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The 10 Best Diabetes Blogs

The 10 Best Diabetes Blogs

Living with diabetes can be a challenging burden. But it can be helpful to share your frustrations and successes, and read about people's similar experiences. We have identified the best diabetes blogs that aim to inspire, empower, and educate readers. Diabetes is a group of diseases that impact how the body uses blood glucose, and it affects around 29.1 million people in the United States. Having type 1 diabetes means that the body does not produce enough insulin, and the condition is more commonly diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. But having type 2 diabetes means that the body cannot use insulin properly, and this type is more common in individuals over the age of 40 years. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 95 percent of all diagnosed diabetes cases. Keeping on top of your diabetes treatment plan can be a round-the-clock commitment that may feature blood sugar monitoring, medications and insulin, healthy eating, and regular physical activity. Medical News Today have rounded up the top 10 diabetes blogs, based on the quality of their information, helpful tips, recipes, fitness advice, and personal accounts. Speaking of Diabetes Speaking of Diabetes is the blog of the Joslin Diabetes Center. The Joslin Diabetes Center is a research and teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. Their team of more than 300 scientists is dedicated to finding innovative pathways to prevent, treat, and cure type 1 and type 2 diabetes. While in pursuit of a world without diabetes, Joslin is helping to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes through patient education programs and care provided by their highly specialized and multi-skilled team. Speaking of Diabetes is designed for people with diabetes, as well as for their friends and family. Recent posts include tips for barbec Continue reading >>

The Best Diabetes Blogs Of The Year

The Best Diabetes Blogs Of The Year

We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at [email protected]! Diabetes is one of the largest health issues facing Americans today. More than 29 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes — and almost one quarter of them don’t know they have it. A further 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, a condition which increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A whopping 90 percent of these people are unaware of that, too. Both forms of diabetes — type 1 and type 2 — are chronic conditions, meaning they require a lifetime of careful treatment to be properly managed. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can cause serious health complications. For those living with diabetes, the condition can be isolating and take up a significant amount of time as well as mental and emotional energy. Staying on top of your treatments can also be challenging, as everyday things can make a big impact on blood glucose readings, and treatment options are always changing. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best diabetes blogs out there. Whether you’re looking for recipes, resources, treatment options, or simple tips for living well, you’re sure to find something here for you. Diabetes Self-Management Blog Diabetes Self-Management has provided health information to the diabetes community for over 35 years. Their companion blog rounds up tips and info from both healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. Posts range from hard-hitting news to tips and information you can use, like busting myths about grain. There are also personal stories, to Continue reading >>

12 Diabetes Blogs You Should Be Reading

12 Diabetes Blogs You Should Be Reading

We spend a lot of time reading blogs and news stories to stay on top of what’s going on in the DOC (diabetes online community). Because of that, we’ve piled up our RSS reader with tons of great articles and have found some bloggers that really stick out above the rest. Here’s 12 diabetes blogs that you should be reading on a regular basis, in no particular order. 1. Six Until Me (www.sixuntilme.com) – The brainchild of Kerri Sparling, Six Until Me is a first person account of life with diabetes. Kerri started the blog after getting frustrated by not being able to find any resources that spoke positively about life with diabetes. Six Until Me helped pave the way for the larger network of diabetes focused blogs today. 2. Diabetes Mine (www.diabetesmine.com) – Diabetes Mine is a community of PWDs that covers almost every facet of life with diabetes. They have facts about diabetes, tips for management, interviews and write-ups about celebrities with diabetes, as well as diabetes product reviews and research papers. 3. Insulin Nation (www.insulinnation.com) – Insulin Nation is a great resource for the PWD community and focuses entirely on diabetes therapy, covering news and research about insulin and insulin related products and technology. 4. A Sweet Life (– A Sweet Life was started by a couple, Mike and Jessica, after they were both diagnosed with T1D. Their blog has grown tremendously and features staples like diabetes-friendly recipes, diet tips, and news. They’ve also got a great section of personal blogs covering diabetes from almost every perspective – college students, young adults, endurance trainers, parents, and seniors. 5. Scott’s Diabetes (– Run by Scott K. Johnson, this blog covers the personal aspects of managing T1D, along with some gene Continue reading >>

