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Diabetes Resource Round-up

In the March 2013 issue of School Nutrition, author Dayle Hayes reviewed the facts you need to help prevent diabetes for yourself (and your family) and the basic information you need to work with your healthcare provider, if you are ever diagnosed with diabetes.

If you are interested in learning more about diabetes, this list can get you started, and you also may want to check with the education department at your local hospital or clinic, which may have classes and/or lending libraries of education materials.

American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers in-depth information about all types of diabetes, including gestational and type 1. Information also is provided in Spanish. Anyone recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can enroll in a free Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program. Forecast, ADA’s magazine, has reviews of diabetes care products, such as self-monitoring blood glucose meters and diabetes apps for your smart phone or tablet.

Another valuable online resource on type 2 diabetes are the American Academy of Pediatrics’ just-published guidelines on managing type 2 diabetes in children.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse is a federal website maintained by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of National Institutes of Health (NIH). It offers the latest research information on all types of diabetes, as well as hundreds of links to national, state and local resources. It also is home to National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), which provides many free online diabetes management tools.

Many major health websites offer special sections and services for people with diabetes. For example, the Mayo Clinic has a free subscription e-newsletter, Controlling Your Diabetes, which can help you to stay up to date on diabetes topics. The WebMD Diabetes Center offers a multimedia approach with videos and slideshows, as well as recipes and tip sheets.

Social media and the diabetes online community (DOC) recently have become popular places for people with diabetes (PWD) and their diabetes educator/healthcare providers (DHCPs) to connect with peers across the country and around the world. Sites like Diabetes Blog Network (and Facebook pages such as Diabetes Hands Foundation) can help you find just about anything about diabetes, from eating on vacation and being a mom of a child with diabetes (CWD) to clinical research trials and living with an insulin pump. As with anything else online, these sites are always “reader beware,” so remember to verify anything you read with your healthcare providers.