focus on Mindy Mendenhall, basketball center for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Seawolves.

Mindy has type 1 diabetes, and her story is doubly inspiring because she manages to excel both at playing an aggressive sport and at managing her diabetes control regimen.

Be sure to check out her game-dayroutine on page 35.

Ann Swank, PhD, FACSM, is the director of the Exercise Physiology Lab at the University of Louisville. On page 36 (“How to Turn Your Type 2 Diabetes-and Your Life-Around in30 Days”), she discusses what she calls the 300/200 daily plan, which can lead to a weight loss of one pound per week. Check this out to see if it works for you.

On page 46, Jean Betschart-Roemer,MSN, RN, CPNP, CDE, writes the article“Diabetes and Communication: Eight Tips for Getting on the Same Page as Your Child.” Jean has been our pediatric adviser for as long as I can remember, and this is a greatresource article for anybody who is the parent of a child with diabetes.

Another helpful resource is “17 Going on 18: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Let Go?” written by Marilyn Clougherty, RN, MSN, CDE. The article, on page 42, discusses how you can help your child start to take responsibility for his or her diabetes care. My mom was lucky-I was diagnosed in my late teens, and I was already old enough to be independent in my diabetes care. Many parents, however, have children who are diagnosed at younger ages and have to be more responsible for their kid’s care. Marilyn’s article gives terrific advice on making the transition from dependence to self-care.

Looking Ahead

And now, as the parent of Diabetes Interview, I will cope with the transition to Diabetes Health. It’s been a great 142 issues.Onward and upward, as the old saying goes!

Editor in-Chief
29 Years With Diabetes

The next column you read by Scott King will be in Diabetes Health.

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