10 Best Blogs About Living with Type 2 Diabetes
Eileen Bailey | May 14, 2018
There are numerous blogs that can give you insight into living with type 2 diabetes, provide help in overcoming challenges, and offer you inspiration at times when everything seems overwhelming.
Diabetes Stops Here
The blog Diabetes Stops Here, is run by the American Diabetes Association. It offers stories from people living with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. You can read about people living with diabetes and people who work to end diabetes. For example, one blog showcases a group that went to Capitol Hill to advocate for people living with diabetes. Another blog focuses on health professionals who treat children with diabetes.
The Decadent Diabetic
Do you think that once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes you have to say good-bye to delicious, decadent, and satisfying foods? The blog, The Decadent Diabetic, is written by a chef with type 2 diabetes. He shares diabetes-friendly recipes that will make you completely rethink what you can eat.
The Type 2 Experience
The blog, The Type 2 Experience, is all about personal stories and experiences of living with type 2 diabetes. Read about Bea’s experience of trying to enjoy a holiday meal with family members constantly looking over her shoulder to make sure she is eating right. Or Kate’s perspective on the stigma of living with type 2 diabetes. You are sure to find blogs that are closely aligned with your own struggles.
If you’re looking for practical information you can use every day, then Diabetes Daily is a great blog. Blogs are divided into categories to make it easy to find what you are looking for. You can read about treatment, diet advice, and managing complications of diabetes. There are also downloads filled with information, such as insulin resistance and treating low blood sugar.
The blog dLife has posts full of self-care tips, such as counting carbs, portion control, eating out with diabetes, making your own protein snacks, and tips for those who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. It also has an expert Q & A section full of common questions people have about living with diabetes and answers from experts.
DiabetesSisters is a blog for women with diabetes. There are separate blogs - one for type 1 and one for type 2. The blog was founded in 2008 by a woman who was diagnosed with diabetes in her teens and realized how little information was available specifically for women with diabetes. The blog aims to offer education and support to women of all ages who are living with diabetes.
diaTribe’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. There is a variety of columns that offer a great deal of information on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Each column has a specific focus, for example, Adam’s Corner discusses daily challenges, Learning Curve looks at the science behind the news about diabetes and Thinking Like a Pancreas provides diabetes management tips.
Diabetic Foodie is another blog to help you eat well with diabetes. Shelby Kinnaird is a self-proclaimed foodie who happens to have type 2 diabetes. On her blog you can find delicious recipes for dinners, such as Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese, side-dishes, drinks, breads and even desserts, such as Dark Chocolate Crepes with Berry Sauce. Shelby’s philosophy is that “a diabetes diagnosis is not a dietary death sentence.”
Started by Sue Rericha, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, Diabetic Ramblings, recounts the difficulties and triumphs of living with diabetes. A few of her blogs include living with the stigma of living with diabetes and managing the financial burden of living with a chronic illness.
Diagnosed not Defeated
This blog was founded by Phylissa Droze, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011. Diagnosed not Defeated shares information on diet and recipes, fitness and exercise, travel, and tips for those who are newly diagnosed. Phylissa was the first person in her family diagnosed with diabetes and she used her blog to reach out and connect with others who were living with diabetes 2. She is also the founder of Black Diabetic Info, a website that provides accurate and culturally-competent information to people in black communities.