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Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. Young and old, from all walks of life — for people living with the disease, diabetes is always at the forefront of their minds.
Despite its prevalence — it affects about 9.3 percent of the U.S. population — there is still confusion and frustration surrounding the disease. People affected by both type 1 and type 2 diabetes often reach out online to find supportive networks and information. Here are some of the best diabetes resources available in 2016.
Karen Graffeo has type 1 diabetes, and while she writes about some of the difficulties of living with the disease on her blog, she’s the first to say it “isn’t all bad.” She shares cooking adventures, her thoughts on new diabetes research, job hunting stories, and product reviews. Because she’s active in the online blogging community, the comments sections of her posts are often filled with dynamic conversations.
Connect on Twitter: @KarenBittrSweet
Blogabetes is a part of dLife, a portal that empowers the diabetes community by being a source for information, support, and shared experience. The blog is updated nearly daily, with input from a variety of people who want to share what it’s like living with the disease. Some talk about how diabetes has affected their careers, and others discuss the unique challenges of parenting when you or your child has diabetes. No matter what the post is about, what you’ll find here is authenticity and a true sense of community.
College Diabetes Network’s Blog
Any serious life change can be difficult when you’re managing diabetes. But growing into adulthood might be the most challenging transition. For young adults headed off to college, having diabetes can range from being a thorn in your side to a serious struggle. The College Diabetes Network is designed to give college students support during this major life change. Their blog is written by other college students with diabetes, with advice on how to manage your workload, plan for studying abroad, and, yes, party — when you’re managing a chronic condition.
Connect on Twitter: @CollegeDiabetes
People with diabetes write most of our suggested blogs, but D-Mom has a unique perspective — it’s written by a mother raising a child with type 1 diabetes. Leighann’s daughter was diagnosed at the age of 3. Having to adjust her life to ensure the health of her child has inspired Leighann to share her experiences with other parents. Many of her posts are product and food reviews, but you can also read tips for how to parent someone diagnosed with diabetes, and find kid-friendly diabetic recipes.
Connect on Twitter: @DMomBlog
Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation
Community isn’t just a word in this foundation’s title, it’s their goal — to create an online community of diabetes patients and professionals, so that they can lend support and share experiences and information with one another. The Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation’s blog features podcasts and interviews with game changers in the diabetes world. Because so many of their posts are in audio format, you can easily listen as you go about your work online, or during your commute.
Connect on Twitter: @DiabetesCAF
Tom Karlya is the Diabetes Dad. Two of his children have type 1 diabetes, and while many of his blog posts are about what it’s like raising kids with the condition, his impact has spread beyond his home. His goal is lofty: to help find a cure for the disease. He does this by raising awareness about organizations that are making a difference, needed policy changes, and upcoming events.
Handling diabetes doesn’t begin and end with insulin injections. It also includes how to plan your meals, prepare for a night on the town, and be safe when you spend a day hiking in nature. Diabetes impacts all facets of your life, and Diabetes Daily seems to include posts that cover virtually all of the ways in which it does. We like that you can separate posts into those specific to type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or read them altogether.
Connect on Twitter: @diabetesdaily
Diabetes Hands Foundation’s Blog
The Diabetes Hands Foundation aspires to help people who have diabetes connect with a wider community and avoid or overcome the sometimes isolating effects of the disease. On their blog, you can read about the organization and its people, as well as information about fundraising efforts, interviews and podcasts, and more.
Connect on Twitter: @diabeteshf
Diabetes Mine was created by and for diabetes patients, and offers everything from opinion pieces and community outlook on the latest diabetes news, to open letters to insurance companies and their shortcomings when it comes to diabetes care. Also on hand are product review videos, roundups from the rest of the blogosphere, advice columns, and so much more.
Connect on Twitter: @diabetesmine
Diabetes Self-Management has been around since 1983, first as a magazine and now as a website and blog. Their blog posts provide reputable information on how to live healthfully with diabetes, and is written by healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. You’ll find tips, research developments, and even diabetes-friendly recipes.
Connect on Twitter: @ManageDiabetes
Diabetes Stops Here
The American Diabetes Association started Diabetes Stops Here as a spin-off of their Stop Diabetes movement. The blog is a place to find inspiration and hope. You’ll read stories of people living with diabetes, the volunteers supporting them, and the advocates working to raise awareness and improve the quantity and quality of diabetes-related research. We particularly like the Living with Diabetes series — posts which profile real people who are successfully living with the disease.
Connect on Twitter: @AmDiabetesAssn
It’s not only possible to live a good life with a diabetes diagnosis, it’s possible to flourish! That’s the message from Riva Greenberg, the writer and advocate behind Diabetes Stories. Living with diabetes since age 18, she works to help others craft their own “flourishing stories.” Here, she also shares information she’s learned at conferences, videos, and her own experiences learning how to cope with common diabetes struggles — like occasions when she’s forgotten whether she’s taken her insulin or not.
