Diabetes

Diabetes internet resources

A wealth of information is available on the Web to help you live with and manage your diabetes. But as with anything you can find online, you should be careful to seek information only from credible sources.

General diabetes information

The following sites offer general information about diabetes and diabetes management:

American Diabetes Association
An excellent site to keep up-to-date on all aspects of diabetes; includes information about research, prevention, nutrition, weight loss, events and more

National Institutes of Health Diabetes Information
A wide variety of diabetes resources in both English and Spanish; includes quizzes and other interactive tools.

Healthy Women Diabetes Center 
This resource from the National Women's Health Resource also includes questions to ask your health care professionals about diabetes.

Weight Control Information Network
An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
This resource from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases includes an A to Z listing of diabetes topics and a wealth of information about treatments, disease complications, research and more.

Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Resources for Consumers
This resource from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services includes information about children and diabetes, personal diabetes care record cards, prevention, risk tests and more.

MedlinePlus: Diabetes
A rich library of diabetes resources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

The Diabetes Monitor
A site designed as a resource for diabetes patients to educate themselves about their role as active participants in their care.

National Diabetes Education Program
NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations. Includes a monthly e-Newsletter.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Includes information about type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) daily care and treatment, coping with emotional demands and helping delay the onset of complications.

Diabetes Self-Management Blog
A reputable diabetes blog that is monitored by professionals and sponsored by the Diabetes Self-Management publication.

dLife
dLife is a large repository of information for diabetics, including food, fitness, videos and forums.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
The Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) is dedicated to improving the health of people at risk for or with diabetes.

Medications and insulin

A wealth of information is available on the Web to help you live with and manage your diabetes. But as with anything you can find online, you should be careful to seek information only from credible sources. The following Internet resources regarding diabetes medications and insulin are recommended by your UW Health diabetes care team:

General information

Medicines for people with diabetes - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
This resource from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse includes medicine planning forms that you can print out and personalize to meet your individual needs.

Oral medications 

Insulins

Travel tips

Food, diet and recipes

A wealth of information is available on the Web to help you live with and manage your diabetes. But as with anything you can find online, you should be careful to seek information only from credible sources. The following food, diet and recipe Internet resources are recommended by your UW Health diabetes care team:

General nutrition and food resources

  • USDA My Pyramid: Offers information about the kind of healthful eating that can prevent high blood pressure. Try its interactive MyPryamid Tracker to help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.

  • International Food Information Council Foundation: Science-based information on food safety and nutrition, as well as a variety of informational booklets.

  • FitDay: Includes an online diet and exercise journal.

  • American Dietetic Association: The American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, and its Web site offers timely, science-based food and nutrition information.

What's in my food?

  • MyFood-A-Pedia: Find the calories and MyPyramid food groups for a food, or compare two foods.

  • CalorieKing: Finds calorie counts for thousands of foods.

Meal planning

Cookbooks and recipes

  • Shop diabetes cookbooks: A variety of cookbooks categorized to fit your specific needs.

  • The Happy Diabetic: Professional chef Robert Lewis was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998, and has been developing new recipes and nutritional tips ever since.

Diabetes devices and tracking tools

A wealth of information is available on the Web to help you live with and manage your diabetes. But as with anything you can find online, you should be careful to seek information only from credible sources.

The following Internet resources regarding diabetes devices and tracking tools are recommended by your UW Health diabetes care team:

Glucose meters and diabetes management
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - When people with diabetes can control their blood sugar (glucose), they are more likely to stay healthy. People with diabetes use two kinds of management devices - glucose meters and other diabetes management tests.

Lancing devices and sharps disposal
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Lancets and other lancing devices are sharp blades or needles used to obtain blood samples for glucose testing.

Insulin delivery devices
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - All insulin delivery devices inject insulin through the skin and into the fatty tissue below. Most people inject the insulin with a syringe that delivers insulin just under the skin. Others use insulin pens, jet injectors, or insulin pumps. Several new approaches for taking insulin are under development.

Insulin pumps
Information and illustrations from MedlinePlus.

Exercise and diabetes

A wealth of information is available on the Web to help you live with and manage your diabetes. But as with anything you can find online, you should be careful to seek information only from credible sources.

The following Internet resources regarding exercise, fitness and diabetes are recommended by your UW Health diabetes care team:

Interactive tools

Community activity resources