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Diabetes Resources

By David Mendosa

Last Update: December 24, 2001

Web sites and books are the best sources of extensive information about diabetes. Both are valuable, but serve different functions.

The hundreds of Web sites about diabetes can provide more current information, but range from the superb to awful. Books, on the other hand, have a generally higher standard but may be dated.

Best Sites and Books

Recommended Web Sites:
The American Diabetes Association has not only the biggest Web site about diabetes, but many people also think that it's the best. With everything from basic diabetes information to official clinical practice recommendations for physicians, this site has something for everyone. Recently redesigned, it's now easier than ever to find what you need. The address:

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is the leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research. Its Web site is particularly strong in research findings about type 1 diabetes. The address:

The U.S. government's leading diabetes organization is Health Information: Diabetes of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health. It has dozens of fact sheets about all aspects of diabetes, none of which are copyrighted and can be freely copied. The address:

Diabetes123 is one of the most comprehensive sites about diabetes. The most popular part of the site is "Ask the Diabetes Team," which has answers from endocrinologists and other diabetes professional to more than 10,000 questions. Chat rooms and mailing lists also get many visitors. The address:

Recommended Books:
For type 2
Just published, Gretchen Becker's The First Year—Type 2 Diabetes takes you through everything you need to learn and do each day of your first week after your diagnosis. Then here's what you need to know and do for each subsequent week of the first month and each subsequent month of the first year. Published by Marlowe & Company, New York, this 320-page paperback lists for $14.95.

For type 1

The Discovery of Insulin by Michael Bliss is the brilliant, definitive history of what is arguably the most significant medical event of modern times. It is certainly the most important medical discovery for anyone who is insulin dependent. This is the gripping story of how Frederick Banting against all odds discovered insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921-22. The 1984 University of Chicago Press reprint edition remains in print. This 304-page paperback lists for $18.00. 

This article originally appeared in PrecisionTM TakeCharge News, Welcome Edition, October 2001, p. 8.

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