I started writing this a while back. I know I haven’t posted much lately so figure I should start finishing some of the stuff I started to write about. Hopefully I will be able to get into writing again. I don’t plan on writing much but I figure once a month or once every few weeks should do. Don’t want to bug my readers too much. I started this blog to tell my story and what has worked for me. The search engines have been good to me and I get about 5 or so visitors most days. But I should be posting at least several times a year.
Diabetic Social Networks, Forums and Discussion Websites
Over the last several years I have found and joined many Diabetic Websites. Mydiablog is a new Social Networking website where people can go and ask questions or post discussions topics related to diabetes. David Mendosa wrote a post about the site and I followed the link and joined. I join most websites similar to this one when I find them online. I don’t always participate or give advice or tell my story. Some places I find I really don’t feel to comfortable joining in the discussions.
A while back the creator of Mydiablog asked us bloggers who joined the website to post a review of the website. So I decided to not only due a review of his website but decided to add a page on my website for people needing a place to learn and discuss
Diabetic questions and concerns.
Some of these websites have lots of information for you to research diabetes. Some are just social networks with little or no information other than what’s discussed in the sites blogs or discussions groups. Some have live chat rooms and some you have to post a question and over several days people will respond with there opinions.
Some opinions are good and some not so good. You have to read what people are saying and with your knowledge of the subject matter at hand, have to decide for yourself what’s good and what’s bad.
If I post on these websites, I usually will post what I believe has helped me with controlling my blood sugar. I may join other discussions but usually only respond to people looking for help with controlling their blood sugar. Most of the people I post my story to are either newly diagnosed or have been struggling for years and have not been able to control their blood sugar. Some were diagnosed years before and when complications set in start looking for help. These are the sites I found so far where people can join and discuss diabetic related topics. All are free to join and I don’t really recommend one over the other. Of all the sites here I spent most of my time trying to reach out and help people on Diabetic Connect.
Diabetic Connect http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?by=newest
I joined this website over a year ago. I regularly post here every week. There are lots of good people here who will try and help anyone who is looking. Some have been around for a long time and some have just joined. This is where I spend most of my time and efforts.
This is the first place I joined and started posting my story about what I believe has helped me the most. I spent about a year here posting mostly in the Introduce Yourself section of their Forum. I used to spend like 3-5 hours everyday reading and writing and posting. Then one day I had some issues with some of the moderators and found it was better for me to just move on than to stay there and fight with the moderators. I recently went there to visit and took a look at the Forum. It was like a ghost town. There used to be several new members logging on everyday and lots of discussions going on, now I seen maybe 1 or 2 new member for the week and only a couple of people participating in the discussions. I thought that maybe one day I might return and post to some new people looking for help. But since I visited there I don’t think they have enough people there to help. Probley will not go back.
I took out the link to this site because it no longer is valid. I joined here shortly after joining Dlife. It was a site mostly with young type 1 diabetics. I liked the site and would go there once in a while to see what was going on or what was new with the site. Christopher Thomas founded the site and I thought it was well done. I recently tried to follow my bookmark and there is a totally different website there. Its still about diabetes but not the same as it was. Its no longer I discussion website.
Diabetic Diet Secrets http://www.diabetic-diet-secrets.com/
I joined this website about a year ago. Toma Grubb developed this site. When you join he has a free e-book you can download. I think some of the stuff he writes about is a little extreme but most of it is good advice and he has lots of info if you’re new to diabetes. I would recommend joining and reading as much as you can. I did. I hardly go there now. He doesn’t have a lot of traffic and I was spending a lot of time on Diabetic Connect so I will visit once in a while and that’s about it.
Diabetes daily http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/
I joined this website some time ago. I don’t think I even finished my profile there. I spent several days looking around and never even posted a comment there. I recommend you visit and if you like what you read you can always join in. I just never really felt comfortable there. No particular reason I can think of. Maybe I was just busy with Diabetic Connect and didn’t have the time.
Diabetes forum http://www.diabetesforum.com/forum.php
I joined here a while ago. I didn’t really feel to comfortable posting there and spent a few weeks going their reading posts and discussions. I don’t think I ever posted anything in the discussions there. Hardly ever go there. I recommend you visit and see if you fit in or not.
This site has a discussion forum. I joined a while back and may have posted some comments. I spent a few days going there reading posts in the discussions section and hardly ever go there now.
Diabetic Social Network http://diabetic-social-network.com/index.php
This was a new diabetic social network. It got about 100 members and died. I used to go there everyday and read whatever someone was posting. It was the first site I joined that had live chat room or you could chat with any member who was logged on. I’m not one for the chat room scene much. Most of the time when I go to websites with live chat I will go invisible or not log in. Anyway the site is still there the last time I checked but the owner no longer moderates the site and the spammers have taken over. I liked the site but when the spammers took over I stopped going there.
This is another new diabetic social networking site I joined last winter or early spring. There is a live chat room or you can chat live with other members who are logged on. David Mendosa blogged about this site when it first came online. That’s how I found out about it. I joined and it has grown to about 400 members so far. There has been some issues with the site lately but the owner has decided to continue supporting the site for now. I recently volunteered to help moderate the site. So I will be logging on most days checking to see if there is any moderating to do. The owner and moderators would like for this site to take off and become popular. So if you like live discussions or chatting live with other members I would recommend you join and look around. There are a lot of good people here trying to make the site successful. I’ll probley be logged on most days after work or mornings on the weekends. Hope to see you there.
This is another website were they have discussion groups. I spent a few days here reading some discussions and may have posted here. I don’t visit here anymore but you maybe interested in what the site has to offer,
This isn’t really a diabetic website. But they have several sparkteams or groups dedicated to low carb cooking and diabetes. I am a member of several of these groups. Sparpeople also has a recipe analyzer that I use when figuring out how many carbs fats protein and stuff is in the foods I make. The nutrition labels you see posted with my recipes are done there. They also have a nutrient analyzer where you can input all the foods you eat and it will break down the carbs fats and proteins percentages of what you eat. It will even let you add your recipes to the analyzer. I use it all the time. I need to spend some time on there soon so I can plan my meals so I know how many calories I’m eating. I have been gaining weight lately and want to start monitoring what I eat. Need to cut back somewhere and the analyzer will help me to determine serving sizes. This is what I use. You can always go there to see if it may help you also.