SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

January 30, 2014 11:32 ET

For the Win! Two Olympic Athletes With Diabetes Share Their Amazing Feats in Diabetes Forecast

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2014) - With the 2014 Winter Games right around the corner, Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine from the American Diabetes Association, profiles two top-notch athletes who are living proof that people with diabetes can compete in the Olympics.

In Let the Games Begin, world-class skier Kris Freeman describes how his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 19 affected his rise to the top. On the verge of realizing a lifelong dream, the young Freeman was suddenly saddled with an unfamiliar body and forced to learn blood glucose management -- at 7,000 feet, no less. But thanks to his methodical approach to self-care and rigorous training, Freeman has emerged at the top of his game. Recently chosen for the U.S. cross-country ski team, he will soon head to Sochi, Russia, for his fourth Olympic games. Freeman is also passionate about helping children and serves as an ambassador to diabetes camps around the country on behalf of insulin maker Eli Lilly.

And in A Step Ahead, Billy Mills shares what he has been up to since he took home the Olympic gold for the 10,000-meter race in the 1964 Summer Games, about one year after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now 75 years old, Mills is a champion for diabetes control and prevention. A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, he even cofounded a nonprofit organization, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, which helps to combat diabetes among young Native Americans. As he travels the country and the world, Mills' inspiring message is one of athletics, healthy eating and celebrating cultural heritage.

Also in the February 2014 issue and on the all-new DiabetesForecast.org:

  • Are all carbohydrates created equal? The basics of the glycemic index.
  • Setting yourself up for exercise success.
  • 8 tips to protect your body and mind from too little sleep.
  • Valentine's Day recipes with color and spice.
  • Top tests for heart health.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration and support to people with diabetes. With a fresh new look, its new website is a one-stop visit for people living with diabetes, their families and caregivers.

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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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