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Diabetes in Social Media
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More than 200 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide and it is one of those medical conditions that are covered in details online. The medical blogosphere and the community sites are very rich in diabetes-related content.

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Diabetes Community Sites, FaceBook Groups and Forums



Community Sites and Forums


DiabetesSupport


  • Description: An online community where you can exchange knowledge and experiences with other people with diabetes.
  • Quality: Supported by Diabetes UK.

DiabetesSupport

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ParentingDiabeticKids.com


  • Description: "As much as they’d like to, most people just don’t “get” what it’s like to parent children with diabetes. The reality of what we live day-to-day is something that can only be completely understood by other parents who shuffle to bedsides at all hours of the night and know that the difference between a tsp. and a Tbsp. is much more than it seems."
  • Quality: The authors are Jeff and Natalie Kolok.



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Reality Check


  • Description: "The Reality Check website is managed by The Type 1 Diabetes Network Inc., a non-profit organisation run by a small team of dedicated volunteers, all of whom have Type 1 diabetes themselves. "
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

RealityCheck

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dLife


  • Description: "Welcome to the leading online diabetes resource. dLife is THE place for all aspects of your diabetes lifestyle, offering information and community support for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and caregivers. From questions about blood sugar to delicious diabetic recipes, we're here to help. "
  • Content: Blogs, podcasts, recipes, questions and answers, forums, TV and news.
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

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TuDiabetes


  • Description: Today, TuDiabetes.com® is an Online Community where the members help each other out, educate ourselves and share the steps we take every day to stay healthy while living with this very serious condition."
  • Content: >7000 members, blogs, forums, events and news.
  • Quality: It is run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

TuDiabetes

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My Life - for young people with diabetes


  • Description: A series of community sites providing children and teenagers with information on diabetes management.
  • Content: Stories, guides and suggestions.
  • Quality: The project of Diabetes UK.

My Life

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Juvenation - A Type 1 Diabetes community


  • Description: "DRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research."
  • Content: Blogs, groups, videos and forums.
  • Quality: Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $156 million in FY2008. In FY2008, the Foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, grants in laboratories, hospitals, and industry, and fellowships in 22 countries.

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Diabetic Connect


  • Description: "We make it easy to start conversations, share recipes, ask questions about diabetic products, and much more. Our hope is to give you the support and information you need to live a long healthy life with diabetes."
  • Content: Discussions, blogs, events, product reviews.
  • Quality: Member of the Alliance Health Community.



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SugarStats


  • Description: "SugarStats gives you a simple and easy-to-use interface to input and access your data from home, school, work, when you're on the road or just about anywhere at all. All you need is a web browser and the desire to take control of your diabetes."
  • Content: Graphs and Trends, Twitter Integration, Mobile Edition.

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My Food Advisor


  • Description: It helps you learn what you can it as a diabetic patient.
  • Content: You can explore foods or search recipes.
  • Quality: Managed by the American Diabetes Association

My Food Advisor

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Living out Loud with Diabetes


  • Description: "A Positive, Fun, Informative Community for Diabetics and those that Love 'em"
  • Content: Discussions, events, forums, photos and videos.
  • Quality: A free-to-use forum and community site.

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Children with Diabetes


  • Description: "The mission of Children with Diabetes, Inc. is to promote understanding of the care and treatment of diabetes, especially in children; to increase awareness of the need for unrestricted diabetes care for children at school and daycare; to support families living with diabetes; and to promote understanding of research into a cure. "
  • Content: Forums, care suggestions and you can also ask the medical team.
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

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Diabetes Handprint


  • Description: "At OneTouch®, we believe that when we all speak together, our voice will be heard. That’s why, inspired by The Word in Your Hand™ Project found on Tudiabetes.com®, we created the Global Diabetes Handprint. "
  • Content: You can share your story or read others.
  • Quality: Courtesy of LifeScan.

Diabetes Handprint

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Voices of Diabetes


  • Description: "Join the Voices of Diabetes community where people living with diabetes, loved ones, and diabetes educators all share their perspectives on coping with diabetes. Get insight on self-care topics ranging from meal planning tips to ideas for staying active. Discover a vibrant community or submit and share your own strategies for managing diabetes. "
  • Content: Tips about how to manage your diabetes.
  • Quality: Novo Nordisk has a strategic alliance with the Mayo Clinic to improve the management of diabetes.

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The Diabetes Resource


  • Description: "Your ultimate guide for everything diabetes related."
  • Quality: "TheDiabetesResource.com is the first ultimate diabetes directory that branches out into all areas of diabetes."

