SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

August 29, 2014 10:10 ET

Dancing, Dedication and Diabetes

September Issue of Diabetes Forecast Magazine Profiles Modern Dancer James Samson

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Aug 29, 2014) -  James Samson's professional dancing career was just getting started when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 27. He could have lost it all -- but he never gave up on his dreams. The September 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast®, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association, shares how this cutting-edge performer manages diabetes on and off the stage.

While Samson didn't stress over his diabetes diagnosis, he did take it seriously. "I realized it was something that was going to probably change my life," he says in Company Man. "I realized that [by] dancing with diabetes I could put my career in jeopardy." That burgeoning career happened to be with the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company. With his talent and dedication, Samson is still a part of the company, 12 years later.

Now 39, Samson continues to push his body to its limit while managing type 1 diabetes. It has taken some trial and error to learn how to start each show with his blood glucose in range, handle lows onstage and even conceal a continuous glucose monitor while in costume. His story is yet another example of how people with diabetes can live life to the fullest, no matter where their passions take them.

Also in the September 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast:

  • The debate over statins for people with diabetes.
  • An inside look at insulin pump technology.
  • Are there enough diabetes specialists to care for the growing number of people with diabetes?
  • Just in time for cooler weather, 12 tips for relieving dry hands.
  • Dinnertime recipes with Latin American flavors.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 65 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration and support to people with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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