Month: November 2016

Laughing Out Loud with Yvette Nicole Brown

Comedic actress Yvette Nicole Brown is the face (and mouth!) behind this year’s “Laugh Out Loud” campaign with Colgate Total®. We caught up with her to learn why she is so passionate to spread the word about the importance of oral health for people with diabetes. What is the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign? People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease. To raise awareness of the potential link between oral health and diabetes, I’m partnering with Colgate Total and the American Diabetes Association® for the “Laugh Out Loud” campaign. In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month in October and American Diabetes Month® in November, we want to remind people that sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. We’ll be bringing LOL-worthy moments to Americans living with diabetes, all while building awareness of the importance of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums behinds our smiles.  Why did you get involved in this campaign? As a comedic actress living with diabetes, I understand that managing the disease isn’t always easy. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013, one way I worked through the challenges and lifestyle changes was with humor. This is why I’m excited to give the diabetes community a reason to come together, laugh and learn how to better manage our oral health and diabetes.  What is your favorite LOL-worthy moment...

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Your Rights, One Voice: Brody’s Story

Picture this: You have two sons, both in the same school district, and both excited to attend a school-sponsored summer camp with their friends. Your youngest son, a 6-year-old, will attend for the first time. But along with the normal anxiety that accompanies a child going to camp, another looms large: This son lives with type 1 diabetes and may require extra care during the day. Then, after applying to the camp, only one son is accepted—your youngest is denied because of his diabetes. What would you do? Angela Smith and Patrick Adam of Los Alamitos, California, faced this...

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25 Legends: Laura Nolan

This year marks the 25th anniversary of two American Diabetes Association® signature fundraising events—Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes® and Tour de Cure®. Every dollar raised at these events supports people living with diabetes and funds our life-changing research and programs. The “25 Legends” blog series highlights personal stories from some of the Association’s most dedicated walkers and riders who are affected by the disease. Summer 1973: I had just finished the eighth grade. I was a little nervous but very excited at the prospect of starting high school and a new chapter in my life.  But little did...

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#IDriveMyHealth: Lisa’s Story

Nearly three in four NASCAR® fans are impacted by diabetes, which affects approximately 30 million people nationwide. The Drive to Stop DiabetesSM campaign, presented by Lilly Diabetes in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association®, strives to empower Americans with diabetes to live well. The face of the campaign, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed, has type 1 diabetes and is an inspiration for all people with the disease. As we have all realized at one point or another, life is full of surprises. Type 1 diabetes was definitely not one of the better surprises I received. Despite being born...

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Live. Work. Play: Eric’s Diabetes Story

Working for the American Diabetes Association® means making a difference for millions of people and working toward a future free of diabetes and all its burdens. We all have a story to share. Some of us live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or prediabetes. Others have loved ones with the disease or have lost someone to the fight. The following are personal stories from the Association’s staff about why we are so committed to the mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Eric Cortes Senior Manager,...

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