The Diabetes Resource

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eHealthForum - Diabetes Forum


  • Description: "Welcome to the Diabetes Forum - a health community featuring member and doctor discussions ranging from a specific symptom to related conditions, treatment options, medication, side effects, diet, and emotional issues surrounding medical conditions."
  • Quality: It is accredited by HONcode.

eHealthForum Diabetes Forum

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MDJunction - Diabetes Groups




  • Description: "A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Diabetes together."
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

MDJunction Diabetes Support Groups

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MedHelp - Diabetes Communities



MedHelp Diabetes Communities

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Revolution Health - Diabetes Community


  • Description: "Revolution Health offers trusted health information, expert advice, drug and treatment information, doctor ratings, and a strong community to help you and your family with health issues."
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

Revolution Health Diabetes Community

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WebMD® - Diabetes Community


  • Description: "Diabetes isn't just a disease, it's a way of life with blood glucose monitors, diet, and everyday challenges. Get expert input and member advise here."
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

 WebMD Diabetes Community

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HealingWell - Diabetes Forum


  • Description: "HealingWell.com is a thriving social network and support community for patients, caregivers, and families coping with the daily struggles of diseases, disorders and chronic illness."
  • Quality: Health content is contributed by reputable health organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Mediwire and e-HealthSource.

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HealthCentral - Diabetes Community


  • Description: "Make a connection, ask a question, share a concern, give advice or just chat. Our message boards connect you with a community of people who understand where you’re coming from and what you’re going through."
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

HealthCentral Diabetes Forum

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Healia - Diabetes Online Health Communities and Support Groups



Healia Health Diabetes Communities

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Inspire - Diabetes Community


Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 Support Group.



  • Description: An online community connecting patients with diabetes, and their caregivers, family and friends.
  • Quality: Inspire connects patients, families, friends, caregivers and health professionals for health and wellness support. Inspire works with trusted health partners to build safe and secure health and wellness groups.

Inspire Diabetes Community

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Diabetes Counselling Australia


  • Description: Diabetes Counselling Online is an online diabetes counselling, education and support service for all Australian people living with all types of diabetes, their families and friends. Our aim is to connect people with diabetes and their families to a better quality of life. Our focus is on wellbeing and mental health. We offer a unique diabetes virtual team that is online, personalised, professional and understanding. We aim to respond to each individual who approaches us, with a direct, personalised response to their needs. We have been online since 2001 and are very experienced at offering services to people using email, chat sessions and social media, in particular on Facebook.
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.



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Diabetes Forum


  • Description: "Diabetes Forum is one of the best web resources for Diabetes and Diabetics. It provides members with content and a community to connect them together, helping each other to better manage their Diabetes."
  • Quality: Introduction of authors and contact details are available.



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FaceBook Groups


Facebook is a free social networking site where users can join groups. In these groups, members can post messages, interact with others or find relevant content. A few of the numerous Diabetes groups:


Diabetes UK


  • Description and content: "Diabetes UK is the largest charity in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes."

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Diabetes


  • Description and content: "The reason why I'm given you this information is because I've got the condition myself. I did not know i had it until i went for a medical for a job, the nurse told me I had to much sugar in my urine..so I did not pass. I went to my GP and after a few tests she told me I had the condition, now I'm doing my best to control it."

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  • Description and content: "This is a group for anyone living with diabetes, anyone affected by the disease, or anyone that would like to know more about it. Feel free to post links, information, events, etc.."

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Gestational Diabetes


  • Description and content: "A group open to people affected by Gestational Diabetes to share stories, recipes and most important: advice."

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American Diabetes Association


  • Description and content: "The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public."

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Diabetes Hope Foundation


  • Description and content: "Diabetes Hope Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and adolescents living with diabetes. Diabetes Hope Foundation enables young children and adolescents to aspire to their full potential through education, self-management and future independence."

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


  • Description and content: "This group is dedicated to those who live with diabetes, know someone with diabetes, or who just want to be part of the JDRF family. JDRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes."

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Diabetes Support Group


  • Description and content: "Support for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics and friends and families."

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Other projects


Kerri Morrone Sparling at Sixuntilme.com participated in the Diabetes 365 project.

"Over the last 366 days (leap year added the extra challenge), I've lived my life with my camera at the ready, snapping photos of everything from CGM sensors to snacks ... and the moments in between. I thought that the Diabetes 365 project would make me feel like diabetes is an overwhelming facet of my life, but instead I've seen that diabetes truly does not define any of us. We can grab pictures of our meters and our pump sites, but there's also so much LIFE going on between all these moments of diabetes management."



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More than 200 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide and it is one of those medical conditions that are covered in details online. The medical blogosphere and the community sites are very rich in diabetes-related content.