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What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes

What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes

What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes By: Valeria Guerrero What’s it like? It’s pricking your finger endlessly throughout the day. It’s not being afraid of blood because you get used to seeing so much of it. It’s no longer feeling tremor to a needle because you’ve had no choice than to be poked by them every day. It’s being woken up countless times throughout the night to fix blood sugars that just won’t become stable. It’s waking up feeling hung over because your sugars were high all night no matter the amount of corrections you gave yourself. It’s not being able to eat whatever you want before carb counting and analyzing how it will affect your sugars later. It’s having to put on a fake smile every time you have to explain to someone that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are NOT the same thing. It’s not being able to go a single work out without stressing if you’re going to go too low, drop too fast or go high. It’s seeing all the scars all over our tummy, arms and legs from all the site changes and pokes and just cry. It’s people staring at you while you poke yourself and watching you like something is wrong with you. It’s people telling you “you can’ t have that” or “should you be eating that?” It’s people assuming you have type 2 when you say you have diabetes. It’s watching people look at you like you’re breaking the law by having a candy. It’s asking yourself what you did wrong because you got this disease even when they say it isn’t your fault. It’s remembering what it was like before being diagnosed and feeling nostalgic. It’s struggling with money and possibly going into debt because supplies are just so expensive. It’s wanting to cry whenever you hear a representative say “your insurance doesn’t co Continue reading >>

Diabetes Blogs And Forums

Diabetes Blogs And Forums

There are many resources available for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes online, including some excellent blogs and patient forums. To connect with other people living with diabetes, or to read perspectives from other patients, we’ve compiled a list of some popular forums and blogs below (ordered alphabetically). While not exhaustive by any means, we hope this list serves as a good starting point for exploring the diabetes online community (the "DOC"). Table of Contents: Diabetes Forums Children with Diabetes – Founded in 1995, Children with Diabetes is a forum where parents and other family members of children with diabetes can connect and share information and tips about schools and daycare, sports and athletics, nutrition and food, pregnancy, and other information related to raising a child with diabetes. It was started by type 1 parent Mr. Jeff Hitchcock after his daughter Marissa was diagnosed with diabetes. CWD also holds an amazing conference, Friends for Life, every July in Orlando. Diabetes Daily Forum – Diabetes Daily contains a collection of forums where patients, family members, and others in the diabetes community can post personal stories, ask questions, share news, and much more. Topics range from exercise and diet to clinical trial recruitment to how diabetes is portrayed in the arts and modern culture. Diabetes Daily Forum, along with the DiabetesDaily blog, was founded in 2005. Diabetic Connect - Diabetic Connect is an online diabetes community that provides people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes with treatment information, recipes, news, several discussion forums, videos, and more. The website also includes an “Ask an Expert” feature in which users can post questions to be answered by health care professionals. TuDiabetes – A pro Continue reading >>

Diabetessisters

Diabetessisters

Are you new to diabetes? Did you recently find out you are expecting? Do you feel as though no one really understands what you go through on a daily basis? Are you terrified of doing something wrong? Would you like to hear about another womans struggles and triumphs with diabetes? You can find exactly what you are looking for HERE at DiabetesSisters. Through our sisterTALK blogs, you will find an outstanding network of women who share their thoughts and feelings about the nuances of living with diabetes in weekly blogs. Whether you are experiencing Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, or pregnancy and diabetes, there is someone here who "speaks your language." Every woman is highlighted for 3-6 months to tell us about her diabetes journey in her own words. By rotating bloggers on a 3-6 month basis, our readers are allowed to read about many different perspectives on the disease. If you have something in common with our highlighted bloggers or have a thought to share, we invite you to comment below the blog. If you are interested in serving as one of our "highlighted bloggers", please email us at [email protected] . Continue reading >>

