Diabetes, a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Reports say that 30.3 million US adults have diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.
Diabetes is divided into three types, Type 1 and Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Read more about this here.
There is a lot that one gets to hear and read about diabetes. But, is the disease so frightening and terrifying? Yes, if not diagnosed on time and not managed well diabetes can be a life-threatening disease. So, if you are a health-conscious person and reading this you may be wondering that what if you are diagnosed to be a diabetic, how will you manage your health, where can you get tips on food, exercise, and other things. Do not worry, there are support groups and online communities for Diabetics where you can discuss a range of topics with other diabetics.
Listed are 10 such support groups that can be of assistance:
1. American Diabetic Association(ADA)
The ADA has an online support group for diabetics. It is an active group where people discuss and share their experiences on various topics related to diabetes. The interface is very simple and easy to navigate. They have separate groups for Pre-diabetics, type 1, type 2 and also caregivers. People discuss their food habits, exercise and medications and much more. You can visit the group here
2. Diabetes Sisters
The founder of this organization was diagnosed with diabetes when she was a teenager. She found that there was very little information or services available for women from diabetes. This inspired her to start an organization for women suffering with diabetes. The organization offers a range of educational and support system services to women suffering from all types of diabetes. They have webinars with doctors on various topics related to diabetes and advice from experts too. If you like meeting and interacting with people then sign up for PODS (Part of Diabetes sisters). You can learn more about diabetes sisters through this link.
TuDiabetes is an online space where people with diabetes or their loved ones can find support, help each other and share their experiences on how they manage diabetes and stay healthy. The discussion forums are open to people of all ages, people suffering from the different kinds of diabetes and for caregivers too. People from all these categories across the world are welcome to join the discussion and share their experiences. About the organization and also find recipes for diabetics on the site click here.
4. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The primary focus of the organization is research. They are trying to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. As part of this endeavor, they also share new treatments and therapies that can make life easier for people suffering from Type1 Diabetes. JDRF has chapters across the USA. These chapters organize meets with other patients, family picnics and talks by experts on various issues related to Type 1 Diabetes. Learn more about JDRF click here.
This is another online support group from JDRF. Like others, they have discussion threads on various topics. The active members are quick to respond and offer support and suggestions when asked for. They have a separate discussion forum for parents and caregivers too. The site also offers resources on Type1 Diabetes and organizes events across their various chapters. You can read more about them here.
Myglu is again a community for those suffering from Type1 Diabetes. The organization is focused on research. People suffering from Type1 Diabetes and their caregivers form the crux for Myglu. They also offer support to existing diabetics and their caregiver through their online support forum. About the group and so sign up to view more details click here.
7. Children with Diabetes
This group offers something more than what others do. Yes, there are discussions and exchange of information. But what stands out is that they have sections where children who are diabetic can post their poems and art. The organization believes that art and other creative forms can help a child deal with their condition. Apart from recommending good books they also have an online resource for educational scholarships and financial aid. To go to their site click here.
8. PEP squad
PEP Squad is a group of parents of children with type 1 diabetes who support each other during different life stages and experiences with the disease. The group is open not only for parents but for other caregivers too. The group clearly states that it is only a forum to exchange experiences and views and not for any medical advice. This support group is on Facebook and here is the link to their page click here
Inspire is an online community for many health issues and yes, diabetes in one of them. They have discussions and communities discussing 17 different issues related to diabetes. Some of the topics include diabetic diet, diabetic foot, diabetes, and pregnancy. There is a lot of sharing of information and resources on this
10. Students with Diabetes
This is a peer and professional network for students and young adults living with Diabetes. The organization sets up communities in various universities across the USA. Diabetic students who become members discuss the challenges they face and with peers discuss how to overcome their challenges. They also share information on recent researches and organize conferences for their members on relevant topics. Students with diabetes has its presence in universities across 38 states of USA. Click to visit their page.
With so much support available online and offline one doesn’t need to dread the disease. A word of caution, however, is that use these groups only to discuss non-medicine issues. Your doctor or only a medical professional can give you sound guidance and advice on this topic.
So, don’t fight diabetes but, manage it with diet, exercise, and medicines. This will help you to overcome the illness and lead a better life!THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO.