Youths' perspective on diabetes shown through photographs
Researchers asked adolescents with type 1 diabetes, ages 12 to 19, to take five photographs that would show their perspective of the disease and found that 88% took pictures of common diabetes supplies such as insulin, needles and meters, while about 50% took pictures of their bruises and more than 50% took a photograph of at least one coping mechanism such as a leisure activity. The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Spectrum, showed that adolescents from wealthier families also took photos of extracurricular activities as a coping mechanism. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.)
Study ties exercise to reduced risk of gestational diabetes
Pregnant women may reduce their risk of developing gestational diabetes by as much as 30% and are more likely to gain less weight if they engage in moderate exercise throughout their pregnancy, compared to those who are not physically active, according to a Spanish study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Researchers analyzed previous studies that involved 2,873 women. The Guardian (London)
Free Online Materials for Patient Education
The American Diabetes Association has developed a free resource for accessing our print-on-demand patient materials. Our new Patient Education Library has a variety of patient materials that can be saved and printed as needed. Topics include diabetes, prediabetes, complications, nutrition and prevention. New pieces are added as they become available, so check back regularly for new content. Search the materials.
My Health Advisor
Help your patients lower their risk for type 2 diabetes or its complications with the newly updated My Health Advisor. Now faster and more user-friendly, this online risk calculator shows patients how small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Patients also receive a personalized action plan to get them on the road to better health. Visit for more information.
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