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Online Support Resources For People With Diabetes

Online Support Resources For People With Diabetes

Diabetes contributes to complications such as neuropathy and vascular disease, which often lead to limb loss. Getting support from other people with diabetes can help you better manage your condition and help you prevent complications in the future. The following are online support groups and forums for people with diabetes who wish to communicate with others sharing similar experiences. American Diabetes Association Message Boards community.diabetes.org/n/forumIndex.aspx?webtag=adaindex Diabetesbb.org diabetesbb.org Diabetes Care Group diabetescaregroup.info Diabetes Daily diabetesdaily.com/forum/?gclid=CNG6te_7j5UCFROA1QodnC8Mfw diabetes files diabetesfiles.com Diabetes Forums diabetesforums.com Diabetes Health Forums diabeteshealth.com/forums/general/general Diabetes Insight Support diabetes-insight.info dLife Forums dlife.com/diabetes-forum Joslin Diabetes Center Discussion Boards forums.joslin.org TalkDiabetes.net talkdiabetes.net Yahoo Health: All Diabetic International health.groups.yahoo.com/group/alldiabeticinternational It is not the intention of the Amputee Coalition to provide specific medical or legal advice but rather to provide consumers with information to better understand their health and healthcare issues. The Amputee Coalition does not endorse any specific treatment, technology, company, service or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers for specific medical advice or before making any purchasing decisions involving their care. National Limb Loss Resource Center, a program of the Amputee Coalition, located at 900 East Hill Ave., Suite 390, Knoxville, TN 37915 | 888/267-5669 © Amputee Coalition. Local reproduction for use by Amputee Coalition constituents is permitted as long as this copyright information is included. O Continue reading >>

Diabetes On The Internet: Resources For Patients

Diabetes On The Internet: Resources For Patients

Diabetes on the Internet: Resources for Patients Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003 Search for other works by this author on: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003 Address all correspondence and requests for reprints to: Paul W. Ladenson, M.D., Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1830 East Monument Street, Suite 333, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003. Search for other works by this author on: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 87, Issue 8, 1 August 2002, Pages 35233526, Matthew I. Kim, Paul W. Ladenson; Diabetes on the Internet: Resources for Patients, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 87, Issue 8, 1 August 2002, Pages 35233526, Tracking surveys have reported that more than half of all consumers who visit health care web sites on the Internet are looking for information about specific diseases ( 1 ). Diabetes mellitus has been identified as a common topic of interest among health care information seekers. A popular search engine has identified diabetes as one of the most common medical search terms entered by users, second only to cancer in a ranked list of specific disorders ( 2 ). This level of interest is reflected in the high visibility of diabetes-related topics on prominent consumer-oriented web sites. Eleven of the 20 most popular health care web sites incorporate direct links to basic information about diabetes on their home pages or primary link pages ( 3 ). Endocrinologists and diabetologists seeking to direct patients to reliable consumer-level Continue reading >>

How To Help Care For Your Loved One With Diabetes

How To Help Care For Your Loved One With Diabetes

How to Help Care for Your Loved One With Diabetes You don't mean to be part of the "diabetes police," of courseyou just want to help. But assisting others in taking good care of their health can cause distress in even the most loving relationships. Policing someone else's health often causes relationship problems, although love and concern may be at the heart of the matter. It's a recurring theme in the diabetes community's websites, blogs, message boards, and support groups. The Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) is a nonprofit organization that works to address the emotional needs of people with diabetes to help them maintain good physical health. It has a fact sheet, "Diabetes Etiquette for People Who DON'T Have Diabetes," addressing this topic. William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, chief executive officer of BDI, says the institute gets many e-mails concerning caregiving, from both people with diabetes and others who want to help them. There are a few steps you can take to make sure you're providing a support system, even when your loved one seems to be ignoring his or her self-care. 1. Make sure the person really needs help. You might think your loved one with diabetes could use a reminder to check blood glucose, for example, or should think twice about eating a particular food. But you don't necessarily live with diabetes; he or she does. "Oftentimes, caregivers . . . want to take care and take action when it actually may not be needed," Polonsky says. "There are way too many caregivers who get upset with their spouses or their teenagers: 'Johnny won't check his blood sugar!' But if his A1C is in a good place, then you're fine." Action item: Consider, with your loved one's permission, attending a doctor's appointment together. Hear from the professional whether or not you Continue reading >>

