Diabetes is a disease that affects one in ten individuals in the United States, and this number could triple over the next few decades. As one of the leading causes of serious health problems and death in this country, it is urgent that we begin to examine the factors that contribute to the development of this disease and ways to control it. Managing diabetes through diet and nutrition has proven to be very effective for most diabetics and prediabetics, and this is encouraging, considering the high price of health care for this growing sector of the population. As with anything, prevention is the best strategy, but if you or a loved one has already been diagnosed with diabetes, taking charge of your health is a must. The following sites will supply you with lots of great recipes and exercise plans that will fit into just about any lifestyle, as well as articles dealing with issues pertinent to the diabetic population.
Diabetic Lifestyle is a terrific resource for newly diagnosed individuals in particular. The site is broken down into five components: Daily Living, which gives an overview of issues diabetics typically encounter, from medical treatment to solutions to problems on the job to menu planning; Diabetes Basics, which is filled with articles that explain the symptoms and treatment options for types one and two diabetes as well as various solutions for the myriad health issues that accompany diabetes; the Newly Diagnosed section has more general articles pertaining to changes in health insurance, diet, lifestyle, and exercise that will follow a diagnosis of diabetes; the Exercise component offers in-depth discussions of various exercise plans, including several low-impact options like water aerobics, enjoyable ways to get exercise, and tips for healthy weight loss; finally, Diabetic Recipes features dozens of healthy, high-fiber and high-protein recipes that are searchable by main ingredient, course, and occasion. This feature is sure to come in handy around the holidays, when unhealthy food and drinks are all over the place. There are even recipes for the Super Bowl, so you’ll never miss out on a good time.
Diabetic Gourmet Magazine
As the name would suggest, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine is filled with delicious and healthy recipes for diabetics. Each recipe is accompanied by a photo and basic nutritional information. The site also features articles of all sorts for diabetic and parents of diabetic children. Of particular interest may be the tips on dining out, the tips on savvy grocery shopping, as well as the many forums you can read. If you subscribe you can join in on the discussions, too. There are several articles which specifically address issues concerning men, pregnant women, teenagers, different ethnic groups, types one and two diabetes, and caregivers for elderly and juvenile diabetics. There are several videos that cover a range of healthy lifestyle topics, including gardening. And don’t miss the promotions and giveaways portion of the site where you can enter to win things like gourmet cookware, or just download coupons for diabetic-friendly foods and accessories like insulin monitors and special socks and shoes.
DLife is a site devoted to taking charge of your life rather than letting your diabetes control you. This site also features lots of tips on navigating the restaurant world, but the suggestions for fast food restaurants and sporting events are really great. There is a separate page for sit-down restaurant options, including Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and American grilled cuisine. The dining out page also exposes processed, artificial foods like nondairy substitutes and cheese food products as the heath saboteurs that they are. The exercise and fitness pages on this site focus on issues like weight loss and blood pressure control, and has a lot to say about weight loss drugs and surgery. Download the free meal and exercise journal to keep track of your daily habits. What sets this site apart is the Video and More section, which of course, has tons of videos ranging from how-to cooking and exercise tutorials to television interviews with doctors and cookbook authors, but also features quizzes, polls, podcasts, and slideshows. Subscribe for free to join forums and receive the sites newsletter and free cookbook.
American Diabetes Association
Naturally, the American Diabetes Association has a fantastic site with more to offer than you might expect. While there is plenty of helpful information for those living with diabetes, there is also a great deal of literature that deals with the prevention and delay of type 2 diabetes, and links to programs working to find a cure for the disease. On the page devoted to advocacy, you can find events and organizations near you and sit in at home on webinars devoted to issues surrounding diabetes. Another valuable asset that sets this site apart is the availability of Spanish language information. Individuals of Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing diabetes and this site addresses this thoroughly. There are also tons of great recipes and exercise plans, and plenty of success stories to keep you feeling positive in the face of this challenge.
The Diabetes Club
The Diabetes Club is a good-looking blog written by nutritionist, Emilia Klapp. The articles are laid out neatly like playing cards with a blurb and an image that you can click to read more. The Diabetes Club was developed to help people with Type 2 Diabetes and issues like weight, high cholesterol and high blood pressure that tend to accompany the disease. The topics covered here range from rating blood glucose monitors to the value of nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids in a healthy diet. As a dietitian, Emilia Klapp focuses in on the power of good foods to help you manage your diabetes. The articles under the heading Heart Disease are not to be missed if you want to try using superfoods in your nutrition plan. The store has several good books for sale, which you can download to your e-reader for a low price if you prefer. You can subscribe to The Diabetes Club’s RSS feed if you want to stay current with the blog.
The recipes at Natural Diabetics run a bit on the starchy side and there aren’t many of them. They rely heavily on artificial sweeteners as well, which to this reader don’t seem particularly natural. However, the articles pertaining to diabetes management have a good measure of analysis, weighing the virtues of several dietary concerns: is agave the miracle sweetener for diabetics? What about garlic, cinnamon, and acai berry and the magical properties each has been thought to have? And of course, what’s the deal with artificial sweeteners? The prevention page is loaded with articles about food, nutrition, and exercise as well and offers plenty of advice on getting used to counting carbs if you are newly diagnosed. Stay inspired by reading success stories from others who have learned to manage their diabetes through the use of diet and exercise.