Always A Work in Progress

By: Scott M. King

On the front cover of this issue, you may have noticed something different—our new masthead. To reflect our ever-evolving growth and our goal of helping those with diabetes stay healthy, our new design places equal emphasis on both diabetes and health. It also gives us a more unified and identifiable image that ties together all of our publications.

Along with the new look, we’ve changed our descriptor line: Investigate. Inform. Inspire. These three words not only describe what we do, they also reflect what we believe.

We hope you like the new look of our magazine. We look forward to sharing the many changes and opportunities we have in store for the future.

Diabetes Health Goes Digital

We are very excited about the launch of our new digital version of Diabetes Health. This free version of the magazine can be found on our Web site at

The digital edition is just like the hard copy, and the pages turn in a similar fashion. The only difference is that it’s all there on our Web site. As an added benefit, there are hot links that lead you to more information about the articles, products and advertisers. For a limited time, you can send a link to your friends, and they will be able to read the online edition for free.

Be sure to check it out!

Scott King
Type 1, 32 years (and counting)

Please send me your comments and suggestions via e-mail through our Web site.

Four Things To Look For in This Issue

1. Diabetic Encounters of the First Kind

Jonathan R. Thorn takes a humorous look at the silly questions and observations we are bombarded with as diabetics.

2. Fifteen Questions and Answers About Oral Medications

Robert Tanenberg, MD, FACP, a member of our advisory board, always has valuable insights and information to share with us. This month, he answers common questions about type 2 medications.

3. Artificial Pancreas Still Years Way

We’ve been hearing (for years) that it’s several years away, and after a May diabetes conference, the message hasn’t changed. However, two-thirds of the artificial pancreas components (the pump and continuous sensor) are here today and working well.

2. Young Canadian Is Reaping the Benefits of New Technology

Chris Jarvis is one person who swears by the combined pump/continuous sensor. Don’t miss the story, and let us know what you think.

Two Moms Make a Right

I loved the article by Lenore Skenazy that was published in the June 11, 2006, issue of The New York Daily News (“Two Moms Take On the Luddite-in-Chief”).

Skenazy says that if we ever find a cure for juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s or Alzheimers, perhaps we should thank Susan Solomon and Mary Elizabeth Bunzel—two mothers of sons who have type 1 diabetes.

These women, frustrated at the lack of funding for stem cell research, managed to round up “a dream team of top-notch scientists” and in May 2006 opened the country’s first independent, nonprofit stem cell research lab. Called the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the lab, which was started with less than $10 million in private funds, is in an “undisclosed location” and will serve as a “safe-haven for scientists.”

First Denise Faustman, and now this! While we admire the do-it-yourself ethic of Faustman, the Lee Iacocca Foundation and Solomon and Bunzel, would it really hurt the government to give just a little money to scientists who might have a real idea of how to cure type 1?



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