Monday, May 6, 2013

Six Sites To Plug In or Connect To Quality Diabetes Info!

When I first sat down to write this, I started writing about the types of diabetes, medications, and lab reports. It sounded like a textbook, and I thought, “I don’t want to read this. And neither will anyone else.”

There are some great places out on the internet where you can get information about diabetes. What is diabetes? What are the types of diabetes? What are the treatment choices?

And you should not be afraid to ask your doctor or health care provider about diabetes.

You can read more about the “what and why” at:
The American Diabetes Association

You can get some excellent information at the National Diabetes Education Program.

But I think that what people really need is one another.

Having diabetes is very hard. It’s like being on a sugar roller-coaster ride. How do you handle the ups and downs? Not just the actual sugar numbers, but the emotional swings, too?

Some people have a strong family, or good friends. Some have support from their church. But sometimes, you may want to hear about other people with diabetes and how they are living day-to-day.

So, are there any good places out on the web that might be able to offer you support?

Yes. And here are a few:


 dLife:  is a comprehensive site that complements the TV show that airs on CNBC.

An Online Diabetes Community that is by and for people with diabetes. With an emphasis on “community.”

Are you on Twitter?

There is a large number of PWDs (person with diabetes) on Twitter and many come together for a weekly Twitter Chat hosted by @diabetesocmedia on Wednesdays 9pm EST. The 140 character limit does mean that you have to learn some of the short hand, but it doesn’t take too long.

While many of the Twitter PWDs have type 1 diabetes, they welcome PWDs of all stripes type 1 or type 2 (and the occasional lurking HCP [health care provider].)

If you’re not on Twitter, don’t worry. @diabetessocmedia posts the transcripts to the chat here every week.

And if you want to attend a live support group – we have a patient organized group at the Drexel Center City Campus. It’s once per month, and more information can be found on-line.

Contributing Blogger - Dr. Renee E. Amori, Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine. Interesting in making an appointment with her? Click here for information.