Type 2 Diabetes
The 17 Best Diabetes Health Blogs of 2013
17 Best Diabetes Blogs of 2013
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to process sugars properly. This is either because the body can’t make enough insulin or is unable to use its own insulin effectively. This can lead to many health challenges.
Some people with diabetes have created blogs to share their experiences and expertise, in hopes of helping others manage their own diabetes. Click through the slideshow to see the 17 Best Diabetes Health Blogs of 2013.
Diabetes Mine has been dubbed “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement” about diabetes. It offers a unique mix of news, views, reviews, and interviews. Founder and Editor Amy Tenderich considers any type of quality content that’s useful to people with diabetes. This includes guest posts, videos, Q&A, and even cartoons.
Diabetes Mine provides a strong voice of patient and consumer advocacy, and offers readers a few laughs along the way.
Diabetes Self-Management gives you the facts and information you need to control your diabetes and improve your health. The site publishes authoritative and reliable health content for those with diabetes who want to learn self-management techniques.
The blog features posts written by both healthcare professionals and patients with a thorough roundup of tips, expert insights, and strategies for self-care with diabetes.
Loral Diabetes is a lighter take on diabetes, based on the personal experiences of Aussie Alan.
Alan succeeds in inspiring and encouraging readers to take a thoughtful approach to their condition while not taking themselves too seriously.
Follow him as he learns how to manage his type 2 diabetes.
Texting My Pancreas
Living with diabetes over time comes with a special set of physical and emotional challenges. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was only six years old, Kim Vlasnik began sharing her experiences on her blog Texting My Pancreas in 2010.
Vlasnik prefers levity to taking oneself too seriously, and her perspective provides a welcome addition to the diabetes blogosphere.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1980, Scott K. Johnson created his blog Scott's Diabetes to cope with and share his struggle. Johnson first began writing as a way to journal and keep records for his family. However, his blogging evolved into a way to connect with and help others with the condition.
Scott’s Diabetes provides an honest and open account of his struggles, successes, and everything that happens in between.
Diabetes Stops Here
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) created the blog Diabetes Stops Here about diabetes and those inspired to stop it.
Since launching its “Stop Diabetes” program, the ADA has shared a large number of stories from diabetes patients. These stories of love and courage provide examples of how people around the country are coming together to try to stop diabetes in its tracks.
Diabetes Stops Here shares these stories and gives a behind-the-scenes look at what the ADA does each day to fulfill its mission to prevent and cure diabetes.
A Sweet Life
Jessica Apple and her husband Mike decided to take charge of their health rather than letting the condition drag them down when they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A Sweet Life was the result of their efforts to reach out to others in the diabetic community.
This blog offers a wide variety of features: tips, news, and recipes from a diverse group of bloggers. They believe that although the disease can be frightening, life with diabetes can be normal—and even sweet.
Diabetes Hands Foundation
A goal of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) is to try to ensure that no one touched by diabetes ever feels alone. DHF provides a blog where those with diabetes and their loved ones can connect over the experience of living with diabetes.
Complete with tweets and poetry, this trailblazing site combines community, empathy, and creativity to energize the millions of people with this chronic condition.
Diabetes Social Media Advocacy
Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) is a free social media platform that allows tweet-length posts about life with diabetes and everything related to it.
You can join this active community to share your personal experiences whether or not you have diabetes or blogging experience. This empowering, forward-thinking site is on the cutting edge of using social media to promote diabetes awareness and support.
Karen Graffeo is a knitter and a type 1 diabetic. She’s also the blogger behind Bitter-Sweet Diabetes, where she promotes the message that “life with diabetes isn’t all bad.”
Graffeo immersed herself in the diabetes online community in 2008—the same year she began pumping insulin. She’s been sharing her personal thoughts and experiences ever since.
Dive into her addictive posts peppered with personal photos, and you’ll understand why she’s a favorite.
A program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, TuDiabetes is a community of people touched by diabetes. The site was founded by Manny Hernandez, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. Hernandez created TuDiabetes to use social networking in service of a higher cause—connecting people with diabetes.
Today, TuDiabetes has mushroomed to include hundreds of members. They help each other out by educating themselves and sharing tips for staying healthy while living with diabetes. Members write blog posts, chat in discussion forums, and share photos and videos that they find useful and informative.
If you’re looking for laughs, validation, and compulsively readable posts, click on Diabetesaliciousness. Kelly Kunik is the comedian behind the site, who has the worthy goals of “spreading diabetes validation through humor, ownership, and advocacy.” In the process, she busts diabetes myths and perpetuates the realities of the condition.
In addition to making you chuckle, Kunik can teach you a thing or two. As someone with diabetes for over three decades, she’s a frequent media speaker, writer about living with diabetes, and is devoted to patient empowerment.
D-Mom Blog is a website about parenting kids who have type 1 diabetes. “D-Mom” refers to any mother of a child with diabetes. The site was created by D-Mom Leighann Calentine, who is also author of the book Kids First, Diabetes Second.
D-Moms will find extensive resources on the blog, from snack foods listed by carb count, to links to the nutritional information of various restaurants, and recipes tailored to young diabetics. Any parent can find hope and help from D-Mom Blog.
Diabetes Daily offers one of the largest communities of devoted diabetes followers on the Web. Nearly 100,000 members strong, this is the place to go for online interaction with other diabetics.
Much more than a blog, Diabetes Daily provides opportunities to join groups, chat live, and participate in forums. You’ll also find meal plans, recipes, cookbooks, and life insurance for people with diabetes.
Six Until Me
According to Kerri Morrone Sparling, diabetes doesn’t define her, but it does help explain her. This type 1 diabetic mom started her blog Six Until Me in 2005 because she was tired of trying to find information about diabetes online and coming up with only negative results.
One of the first diabetes bloggers to emerge in cyberspace, Sparling quickly learned about the power of sharing stories online with others living with the condition. She continues to keep readers engaged and interested.
How can you live successfully with diabetes and inspire diabetics to create their best life because of their condition, not despite it? Type 1 diabetic Riva Greenberg knows how, and she blogs about it on Diabetes Stories.
Greenberg’s unique and inspiring perspective is that you can use diabetes as a catalyst to design a healthier and more meaningful life. Her posts reflect insights gained by interviewing more than 150 other people with diabetes, their loved ones, and experts in the field.
Flashy, fun, and fact-filled, dLife is all about diabetes—in real life. The site was established in 2004 to help people with diabetes find practical solutions to the round-the-clock challenge of managing diabetes.
DLife has become one of the premiere platforms to inform, inspire, and connect millions of diabetes patients and their caregivers.
Better Living With Diabetes
Diabetes can cause many daily challenges, as well as serious long-term health complications. You can help improve your experience of living with diabetes by becoming informed. The 19 Best Diabetes Health Blogs of 2013 provide you and your loved ones with multiple sources for education, inspiration, and strategic advice.
Visit these blogs and tap into the resources available online for the diabetes community.