Diabetes Pathfinder - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Ma

Diabetes Pathfinder - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Ma

Books, web sites and online support for people who have diabetes. Recommended Books & Web Sites on Diabetes American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, 4th edition Beating Diabetes: Lower Your Blood Sugar, Lose Weight, and Stop Diabetes and Its Complications in Their Tracks The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes: Your Healthy Living Guide, 4th edition Your First Year with Diabetes: What to Do, Month by Month American Diabetes Association and Neal Friedman Diabetes Burn Out: What to Do When You Cant Take It Anymore Growing Up Again, Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up with Diabetes 101 Foot Care Tips for People with Diabetes Diabetes 911: Practical Answers to Your Diabetes Problem Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Wont Stop (American Academy of Neurology) Real Life Guide to Diabetes: How to Handle Everyday Emergencies-And More The Uncomplicated Guide to Diabetes Complications You Can Cope with Peripheral Neuropathy: 365 Tips for Living a Full Life The I Hate to Exercise Book for People with Diabetes, 2nd edition The Official Pocket Guide to Diabetic Exchanges, 2nd edition Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner: A Complete System for Eating Healthy with Diabetes The 4- Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook: Simple, Quick, and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less Betty Crockers Diabetes Cookbook: Everyday Meals, Easy as 1-2-3 Diabetes Diet Cookbook: Discover the New Fiber-Full Eating Plan for Weight Loss Fittante, Ann and Editors of Prevention Magazine The Joslin Diabetes Quick and Easy Cookbook: 200 Recipes for 1 to 4 People The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes The 4- Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook: Simple, Quick, and Delicious Recipes Continue reading >>

Message Boards - Visionaware

Message Boards - Visionaware

Share your ideas and experiences using our message boards. If you are not yet a registered member, you can sign up for free . You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter . Opinions provided on the VisionAware message boards are just that: opinions. They are not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. If you have any concerns about the health or legal rights of a family member or yourself, please contact a healthcare provider or an attorney. Do you or a loved one have concerns or questions about the emotional aspects of vision loss? Share stories and find reassurance here. Macular Degeneration Community - 54 subjects Connect with others who are coping with age-related macular degeneration, share your own experiences, and interact with Maureen A. Duffy, CVRT , who monitors this board. Opinions provided on the VisionAware message boards are just that: opinions. They are not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. If you have any concerns about the health or legal rights of a family member or yourself, please contact a healthcare provider or an attorney. Connect with others who are coping with glaucoma, share your own experiences, and interact with Maureen A. Duffy, CVRT , who monitors this board. Opinions provided on the VisionAware message boards are just that: opinions. They are not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. If you have any concerns about the health or legal rights of a family member or yourself, please contact a healthcare provider or an attorney. Connect with others who are coping with cataracts, share your own experiences, and interact with Maureen A. Duffy, CVRT , who monitors this board. Opinions provided on the VisionAware message boards are just that: opinions. They are not a substitute for professional Continue reading >>

Online Diabetes Support Groups - A Family Member Homecare

Online Diabetes Support Groups - A Family Member Homecare

For Home Care in South Florida: Call 1-866-992-3264, toll-free The American Diabetes Association has several message boards for adults with Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes, the recently diagnosed, persons using an insulin pump, etc. There is also a Spanish language group. Category: Diabetes Resources, Support Groups-Diabetes Serving south Florida, including Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Tamarac and neighboring communities 6565 Taft St., Suite 404, Hollywood, FL 33024 and 4400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 27, Boca Raton, FL 33431 and 1031 Ives Dairy Rd., Suite 228, Miami, FL 33179 These educational resources are brought to you by A Family Member HomeCare , providing care and support to seniors and their families since 1998. Serving south Florida, including Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Tamarac and neighboring communities, we are your first choice for home care in south Florida . There are three offices to serve you: 6565 Taft St., Suite 404, Hollywood, FL 33024 and 4400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 27, Boca Raton, FL 33431 and 1031 Ives Dairy Rd., Suite 228, Miami, FL 33179. You can call us at 1-866-992-3264, toll-free. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Support Groups - A Family Member Homecare

