A Rock Star's Challenge

Bret Michaels Talks about Living with Diabetes in the August Issue of

Diabetes Forecast

Jul 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Diabetes Association

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At 44 years old,
 rocker Bret Michaels, frontman for the group Poison, is more determined
 than ever to live his own life. His new reality TV show, "Rock of Love,"
 debuted July 15 on VH1. And in the August issue of the American Diabetes
 Association's (ADA) Diabetes Forecast magazine, Bret speaks openly about
 his personal challenges with having diabetes and taking responsibility for
 managing his disease.
     Bret was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old. With
 more than 38 years of insulin shots and glucose checks, he is careful about
 tracking his diabetes and keeping it in control. "It would be nice to say
 that every one of my blood sugars is 108, but that would be my greatest
 lie," said Bret. Working through the bad moments is what Bret says is the
 key to staying healthy.
     Watching what he eats is also a challenge for Bret. With two daughters
 who enjoy pizza, pasta, and salsa and chips, plus his own love of peanut
 butter, Bret continually has to keep in mind how these foods will affect
 his diabetes and how to choose healthier alternatives. "You're occasionally
 allowed to throw a tantrum, but you have to keep your humor about it," said
 Bret. "Humor is essential to winning diabetes."
     This year is extremely busy for Bret. In addition to the VH1 reality
 series, in which 25 single women will compete for his heart, he is
 embarking on a U.S. tour with his band, Poison. So keeping his diabetes in
 control will be more important than ever -- as is evident on "Rock of
 Love." As Bret tells Diabetes Forecast, "You can't have a TV show with me
 in it and not have diabetes be a part of it, because diabetes is a part of
     Also in this month's issue of Diabetes Forecast, the magazine's
 Diabetes Advocate section highlights ADA's collaboration with AARP, the
 Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,
 and the American Heart Association to fight for quality and affordable
 health coverage for all Americans.
     This collaboration seeks to bring attention to the challenges that
 chronic diseases like diabetes can have on individuals and their families.
 One example in this month's magazine shares the story of Shannon McElveen,
 whose husband, mother, father-in-law, and cousin have type 2 diabetes --
 and most recently her daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with type 1
 diabetes. Shannon's family's health insurance costs exceed $200 each week.
 And, after losing her job last year, Shannon often faces the difficult
 struggle of trying to figure out how to pay the health care costs or buy
 groceries for her family. This is the reason why all five organizations
 have joined together to create and reinforce a presidential campaign agenda
 about quality and affordable health care coverage.
     The August issue of Diabetes Forecast also features:
     -- A Trimmer You-Meal replacements: safe and effective?
     -- Diabetes Basics-Eating disorders and diabetes: a dangerous combo
     -- Research Profile: Weight-loss surgery is good for people with diabetes,
        but why?
     Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for over
 55 years. Each full-color issue provides the latest information on diabetes
 research and treatment, as well as practical tips on day-to-day coping with
 diabetes. The magazine is published monthly by the American Diabetes
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary
 health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.
 The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve
 the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the
 Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the
 country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association
 at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342- 2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org.
 Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

SOURCE American Diabetes Association