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Diabetes is one of the biggest public health concerns of our time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent, have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes. This can lead to type 2 diabetes if left untreated.
Living with any form of diabetes isn’t easy. You have to follow strict dietary guidelines, monitor blood sugar levels, and manage treatments, including insulin. It can feel overwhelming and lonely at times, which is why it’s important to have support.
Whether you’re looking for treatment information, diabetes-friendly recipes, people to connect with, or other resources, these blogs have you covered.
Diabetes Self-Management Blog
Diabetes Self-Management has published helpful health, lifestyle, and treatment information about diabetes for 35 years. They’ve received many awards for this coverage. Blog posts are written by qualified medical and nutritional professionals as well as people living with diabetes. You can find inspiration, news coverage on the latest studies, and how-to tips for diabetes care. Visit the blog.
Scott K. Johnson has lived with type 1 diabetes for 38 years. He started journaling about his experiences in 2000 as a way to express his thoughts and feelings. In 2004, the journal became a blog to share with the diabetes community. Scott was one of the early voices talking about diabetes online. Today, he’s moved away from personal posts in favor of promoting other authors, like Mindy Bartleson’s self-published book, talking about advocacy groups and events, and reviewing products that make life with diabetes easier. Visit the blog.
Diabetes Stops Here
Stop Diabetes Here is part of the American Diabetes Association’s initiative to end diabetes. The blog offers an inside look at the association and how their advocates and volunteers work together to educate and fight for a cure. You can read about their important initiatives, like advocating for proper diabetes care for people in jail and making insulin affordable. Visit the blog.
DiabetesMine, which is now part of the Healthline family, was founded in 2005 as a “gold mine” of information and inspiration for people living with diabetes. Amy Tenderich, founder and editor, started it after her own type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 2003. The blog has a little bit of everything, from personal stories and research coverage to a weekly comic, Sunday Funnies. There’s also a section for video product reviews, called Test Kitchen. Visit the blog.
A Sweet Life
Mike Aviad and Jessica Apple have a unique story. They both received diagnoses of type 1 diabetes as adults, after they were already married. Instead of feeling discouraged, the couple worked together to learn how to manage their condition and started A Sweet Life as a way to share what they’d learned with others. Their blog offers lots of tools and advice to live your best life with diabetes. You’ll find recipes, travel tips, personal stories from guest bloggers, updates on the latest technology and research, and more. Visit the blog.
Kelly Kunik, blogger, speaker, and advocate, knows a lot about diabetes. Perhaps more than she’d like. She and several immediate family members have type 1 diabetes, including a sister who died from complications at age 33. Kelly, who has been writing Diabetesaliciousness since 2007, uses humor to help spark conversation and bust common myths surrounding diabetes, like in this post. Kelly is a good storyteller. Her posts are engaging, whether they’re about personal experiences, advocacy, or blood sugar numbers. Visit the blog.
Leighann Calentin’s daughter received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes just before her fourth birthday. To help other moms, she wrote a book called “Kids First, Diabetes Second,” and started the D-Mom Blog. She’s filled the blog with resources it took her years to put together. You can find tips for cooking at home, eating out, managing insulin, and working with your child’s medical team. If your child has recently received a diabetes diagnosis and you’re feeling overwhelmed, D-Mom is a good place to start your journey. There’s even a post for newly diagnosed D-Kids. Visit the blog.
Diabetes Daily has been around since 2005. The blog is packed with useful information you can apply to everyday life with diabetes. The sections are easily divided into categories, covering news, type 1 and 2 diabetes, food, exercise, treatment, and technology. Introduce yourself on the diabetes forum, learn techniques for understanding blood sugar readings, or find delicious recipes, like these oven fried Parmesan broccoli and cauliflower florets. Visit the blog.
Six Until Me
At age 6, Kerri Morrone Sparling received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. She started Six Until Me in 2005 to share the stories about diabetes she couldn’t find growing up, and she’s pretty good at it. Her posts draw you in. Some talk advocacy and blood sugar challenges, and others, like “Spongebob Memes,” are just plain fun. Kerri also invites guest bloggers to share their diabetes stories. Visit the blog.
Riva Greenberg has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 45 years. She started blogging to write about her thoughts and experiences, both in the healthcare space and as someone living with diabetes. The goal of Diabetes Stories is to help others flourish with diabetes the way she has. Riva travels frequently for her advocacy work, teaching health professionals how to use her Flourishing Approach when working with diabetes patients. She often writes about her speaking engagements in addition to research updates, stories, and recipes. Visit the blog.
dLife was started in 2004 to help people with diabetes and caregivers learn self-care tips for managing diabetes. Posts include tips for counting carbs, portion control, eating out, and testing blood sugar. There’s a heavy focus on diet and weight loss, which makes the site a great resource if you’re looking to improve your eating habits. Check out the recipe section or quiz yourself on diabetes knowledge with the diet personality quiz. Visit the blog.
DiabetesSisters was founded in 2008 with a focus on helping women manage diabetes throughout their lives, including during pregnancy. The site offers education and peer support. Its sisterTALK section features stories and perspectives from women addressing many different diabetes topics. If you’re looking to connect with other women dealing with the same issues, DiabetesSisters is a good place to go. There’s also a discussion forum and an expert advice section where you can ask their resident doctor questions. Visit the blog.
Our Diabetic Life
Meri is raising three boys with type 1 diabetes. She writes about her journey on Our Diabetic Life. The blog is a raw, real take on what it’s like to raise children with diabetes, from fears to triumphs. While Meri doesn’t let diabetes define her family, she does acknowledge that it’s very much a part of their lives. Lately, she’s been writing about the challenges of raising teenagers. Visit the blog.
