Diabetes self management

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.

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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.

1. Scott’s Diabetes Blog
Minneapolis-based Scott K. Johnson has lived with type 1 diabetes for 37 years, and he’s been writing about it for 17 of them. In that time, Scott’s become a voice for the diabetes community, and his blog reflects that. Recent posts focus less on Scott’s personal experiences managing diabetes and more on his experiences engaging with others to fight for a cure.

He reports on conferences, cool trips like one with the Novo Nordisk cycling team, and the latest in diabetes research. Scott’s posts are still personal, but the focus on community success makes this a great blog for anyone wanting to feel a little more connected to the diabetes community at large. Visit blog.

2. 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 barbecuing diabetes-friendly foods, the benefits of having an exercise physiologist, and understanding oxidants and diabetes complications. Visit the Speaking of Diabetes blog.

3. Diabetes Developments

Diabetes Developments is the creation of David Mendosa. David is a medical writer, advocate, and consultant specializing in the area of diabetes, and he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994.

Being diagnosed with diabetes changed David’s focus, pushed him to change his lifestyle, and made him learn as much as he could about the disease. Visit the Diabetes Developments blog.

4. Thefitblog

Tobias and Christel created TheFitBlog diabetes blog as a place where people can find useful and readily accessible information about exercising safely and effectively with diabetes. Posts mostly focus on workout tips and healthy recipes and are filled with positive motivation to help people to take charge of their health and diabetes management.

Christel’s latest blog posts include content such as how to treat low blood sugar (when all you want to do is eat everything in sight), how to manage your diabetes, make healthy food choices, and find time to exercise when traveling, and the pros and cons of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Visit TheFitBlog.

5. Six Until Me

Kerri Morrone Sparling started Six Until Me diabetes blog in 2005, fuelled by exasperation when presented with lists of complications and frightening stories after Googling “diabetes.” She questioned where all the people like her were, who had lived with type 1 diabetes since early childhood.

Upon starting the blog, Kerri was one of only a few diabetes bloggers. But now, she says, she is a proud member of a vast diabetes community who write about the condition and share stories, proving that they are not alone with the disease. Visit the Six Until Me blog.

6. College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization that provides programs to connect and empower students to thrive with diabetes. The CDN’s website provides tools and resources to help students with diabetes live a healthy life. It also aims to facilitate connections between students and local resources, and it is a dynamic resource for parents, family members, clinicians, and campus staff. Visit the CDN blog.

7. Diabetes Foodie

Shelby Kinnaird is the Diabetic Foodie and is the next diabetes blog. If you have diabetes and are looking for recipes, have a family member that has diabetes, or just want to eat healthfully, the Diabetic Foodie is the blog to visit.

Shelby found out she had type 2 diabetes in 1999. Fast forward a few years, and Shelby began reading about new foods and experimenting in the kitchen, adopting a philosophy of eating that used fresh, local foods and incorporated lean proteins, healthful fats, and non-starchy vegetables.  Visit the Diabetic Foodie blog.

8. Bitter-Sweet

Karen started her diabetes blog Bitter-Sweet in 2008 and has since become immersed in the online diabetes community. She says that the tagline of her blog sums up what she has come to realize over her years with diabetes: “life with diabetes isn’t all bad.” Visit the Bitter-Sweet blog.

9. Children’s Diaetes foundation

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to diabetes research and providing clinical and educational programs for individuals with the disease.

The foundation raises funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. With her husband Marvin Davis, Barbara Davis established the CDF in 1977. She has collaborated with diabetes organizations nationally to focus on diabetes education, care, prevention, and cure. Visit the CDF blog.

10. Our Diabetic Life

Meri’s blog posts are from the heart, and they include a reenactment of changing her teenager’s set, a life of “probably” and how the Dexcoms that her boys wear have been life-changing, and an account of the cost of diabetes. Visit the Our Diabetic Life blog.

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