Diabetes.org is the comprehensive Web site to learn everything about the condition. Run by the American Diabetes Association, it is the best resource for up-to-date information on research, advocacy, prevention and community. It also has extensive recipes.
The Internet truly has changed the face of communities around the world. Whatever your interest or lifestyle, there is a message board or forum to talk to others with similar experiences.
Regardless of your hobbies or ailments, it's a wonderful world we live in to have such easily accessible support communities available.
Another great site is The Diabetic Food Critic (www.diabeticfoodcritic.com). This is an independent Web site created by a lifelong diabetic who was interested in finding and reviewing healthy foods. The reviews are excellent.
They discuss taste and thoroughly cover all the products' nutritional information with a clear point system. I love that idea; personally, as a health-conscious woman I wish more reviews and recipes would include this information. The minimal advertising on the site is another bonus. The one improvement I would suggest is to open up the Web site with a forum section for other people to discuss the products being reviewed.
Another super-useful Web site is WebMD (www.webmd.com).
If you're anything like my mother-in-law, this is set as your home page.
Luckily WebMD is available with the facts whenever she hears of another super rare disease that (she's convinced) she has somehow contracted in rural Maryland.
Even if you haven't contracted avian bird flu, WebMD is a great place to read about current issues in health care. Their guides are top-notch, including sections for symptoms, tools and tests. What may be the most useful area of the guides is the Drugs category.
If you are at home and have a question about a prescription, this is a great resource.
I wouldn't recommend it over talking to your pharmacist, but it is nice to have backup if your doc is unavailable and questions arise. Once again, WebMD provides a message board for users to post questions.
There are also government Web sites available.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) is a good resource. Health and safety topics, products and statistics are neatly grouped. The index is easily found if you have a specific topic in mind.
Not nearly as helpful is the Food and Drug Administration Web site. The site is handy for immediate updates about scares, such as the spinach E. coli outbreak.
The rest of the Web site is clumsy for the amount of information the FDA is trying to contain.
That's understandable, there is a lot of data to corral, but p.s. FDA: Try drop-down menus!
For the folks at home all I can suggest is to be persistent while searching. In honor of the month, I entered "Diabetes" and didn't find the proper portion of the Web site for a few links. In a perfect world, it would be the first and most relevant site. Alas, the world is not perfect, is it?