10 Best Type 2 Diabetes Blogs Of 2018 | Everyday Health

10 Best Type 2 Diabetes Blogs Of 2018 | Everyday Health

Diabetes is one of the most stressful and serious chronic diseases a person can face, and its prevalence only continues to grow throughout the United States. Today an estimated 30.2 million American adults live with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes , and type 2 diabetes is most common of the two, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Commonly diagnosed among adults over age 40, a sudden type 2 diabetes diagnosis can completely rock your day-to-day life, not to mention lead you to change your priorities. From learning how to monitor blood sugar (glucose) levels to counting carb intake, type 2 diabetes isnt just a condition. Its a lifestyle. But one of the most helpful ways to develop diabetes-friendly habits is finding online support from others who share the same diagnosis. A study published in January 2012 from Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice suggests that people with type 2 diabetes were more successful in monitoring their blood sugar, lowering their blood pressure, and developing a healthy diet, among other good habits, when they attended diabetes support groups. In case youre seeking some support, too, weve rounded up some of the best type 2 diabetes blogs of the year. Whether youre looking for professional counsel, low-carb recipes, exercise inspiration, or simply a friend to lean on (or commiserate with, if its that kind of day), youll find them all here. This food-centric blog is written by a type 2 chef named Ward, who is determined to inspire others to embrace a decadent diabetes diet. When Ward learned he had type 2 diabetes, all those years working in family restaurants had only increased his passion to find delicious food for people living with the disease. On The Decadent Diabetic youll find blood-sugar-friendly recipe Continue reading >>

Kate Cornell: Type 2 Diabetes Blogger

Kate Cornell: Type 2 Diabetes Blogger

Sharing the good and the bad Browse Kate Cornell’s site and you’ll find quirky posts about her taste-testing a low-glycemic ice cream—“you know . . . for science”—and her first few experiences at the local gym. “I may not be a gym rat, but maybe a gym white mouse,” she writes. The Arizona-based blogger also shares diabetes-friendly recipes and tips. Her favorite carb swap: zoodles (zucchini noodles). Her posts illustrate her successes and struggles with type 2 diabetes. “Stigma is an ugly bully,” she says. “If I can share a story about something I dealt with that helps somebody else, then I do it.” She gets honest about stuff like failing to meet goals and the emotional toll of insensitive comments. “I hope that people can read the blog and get ideas about how to improve life with diabetes—but mostly to see that it’s not all bad.” Beyond the medicine When Kate was diagnosed with type 2 in 2005, she wasn’t afraid; she was confused. “I felt like I’d been shoved out the door and was on my own,” she says. She scoured the Internet to connect with others. “Seeing people living their lives despite diabetes helps,” she says. “Support is essential.” Kate turns to her husband or chats with people she’s met through the diabetes online community (DOC). She reads both type 2 and type 1 blogs, such as brian-the-bsc.blogspot.com and testguessandgo.com. Early in her diagnosis, Kate participated in forums through tudiabetes.org, diabetesdaily.com, and community.diabetes.org. On her blog, Kate promotes her favorite events such as the Diabetes UnConference, where people with diabetes gather and talk about the emotional impact of the disease. ”I’ll continue to encourage people to connect,” Kate says. “Befriending people with diabete Continue reading >>

