The Best Diabetes Twitter Accounts of 2015
There has been great progress in understanding and treating diabetes, but living with diabetes or caring for someone who has it can feel overwhelming at times. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or an insulin veteran, staying up-to-date on the latest diabetes news as well as seeking support from others is a great way to help yourself.
Keep reading to learn more about this year’s best Twitter accounts for diabetes.
Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association has been advocating for people with diabetes by supporting research efforts to find a cure. On Twitter, @AmDiabetesAssn shares the latest news and current research, with links to articles and videos. They also tweet facts and statistics, and offers suggestions and tips for how to best manage your diabetes. Retweets share posts from other accounts, ranging from legislative action to cooking ideas.
@ManageDiabetes is the handle of Diabetes Self-Management magazine, and offers practical information for how to lead a healthy lifestyle with diabetes by addressing questions and concerns of many people living with the condition. They also offer resources for those who are looking for support from peers, and encourages followers to participate in polls posted on their website. Check out this account if you’re looking for great advice on how you can stay healthy while managing your diabetes.
When you live with a condition that affects your life on a day-to-day basis, you want to be as informed as possible. If you’re tired of trying to find news relating to diabetes from many sources, check out @alldiabetesnews. Their feed provides a comprehensive aggregate of diabetes news from across the U.S. as well as other countries, helping you stay up-to-date on all breaking diabetes news.
JDRF is the leading global funder for type 1 diabetes research, and it aims to find ways to prevent and ultimately cure the condition. @JDRF shares recent news stories, fundraising progress, and a variety of suggestions on how to donate. They’re also an interactive account, having recently held a design contest for the race car that they sponsor, and invited followers to join a live chat with the driver.
There’s much more to diabetes than keeping your blood glucose levels in check. @diabetesdaily acknowledges this by tweeting on a wide range of topics. Their tweets cover frustrations like dealing with health insurance companies and limited coverage, and they share breaking news from around the world. They also share personal stories, on topics such as overcoming eating disorders and how having an artificial pancreas has changed people’s lives. You can find suggestions and tips on food choices and on how to maintain a healthy diet, as well as diabetes-related book reviews.
World Diabetes Day is a year-long campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation. November 14th is the actual day, but the campaign advocates year-round for those living with diabetes. @WDD encourages followers to help raise awareness and shares information on political issues surrounding diabetes. Retweets share diabetes news and facts from around the world. This is a great place to learn about the impact of diabetes on a larger scale; knowing you’re part of a global community is empowering.
The National Diabetes Education Program is a partnership of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). @NDEP is a great resource for doctors and patients alike. They share facts and advice that are relevant to both physicians and people who are living with diabetes. You’ll also find plenty of information related to the specific needs of different groups of people with diabetes, as well as recipes and practical ideas you can put in motion.
DiabetesMine (published on Healthline) is a wonderful resource for diabetes-related news, if we do say so ourselves. But @DiabetesMine goes beyond that by tweeting about some less-discussed subjects. By sharing information on how diabetes can affect the many aspects of your life, such as sleep and your relationships, it reminds followers that having diabetes is more than just managing your blood sugar. You’re invited to share stories and photos, which adds to the account’s straightforward, yet personal dynamic.
@sixuntilme is owned by Kerri Sparling, author of the book “Balancing Diabetes.” Kerri provides a personal account of dealing with diabetes, but also posts about other things going on in her life. Kerri’s tweets provide a great balance of news, ways to advocate, and her day-to-day goings on. She regularly interacts with her followers, so don’t hesitate to send her a tweet!
Being the parent of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is a huge responsibility. @cwdiabetes is an excellent resource for parents and family members looking for information and tips for their loved ones who have type 1 diabetes. They provide news on what is happening in the pediatric diabetes world. Followers interact with each other as well as the account, making it a great mix of personal interaction and important news.
Diabetes is something you live with, but as many of these accounts prove, it is not something that has to define you. The organizations and people behind these accounts care deeply about helping their followers stay informed, making sure they feel supported and empowered.