Everyday Heroes Guide



In the classic Hollywood western “The Magnificent Seven,” a little boy tells one of the good guy

gunslingers who have just liberated a small Mexican pueblo from an outlaw gang that he is a hero. But the gunman quickly corrects him. He tells the boy that his father and all the other fathers in the pueblo are

the true heroes because they get up every morning without fail and go out to perform the hard, unending labor in the fields to provide for their families. The Magnificent Seven may come and go, but the fathers stay and endure.

That scene changed my concept of heroism. Could it be more than some brave, quick, spontaneous act, like a bystander rushing to pull a driver from a crashed car that may catch fire in a few more moments? Could

it also be is a quiet and unstinting effort at managing a tough situation that really shows little prospect of getting better? The answer is yes. In this issue we spotlight “everyday heroes” from the diabetes community. These are type 1 and type 2 people with diabetes who bravely take on

the day-to-day task of managing an often-frustrating disease. Their discipline and self-control reward them with a well-deserved sense of mastery—if only partial—over their condition. So, our cover story and main feature this month (page 7 to 18) profile people with diabetes from different walks of life at

different stages in the disease. diabetes from different walks of life at different stages in the disease.

Why do some people, often men, think they can comment on women who are, in the gentle euphemism, “plus sized?” I asked myself that question after a recent hiking date with an otherwise pleasant man who

felt compelled to comment on the physical capabilities of a passing group of three plus- size woman. Was this another example of “male privilege?”

I explain my take on the topic ” Is Being A Plus-Size A Woman’s Issue?”

Is there a more useful and accurate measure of blood sugar control than the A1c? In my interview with the CEO of Dexcom (Page 24),he tells me that a newer measure, the Glucose Management Indicator, may end the A1c’s status as the number one diabetes diagnostic tool.

We also list the highlight of the American Diabetes Association Scientific session in San Francisco. With its presenters and attendees who are many of the best minds in diabetes research.


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