About the Artist

Jasmine Criqui is a student at Georgetown University, where she studies government and hopes to pursue a career in law. She is the senior design editor for The Hoya, Georgetown University’s student newspaper. Jasmine likes to experiment with new artistic techniques, with a special emphasis on color. Her artwork can be found in each edition of The Hoya. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and creative writing. She can be reached for inquiries or commissions at jasminecriqui@gmail.com.

On the Cover: “Citrus”

Grapefruit is a low-glycemic-index fruit that is high in fiber and vitamin C and is a significant source of flavonoids, which have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Grapefruit, however, is known to interfere with the metabolization of some medications. As a motif in art, grapefruit is thought to be symbolic of vitality as well as fragility. The following is a description of the artwork on the cover of this issue of Diabetes Care, titled “Citrus,” as written by the artist, Jasmine Criqui:

My great grandfather Paul struggled with diabetes for a long time, and toward the end of his life he had to have both his legs amputated. He died before I was born, but there are a couple famous family stories about him that have been passed down to me. One of my favorites is that when my grandpa John moved to the Northeast from Texas, Paul would send him grapefruits because he worried John wasn’t getting enough vitamin C up north. This piece is a tribute to Paul and the delightful stories that outlive him.

This cover of Diabetes Care is not intended to highlight anything in particular about citrus or grapefruit per se but serves as a reminder to celebrate life and the stories of people with diabetes. Life is as valuable as it is vulnerable. It is our stories that immortalize us.

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