When Tom Karlya’s daughter, and later his son, both received diabetes diagnoses, he couldn’t sit on the sidelines. Living by the mantra “Just Don’t Do Nothing,” he became an advocate fighting for education and getting closer to a cure. On the blog, he writes about his experience and what he’s learned over the years of raising two kids with diabetes. His posts show how much he loves his kids and how dedicated he is to helping other parents navigate the world of parenting a child with diabetes. Recently, Tom wrote about his daughter’s wedding. Visit the blog.
College Diabetes Network’s Blog
When kids go to college, they start to figure out where they fit into communities in the adult world. College Diabetes Network helps young adults living with type 1 diabetes have access to important resources they need to manage diabetes while at school. The nonprofit’s resources include how to ask for accommodation during school tests, advice on preparing for college, tips for eating at a dining hall, and guidance on transitioning to adult life after college. Blog posts focus on questions specific to college life, like touring colleges with type 1 diabetes in mind, and how marijuana and alcohol use can affect blood sugar. Visit the blog.
Insulin Nation is a news platform for people with type 1 diabetes. The site curates the latest research, technology, treatments, policy, and advocacy updates all in one place. Articles are helpfully organized by category: research, treatment, and living. You’ll find helpful posts on many different subjects, including travel advice, new clinical studies, and managing cold symptoms when you have diabetes. The site also publishes articles in Spanish. Visit the blog.
T1 Everyday Magic’s Blog
Lilly Diabetes and Disney came together to create T1 Everyday Magic for families who need help managing a child’s type 1 diabetes. There are resources for those newly diagnosed, daily living advice, recipes, news, and stories from other parents. It’s a good place for parents and kids to feel connected to a larger community that knows exactly what they’re going through. The site’s activity section puts a magical spin on living with diabetes, suggesting crafts and fun ways for kids to learn about their diabetes. Check out these DIY earrings made from leftover diabetes supplies! Visit the blog.
Diabetes Forecast is the website for the healthy living magazine of the American Diabetes Association. The site focuses on lifestyle tips, like recipes and food, developing healthy habits, and managing medications and blood sugar. Listen to their podcast for the latest research news and visit the Hot Topics section for discussions on trending diabetes topics. Visit the blog.
Diabetes Health is another magazine, created by editor-in-chief Nadia Al-Samarrie, to serve the diabetes community. Its site is full of updates on research, lifestyle tips, news, helpful charts (like this one comparing blood glucose meters) and even celebrity advocacy efforts. Nadia responds to reader questions and talks about her own diabetes in a column called “Ask Nadia.” Whether you’re looking for advice or product comparisons, this is a great resource. Visit the blog.
The lifestyle magazine Diabetic Living is mostly focused on weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise. New to food prep with diabetes and not sure what to eat? This site has you covered. You’ll find lots of different recipes, including some that take only 15 minutes to prep. If you’re trying to lose weight, check out tips for getting more active and managing portion sizes. Visit the blog.
The diaTribe Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes. To do this, diaTribe offers a wide variety of information on type 1 and 2 diabetes, including drugs and devices, policy updates, tips for working with your healthcare team, and more. There are lots of different columns, each with a unique focus, so you can browse based on your own interests. Visit the blog.
JDRF has been funding type 1 diabetes research since the 1970s, when it was still referred to as “juvenile diabetes.” While we’ve come a long way, the nonprofit is committed to fighting until there’s a cure. On the blog, you can read about the organization’s work, on-going research, ways you can get involved, and personal experiences of people living with diabetes. Visit the blog.
Renza Scibilia has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1998. The Melbourne, Australia-based advocate travels globally to present at conferences and make sure the patient voice is heard. Diabetogenic chronicles her advocacy work and her own life with diabetes, including a whole section on pregnancy. Renza really lets you into her life with personal posts, like “Owning my brokenness.” Visit the blog.
The AADE Blog
AADE is a professional membership organization dedicated to improving the care of people with diabetes through research, education, advocacy, and prevention. Its members include medical professionals, pharmacists, dietitians, and other specialists focused on diabetes care. Blog posts are written for professionals by professionals. They cover a variety of topics, from finding your advocacy niche to advice for getting clients to commit to healthy changes. There’s also a whole section explaining the role of a diabetes educator and how to find one. Visit the blog.
Chortling Towards Bethlehem
Caroline writes about lots of things on Chortling Towards Bethlehem: running, yoga, Bruce Springsteen, New York living, Christianity, and living with type 1 diabetes. She combines her hobbies and interests with how diabetes affects her daily life. She does a lot of race recaps, like this Ironman recap, discussing how she manages blood sugar and other diabetes-related issues. Check out Caroline’s blog for inspiration and tips on how to maintain an athletic lifestyle with diabetes. Visit the blog.
The Diabetic Shoppe’s Blog
The Diabetic Shoppe is a mail-order supply company specifically for products and services that help people manage diabetes. On the blog, you can find tips for managing diabetes-related conditions, like nephropathy, health and fitness advice, and the latest research. Visit the blog.
Emily Kyle Nutrition
Emily Kyle is a registered dietitian who focuses on teaching women how to develop healthy, lifelong habits. On Emily Kyle Nutrition, she writes about holistic and mindful nutrition, which includes body positivity, self-care, healthy weight loss tips, and tons of delicious plant-based recipes. Emily doesn’t have a specific focus on diabetes on the blog, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with your health team to choose the right recipes for your needs. But she does offer holistic health counseling for a variety of conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Visit the blog.
Rena writes about healthy living and design. She holds a BS in English and has been working as a freelance writer for five years. Find her on Twitter.