Diabetes Support Groups - A Family Member Homecare

For Home Care in South Florida: Call 1-866-992-3264, toll-free The American Diabetes Association has several message boards for adults with Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes, the recently diagnosed, persons using an insulin pump, etc. There is also a Spanish language group. Serving south Florida, including Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Tamarac and neighboring communities 6565 Taft St., Suite 404, Hollywood, FL 33024 and 4400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 27, Boca Raton, FL 33431 and 1031 Ives Dairy Rd., Suite 228, Miami, FL 33179 These educational resources are brought to you by A Family Member HomeCare , providing care and support to seniors and their families since 1998. Serving south Florida, including Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Tamarac and neighboring communities, we are your first choice for home care in south Florida . There are three offices to serve you: 6565 Taft St., Suite 404, Hollywood, FL 33024 and 4400 N. Federal Highway, Suite 27, Boca Raton, FL 33431 and 1031 Ives Dairy Rd., Suite 228, Miami, FL 33179. You can call us at 1-866-992-3264, toll-free. Continue reading >>

Dogaware.com Health: Email Support Groups

Dogaware.com Health: Email Support Groups

There are a number of email lists for specific medical conditions that I have heard of. Although several of these lists come highly recommended, others I know nothing about, but they may be a good place to start learning more about any condition your dog has been diagnosed with. Remember, though, that not everything you hear will be reliable.Some of these lists are inactive, but may still have useful information in their Files and Archives. General forums where vets will answer questions Ask Dr. Donna Board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist Dr. Donna Spector will answer questions for $15. Also provides more in-depth medical, nutritional, and weight loss consultations. VetLIVE Fees range from $17 to $50 for questions, chats, nutritional consultations, and second opinions from veterinarians. JustAnswer Charges a fee, commonly $15-$30, for a veterinarian to answer your question. AskAVetQuestion Fees range from $8 to $12. Answers to common questions provided on the site. Also see Need Help Paying for Veterinary Bills? for a list of resources. Med Help Scroll down to "Ask a Veterinarian" section under Pets on right-hand side. Continue reading >>

People In The Know: Balancing Work, Lifeand Type 1

People In The Know: Balancing Work, Lifeand Type 1

Brought to you by Lilly Diabetes | Disney People in the Know: Balancing Work, Lifeand Type 1 Q: Im back at work full time, and just getting my child to school every day feels like a major accomplishment. Making sure all his type 1 needs are being met? Thats making me one frazzled mama. How can I create a positive work-life balance? A: Youre wiped out after a long day at the office and all you want to do is crawl into bed, but instead youre up late monitoring your childs too-low or too-high blood sugar numbers. Finally, just as you put your head on the pillow to go to sleeppoofits time to get up and do it all over again. Sound familiar? An untold number of parents of type 1 children have been right where you are now, so please believe this: with a little creativityand persistenceit does get easier. Start with open communication with your boss and coworkers. Its a good idea to feel out how much your boss already knows about type 1 diabetes. With so much media attention paid to type 2 diabetes these days, dont be surprised to find that your employer has been thinking something along the lines of, Why doesnt she just have her child get more exercise? One useful way of explaining it is to say, This isnt the diabetes you read about all the time, which can be managed by changing your diet. This is whats called type 1 diabetes, where the child needs multiple insulin shots a day to manage his blood sugar. Its a life or death disease. This might be a bit melodramatic and is obviously an oversimplification, but it should get the message across that your childs situation is more serious than your employer may have believed. If this isnt enough, though, have your pediatric endocrinologist send in a note to officially document your childs health needs. Even if your child generally h 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 >>

Diabetes: Diabetes Support

Diabetes: Diabetes Support

Vancouver Olympians: Ice Dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin Diabetes is diagnosed in Americans with increasing frequency. It is a condition requiring careful management and awareness by both the patient and his family. Fortunately, the Internet has made this task easier. Whether you're researching adult or juvenile diabetes, or if you seek help for yourself or for a loved one, the Web offers many resources for understanding diabetes and its treatments. Click here to read this guide in Spanish. People with chronic illnesses can have difficulty finding doctors and support, particularly when traveling or moving. It can be stressful to uproot yourself and lose the support community with which you've grown to be familiar and comfortable. These sites can help you find medical help and social support for you or your child. Finding support is one of the most important aspects of dealing with a chronic disease. If you can't find a doctor, contact your local hospital or health authority to see if they can provide some help. Online support can be a life saver for many people. By having sites, forums, and message boards available 24 hours a day, people can get information from others who know what it's like to be affected by diabetes. Many associations offer newsletters to keep readers abreast of new developments on the site or with diabetes. If you're interested in subscribing to a newsletter, you can generally find the link displayed prominently on the homepage or in the "About Us" section. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has a worldwide "AACE Physician Finder" where you can search for an endocrinologist in your area. DearJanis.com has amoderated forum encourages people with diabetes, or parents of children with diabetes, to communicate with e Continue reading >>

