Self-care is a big part of managing your diabetes. Effective self-care management includes healthy diet, exercise, adherence to medication, glucose level monitoring, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. Your health care providers can provide guidance and help problem-solve many of your concerns. They may suggest other health care providers who can help. You also can get good input from diabetic support groups online or in your community. Group members can provide information on what works for them in dealing with their diabetes.
You also will find information and inspiration in diabetes blogs and websites that provide a wealth of content. They cover everything from self-management to food and nutrition. Here are 5 blogs and sites recommended – among others - by leading health and medical resources on the Web, including Healthline, Medical News Today and eMediHealth.
Diabetes Self-Management: Established in 1983, Diabetes Self-Management is a publisher of authoritative, reliable health information for the growing number of people with diabetes who want to know more about managing their diabetes. They publish a quarterly magazine; biweekly, weekly, and daily newsletters; and a website. https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/
Diabetes Dad: Tom Karlya was motivated to advocate for diabetes awareness and research when his 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Tom has two kids with diabetes. He is the Vice President of the Diabetes Research Institute. Tom started the Diabetes Dad blog to help educate and inspire all those who are parents or who live with diabetes.. The blog has won several awards and is well reputed in the diabetes community. http://diabetesdad.org/
Diabetes Strong: The goal of Diabetes Strong is to provide a platform where people living with (any type) of diabetes can find all the information they need to live healthy and active lives. Diabetes Strong was established in 2015 as a personal blog about Christel Oerum’s experiences as a fitness enthusiast living with type one diabetes. She decided to create a website where she could share her own advice and invite experts from the diabetes community to contribute. Diabetes Strong quickly grew into one of the largest websites about health and diabetes and was re-launched in 2017 as a diabetes portal with expert contributors from all over the world. https://diabetesstrong.com/about-us/
Diabetic Foodie: Diabetic Foodie was founded by Shelby Kinnaird in 2010. Shelby has lived with type 2 diabetes since 1999 and wanted to create a platform to share her love for great tasting food. Diabetic Foodie is now part of the Diabetes Strong family. The site offers great recipes for people living with any type of diabetes. https://www.diabeticfoodie.com/
Diabetes Forecast: Diabetes Forecast is the website for the American Diabetes Association’s healthy living magazine. The site offers posts on nutrition, including recipes; exercise and fitness; weight loss; medication and treatments; devices and technology; and other information on healthy living. https://diabetes.org/healthy-living
In addition to these blogs and sites, there are many others that provide helpful information and resources for those living with diabetes or who have loved ones who do. Do your research to find others that provide the ongoing information you seek to manage your diabetes.
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