Connect on Twitter: @diabetesmyths
This might be the most difficult blog name to pronounce on our list, but don’t let that keep you away! Kelly Kunik has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years, and she’s not the only one with a diagnosis; she comes from a family with a history of diabetes, and has a unique perspective. Whether she’s calling out hurtful or insensitive comments, comparing glucose tablets, or just reflecting on her day, Kelly’s blog is always passionate and engaging.
Connect on Twitter: @diabetesalish
Women with diabetes face unique issues, and when the founder of DiabetesSisters was first diagnosed, her search for resources to find help for those issues was coming up empty. Brandy Barnes began the blog in 2008 to help women with diabetes find the information and support they need to navigate a healthy life with diabetes, including during important life stages like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. The site is also a great resource for finding local support groups, and there is an active forum where you can engage with others.
Connect on Twitter: @diabetessisters
Diabetic Shoes and Diabetes Information
Diabetes complications can require adaptive equipment — like specialty shoes — hence the title of this blog! But this isn’t just about footwear. Up since 2008, it covers a huge variety of diabetes-related topics. There are videos with dietary advice, diabetes-focused exercise videos, links to news stories, and even special offers like sales on diabetic shoes and accessories.
If you want to stay on top of diabetes news, Insulin Nation is a great resource. Here you’ll find the latest on diabetes research and treatment. The content is mostly specific to type 1 diabetes, but anyone with diabetes will find value in the steady stream of information, memes, and tips on everything from parenting, to exercise, to menopause.
Comment on Twitter: @InsulinNation
Our Diabetic Life
Meri has four sons, and three of them have grown up with type 1 diabetes. On her blog, she talks about the family’s struggles and as well as their victories. One of many things we like about Our Diabetic Life is the transparency with which Meri blogs. She’s not afraid to admit that things haven’t always been easy — especially now that her kids are getting older and she has to trust them to take care of themselves — and it’s this honesty, combined with her positive outlook and advocate-for-all attitude, which make this blog a must.
Connect on Twitter: @our3Dlife
Scott Johnson has type 1 diabetes, and Scott’s Diabetes is where he reflects on what it’s been like living with the disease for over 30 years. He offers up a unique mixture of content, with videos encouraging prediabetes screenings, discussions about what’s covered and not covered by Medicare, chronicles of Scott’s speaking engagements, and general musings on what daily life is like when you need to watch your blood sugar levels.
Connect on Twitter: @scottkjohnson
Six Until Me
Kerri Morrone Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 6 years old, hence the blog’s name. After years of searching for diabetes information online and finding only negatively skewed content, she decided to start sharing her own. Her story is about family life, healthy living, and friends. Six Until Me also features guest posts from expectant moms who have diabetes, composers who have written operas about diabetes, and more.
Connect on Twitter: @sixuntilme
A Sweet Life
A Sweet Life was founded by Mike and Jessica, who were both diagnosed with type 2 diabetes several years into their marriage. The website features all kinds of lifestyle tips and recipes to help people with diabetes live a strong, healthy life. Their blog section, meanwhile, is host to a cross-section of guest contributors — people living with diabetes and the health professionals who support them. Because of this variety, you’re certain to find one that speaks to you specifically.
Sweet Success: My Life with Type 2 Diabetes
Kate Cornell has been blogging since 2011. Managing her diabetes and being a caregiver to her aging mother, she has a lot on her plate. Her blog is where she shares her journey and finds support from others in similar situations. For others with diabetes, it’s a great place to find validation — to realize that it’s normal to have tough days with the disease, and that it’s possible to be positive.
T1 Everyday Magic’s Blog
Created by Disney and Lilly Diabetes, T1 Everyday Magic is a resource geared towards families with young children who have type 1 diabetes. Their blog features recipes and resources for parents, like quizzes, checklists, statistics, and Q&As, plus activities (some of which are printable) for children. We really like the Newly Diagnosed section, which delivers high-impact information to families who are new to the disease.
This Is Caleb
Like any parent without much exposure to diabetes, Lorraine felt isolated when her son, Caleb, was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 3. But she soon found the support and resources she needed online, and started blogging to help foster a sense of community and help other parents who are raising children with diabetes by telling them the things she wishes someone would have told her. From dance recitals to sleepovers, her posts cover the unique issues a diabetes mom faces every day. She also has a podcast for listening on the go.
If you’re looking for a community rather than a statistic and one-way sounding board, this might be the place for you. An extension of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, TuDiabetes is a forum for people with diabetes and the people who support them, where you can talk regularly with other people living with the condition. There is also a regularly updated blog section that features a curated selection of the best diabetes-related blog posts from around the web.
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