Thank You, Friends: Diabetes Forecast

Thank You, Friends: Diabetes Forecast

When you received your first blood glucose meter, medication, meal plan, or basic education about managing your diabetes, was anything missing? Too often, we dont hear an important message at diagnosis (or later): You are not alone. Support of our diabetes tasks and emotions is essential to thriving with the condition. Your family and your health care providers may be great sources of support. And here, at the close of 2013, its a wonderful time to say, Thank you. If you dont yet have the support you need, there are so many opportunities to find it, whether face-to-face, online, at volunteer events, or all of the above. Diabetes is everywhere and so are potential friends: people you meet during a Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event, members of a local support group, that friendly-looking lady in your doctors waiting room, the guy with an insulin pump clipped to his waistband (just try not to be a stalker). Now, Id like to introduce you to a few more people, in the pages of this issue. Some live with diabetes, some are caregivers, and they all care very much about our diabetes community. I think theyre awesome. I hope that youll enjoy these new friends. Continue reading >>

Understanding Diabetes Expanded

Understanding Diabetes Expanded

These Fact sheets can be used for a variety of health and wellness education activities. Fact sheets can be easily e-mailed to employees, posted on central bulletin boards in lunch rooms or health centers and distributed at health fairs or during diabetes support groups. Up to date fact sheets about diabetes incidence and specific incidence data for your location is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at this link. Continue reading >>

Diabetes On The Internet: Resources For Patients

Diabetes On The Internet: Resources For Patients

Diabetes on the Internet: Resources for Patients Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003 Search for other works by this author on: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003 Address all correspondence and requests for reprints to: Paul W. Ladenson, M.D., Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1830 East Monument Street, Suite 333, Baltimore, Maryland 21287-0003. Search for other works by this author on: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 87, Issue 8, 1 August 2002, Pages 35233526, Matthew I. Kim, Paul W. Ladenson; Diabetes on the Internet: Resources for Patients, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 87, Issue 8, 1 August 2002, Pages 35233526, Tracking surveys have reported that more than half of all consumers who visit health care web sites on the Internet are looking for information about specific diseases ( 1 ). Diabetes mellitus has been identified as a common topic of interest among health care information seekers. A popular search engine has identified diabetes as one of the most common medical search terms entered by users, second only to cancer in a ranked list of specific disorders ( 2 ). This level of interest is reflected in the high visibility of diabetes-related topics on prominent consumer-oriented web sites. Eleven of the 20 most popular health care web sites incorporate direct links to basic information about diabetes on their home pages or primary link pages ( 3 ). Endocrinologists and diabetologists seeking to direct patients to reliable consumer-level Continue reading >>

Diabetes: Sources Of Support

Diabetes: Sources Of Support

By the latest estimate of the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. If that's the case, why do so many people with the disease feel so alone? For people with diabetes, it isn't always easy to get support. Your friends and family may not really understand the disease, and your doctor -- the person who knows your condition best -- may not give you as much time as you would like to listen to your concerns. Moreover, while those around you may not need to watch what they eat, people with diabetes must constantly be vigilant. No matter how isolated you feel, help may be closer than you think. With just a little encouragement, friends and family could become more supportive than you ever imagined. Preparing your questions for your doctor in advance can help you get the most out of each visit. You can also join a support group or find an online community of other people who share your condition. With so many people on your side, you'll have an easier time controlling your diabetes and getting on with your life. Here's a look at some of the most common sources of support: Patients who have a caring network of family and friends are much more likely to take control of their diabetes, according to experts. Caring, however, doesn't always mean knowing what to do. If the people around you aren't making your life easier, they may just need a little prodding in the right direction. You can start by educating them about the disease. They may have some misconceptions -- for instance, people with diabetes can never eat sugar -- that get in the way. Just as important, you have to tell them what kind of support you need. Do you want help planning meals and keeping track of blood sugar, or do you just want a little encouragement and understanding? Once they Continue reading >>

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