Diabetes on the Net
When you’re looking for diabetes information on the Web, you can find anything from reliable, straightforward sites to sites that exist only to con you into buying their stuff.
For straightforward information, The American Diabetes Association (ADA)(http://www.diabetes.org
) is a good place to start. You’ll find news articles, basic diabetes information, a daily recipe, and other helpful material. You can also enter your ZIP code for information about diabetes-related events taking place in your area.
A worthwhile site for children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes—and for their families—is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
). This site offers comprehensive information about current research initiatives, chapters and affiliates near your home, diabetes publications you can order, stories of how diabetes affects patients and their families, etc.
If you’re interested in reading about complementary and alternative treatments for diabetes, visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s “Treatment Information by Disease or Condition” page
). From there, you can click on the topics under diabetes. The NCCAM site also enables you to access a database called PubMed
). You can search for information and find listings of articles and sometimes the full text of the actual articles.
The National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s foremost biomedical research institution, has a branch called the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders
). Much of the information on the site is similar to that of the ADA, but there’s also more detailed material about other conditions that may affect people with diabetes, such as kidney failure. Check this site out and compare it with the ADA’s site. You may prefer one over the other.
If it’s recipes you’re after, visit Diabetic Gourmet Magazine (http://www.diabeticgourmet.com/
). It has a lot of interesting recipes, but you’ll also find news articles and general information about living with diabetes.
About health information on the Web…
When searching the Internet for health information in general, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Commercial sites—those that focus strongly on products for sale—may make it difficult to determine whether the information the site provides is designed to increase sales or to truly offer reliable material. Use your judgment and talk with your doctor if there are products you’re interested in trying.
- Check to see when the information you’re looking at was last updated. Sites that carry a lot of old material may not be your best bet for good information.
- Use the information you get on the Internet as a kind of springboard for discussion with your doctor. It’s common to find conflicting or incomplete material when you’re searching the Net. A conversation with your doctor can help clear up any confusion.
American Diabetes Association; National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders; The Rand Corporation;