Top-picks for diabetes self-management resources (plus delish recipes)

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If you have diabetes, wouldn't it be nice to have one place for diabetes self-management resources? Do you have a family member with diabetes, and you're on the lookout for educational support toward their healthy lifestyle? Here are some of my favorite websites for diabetes self-management resources, self-care, and recipes.

Diabetes self-management resources

Our favorite diabetes self-management resources take out the guesswork

When you have diabetes, your daily list of habits to stay on top of your blood sugar feels complicated and involved! Blood sugar testing, trial-and-error medication, do's and don'ts of everything you eat -the list keeps growing. Oh, and don't forget about making time for exercise.

Here are some of my favorite websites to help you optimize your health and get the support you need if you or a loved one has diabetes.

Why these made my "top-picks list"

Basic information on diabetes

Whether you are newly diagnosed or want to review, these websites provide important information about what is happening in your body and why controlling blood sugar is vital.

American Diabetes Association

A trusted resource for credible information about all-things diabetes, the ADA or American Diabetes Association provides evidence-based education, delivers community-based services, conducts research, and advocates for those living with diabetes.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Facts about Diabetes and Prediabetes

A government organization, the CDC works hard to protect the health of all Americans. You will find evidence-based guidelines, facts about diabetes, and how to manage it on their website. They also offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program or NDPP at no-charge around the country. Click here to find a recognized program near you.

Self-management resources

Diabetes Self-Management Magazine and Website

Both an online resource and a print magazine, the Diabetes Self-Management Magazine is my favorite magazine for people with diabetes. It contains accurate information, tips, and recipes.

Joslin Diabetes

A trusted resource for all things related to type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, the Joslin Diabetes website includes extensive information across the lifespan on topics such as diet, exercise, and wellness, as well as on-going research.

NIDDK's National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (English & Spanish)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is a government organization dedicated to providing evidence-based information about diabetes and related diseases. Their website includes health information, resources, research, and news.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD)

A comprehensive resource for patients and health professionals alike, the TCOYD site strives to educate, motivate, empower, and inspire people with diabetes and those who care about them. The group seeks to provide written and video content and extra resources to encourage individuals to take a more active role in managing their diabetes.

diaTribe

diaTribe is a non-profit, patient-focused online publication. Their website covers a wide range of topics related to type 1 and type 2 diabetes, such as medications, new research, new technologies, recipes, advocacy, and education. They translate medical information into easy-to-understand information for individuals with no medical background.

Dlife

Though Dlife receives various corporate sponsorships, their website is informative! It includes general information about all types of diabetes, diabetes self-management resources, recipes, medication, exercise information, etc.

Diabetic meal planning and recipe resources

American Diabetes Association online recipe service
Information on the Diabetes Plate Method, detailed information about carbohydrates, easy to prepare online recipes, and cookbooks.

Diabetic Gourmet
An online dietary guide and a print magazine with lots of tasty recipes.

Tasteovers by Jackie
The author of one of my favorite cookbooks, "The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook," writes the delicious blog "Tasteovers."

EatingWell Created by a registered dietitian, EatingWell's 7-day, 1,200-calorie meal plan bursts with inspiring and healthy meal ideas, all of them chock-full of whole-food ingredients. Highlights calorie and carbohydrate information for each meal and snack. Use MyNetDiary's recipe import feature to track additional vitamins and minerals not initially available with the recipe.

Type 2 Diabetes
I like the healthy and easy to prepare recipes listed on Type2Diabetes.com, many of which were submitted by registered dietitians. All of their recipes include nutrition facts, which helps you quickly see if the recipe works for your eating plan. The organization's mission is to help individuals with type 2 diabetes learn and connect with peers and health professionals. It is part of Healthunion.com.

A few of my favorite MyNetDiary recipes to jumpstart diabetic meal planning

Breakfast

Tofu breakfast scramble or kale and cheese omelette with fresh berries

Lunch

Chicken vegetable and bean soup or Mason jar Asian chicken salad

Snack

Energy trail mix or carrots and hummus

Dinner

Turkey chili or garlic chili baked salmon with roasted sweet potato and veggies

More help

Tracking

MyNetDiary free app + Premium membership
Available for iPhone, Android, and the web app. Track diet (supports total carbs, net carbs, and diabetes carb count), blood glucose, medications, and exercise in one place. Additional features such as iPhone Health app integration, low-carb premium diet plan, and detailed reports are available.

Best apps of 2020 for managing diabetes

Adapted from original content by Kathy Isacks MPS, RDN, CDCES

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Diabetes->Other Resources
Jan 25, 2021
Joanna Kriehn
Joanna Kriehn, MS, RDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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