Rachelzinmanyoga Yoga For Diabetes

Rachelzinmanyoga Yoga For Diabetes

Bump! Ive landed in Australia after an action-packed book tour in the USA. Whilst there I was fortunate to spend time with and learn from some of the most inspiring diabetes advocates out there. These people are not just living with diabetes, they are thriving and giving back in whatever way they can to the DOC and beyond. Whether heading out together for a walk, meeting at a conference, sharing and teaching together, or supporting each other online each person touched me in a unique way. To me these guys are legends and DIABETES ALL STARS! This weeks blog is all about the work they share out in the world and some of the sweet things they have shared with me about , Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda. To really give these guys a proper introduction I highly recommend listening to this track as you read. Cynthia Zuber was my first online diabuddy. I reached out to her when I found her on YouTube speaking about Yoga and Diabetes at a yoga conference. Cynthia runs a facebook page and blog .She has had Type 1 for 31 years and also lives with other chronic autoimmune conditions. Her strength of spirit and willingness to share her ups and downs through her facebook page and blog are an inspiration to her followers. It was truly special to finally meet Cynthia in person. We went for a mammoth walk around one of the oldest malls in the country and talked non-stop. Rachels book is filled with artistry and beauty. My body was instantly filled with goosebumps as I perused the pages, full of so much wonder and practical information that is easy to assimilate into my life. Her writing is engaging, like chatting with a close friend that shares just enough information to help you feel intimate and connected. Here I am reading about the power of though Continue reading >>

Rethinking A1c Goals For Type 2 Diabetes

Rethinking A1c Goals For Type 2 Diabetes

Treat the patient, not the number. This is a very old and sound medical school teaching. However, when it comes to blood sugar control in diabetes, we have tended to treat the number, thinking that a lower number would equal better health. Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset diabetes) is associated with all sorts of very bad things: infections, angry nerve endings causing chronic pain, damaged kidneys, vision loss and blindness, blocked arteries causing heart attacks, strokes, and amputations So of course, it made good sense that the lower the blood sugar, the lower the chances of bad things happening to our patients. One easy, accurate way for us to measure a persons blood sugar over time is the hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level, which is basically the amount of sugar stuck to the hemoglobin molecules inside of our blood cells. These cells last for about three months, so, the A1c is thought of as a measure of blood sugars over the prior three months. Generally, clinical guidelines have recommended an A1c goal of less than 7% for most people (not necessarily including the elderly or very ill), with a lower goal closer to normal, or under 6.5% for younger people. We as doctors were supposed to first encourage diet and exercise, all that good lifestyle change stuff, which is very well studied and shown to decrease blood sugars significantly. But if patients didnt meet those target A1c levels with diet and exercise alone, then per standard guidelines, the next step was to add medications, starting with pills. If the levels still werent at goal, then it was time to start insulin injections. While all this sounds very orderly and clinically rational, in practice it hasnt worked very well. I have seen firsthand how enthusiastic attention to the A1c can be help Continue reading >>

34 Diabetes Bloggers Give Us A Glimpse Of Behind The Scenes

34 Diabetes Bloggers Give Us A Glimpse Of Behind The Scenes

Writing is not everyones strongest feat. Those who can convey a story, a lesson learnt, or a memoir through their writing are not only storytellers but also educators. Bloggers and advocates who write about diabetes are just that. Through their stories and experiences, they share with us a vulnerable part of them in order to get a message across just in case it can help someone else who may be in their shoes. Its their way of saying you are not alone in your journey!. Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here. We reached out to 34 amazing bloggers and advocates of diabetes to share with us their thoughts and to invite readers into the world of ideas, thoughts, and personal sphere. They share with us their hardest diabetes related topic they had to write about, some of the techniques they use to draw readers interest, and some equally interesting comments and questions they have gotten in the past about their articles. All these bloggers have a main goal: to raise awareness and to educate us about the journey one is on with diabetes . What is the hardest diabetes blog subject that you had to write? What are some of the best techniques that you use in order to create a story to draw the reader in, and also help keep their attention while they learn about diabetes? What are some of the most interesting comments or questions that you have had in relation to your articles about diabetes A1: It can be challenging having people understand there is no magical diabetes dietpeople have a hard time believing that they can enjoy their favorite foods as long as they substitute in Continue reading >>

