Medical News Today summed up ten of the best diabetes blogs. Sadly, we weren’t one of them (there’s no justice in this world), but they did make some great suggestions that I want to check out.
Why blog about diabetes? When I was first diagnosed, there were few opportunities to meet other people with diabetes. Weirdly enough, I grew up in a tiny town (population sub 2,500), and five of us were diagnosed with type 1 in a short space of time. I did have other diabetics around me, and my mum ended up developing a close friendship with the mother of one of them.
That said, though – we didn’t have that much information at our fingertips and in those days, the GP, the consultant and the diabetic nurse were autocratic figures. No-one challenged them or the recommendations they made.
Fast forward thirty-odd years and millions of people share their experiences of living with diabetes, types 1 and 2. Obviously, we don’t all have medical qualifications, and can’t and shouldn’t offer medical advice but we can tell stories about what has worked for us.
We can share our experiences of how we exercise, what we eat, what we do to prepare for holidays – it’s all about how we live as well as we can with the ol’ sugar curse! Online friendships and communities can’t replace real-life meetings and connections, but they do go some way to making you feel less alone with your diabetes.
So, here are some of Medical News Today’s best blogs about diabetes that I’m going to be investigating…
Bitter-Sweet – Karen Graffeo was diagnosed at the age of eleven and remembers daily insulin injections, a strict exchange diet and sugar monitoring involving urine and glass test tubes. (Me too!)
She started Bitter Sweet in 2008, tagline “life with diabetes isn’t all that bad”.
The College Diabetes Network sounds useful for anyone (or the parents of anyone) about to go off to college/university. It can be scary for both prospects, and the site provides the tools and resources that can help people with diabetes live well as students. Categories include clinics, student rights, job opportunities, dining hall eating, relationships and more.
The FitBlog is run by husband and wife team, Tobias and Christel Oerum. Christel has type 1 diabetes, and the site is for people to find out more about exercising safely and efficiently when you have diabetes.