Bitter~sweet : 2017 Diabetes Blog Week Topics & Posts

Bitter~sweet : 2017 Diabetes Blog Week Topics & Posts

Several topics were chosen from suggestions from the 2016 survey or received by email this year. Some suggestions were edited to make themaccessible to a wide variety of bloggers. Click here for the Diabetes and The Unexpected - Monday 5/15 Link List Diabetes can sometimes seem to play by a rulebook that makes no sense, tossing out unexpected challenges at random. What are your best tips for being prepared when the unexpected happens? Or, take this topic another way and tell us about some good things diabetes has brought into your, or your loved ones, life that you never could have expected? (Thank you, Heather , for inspiring this topic!) Click here for The Cost of a Chronic Illness - Tuesday 5/16 Link List Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, lets discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern? Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care? (This topic was inspired by suggestions from Rick and Jen .) Click here for The Blame Game - Wednesday 5/17 Link List Having diabetes often makes a visit to the doctor a dreaded experience, as there is invariably bad news of one kind or another. And sometimes the way the doctor talks to you can leave you feeling like youre at fault. Or maybe you have a fantastic healthcare team, but have experienced blame and judgement from someone else in your life friend, loved one, complete stranger. Think about a particularly bad instance, how that person talked to you, the words they used and the conversation you had. Now, the game part. Lets turn this around. If you could Continue reading >>

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 20 Inspirational Blogs

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 20 Inspirational Blogs

When thinking of diabetes what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Insulin? Injections? Of course, these things are very important – for type 1 diabetics. However, almost 90% of all diabetics have type 2 and mostly don’t need to inject insulin. But nevertheless, having type 2 diabetes can change your life completely and you need to take good care of your health. In the UK there are more than 135 and in the US more than 1400 diabetes-related amputations – every week. But the good news is: it doesn’t need to get that far. With the right treatment and responsible behavior, you can do a lot to prevent the progress of your diabetes. And you’re not alone: There are a lot of bloggers providing insight into their lives with type 2 diabetes, sharing their experience and motivation. How do I keep my blood glucose levels stable? What is the right diet for me? And is there an app that supports me with my diabetes? We’ve collected 20 of the most inspiring blogs about type 2 diabetes that you need to read: Are you missing one of your favorite blogs? Please write us in the comment section below. Diabetes Ramblings Sue writes about her personal experiences with type 2 diabetes and how she is dealing with her life as a mom of five. She says about herself: “I may have type 2 diabetes but it doesn't have me!” diabetesramblings.com Diabetes Stops Here On this blog, run by the American Diabetes Association, people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes share their stories about “what it means to live with diabetes, from frustrations and fears to friendships and triumphs”. diabetesstopshere.org Bob’s Blog, UK Bob writes about how he is living well with type 2 diabetes and how he is managing his condition with the right diet, exercise, and oral medication. fractis.net D Continue reading >>

My Favorite Type 1 Diabetes Blogs

My Favorite Type 1 Diabetes Blogs

I live in a bubble most of the time. I get along all right knowing what I know, living how I know how to live and plugging along day after day with my eyes right in front of me. It’s deceptively comfortable having blinders up, dealing with things on my own. But sometimes, I desperately need a different viewpoint, to see what other people experience. Blogs are a perfect way to get that extra dose of perspective! There are so many amazing type 1 diabetes blogs out there, but here are three of my favorites. Deathofapancreas.com Joanne writes a fantastic blog about her little girl Elise. I immediately was drawn to Joanne’s writing because I felt like I could relate well with her. Seeing her sweet little Elise pictured on the blog reminds me so much of my Kaitlyn. Another reason I love this blog is that Joanne talks a lot about different technology options. They’ve tried all kinds of different meters, pumps and CGM systems — some they’ve stuck with, and some they have not. As a mom who looks forward to using more of these kinds of systems, I find reading about her experiences with them invaluable! Ourdiabeticlife.com Meri is a mom of four boys, and three of them have type 1 diabetes. Three! That alone was enough to pull me in to find out about her story. As if that’s not enough for her to handle, her husband is also battling cancer. It brings me close to tears when I read it. She talks about how she copes and where she turns for hope and peace. She’s truly an inspiration. Theprincessandthepump.com First of all, how cute is that? Princess and the Pump… darling! Hallie writes about her dear little Sweetpea. She’s a 6-year-old girl who recently had her third “diaversary.” Once again, I’m drawn to Hallie’s writing because it mirrors my own roller coaste Continue reading >>

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