The American Diabetes Association has an excellent website, and it also publishes many self-help books for patients. You can also seek out local diabetes support groups through your local hospital or pharmacist or by searching on the Internet. There are support groups that cater to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, those using insulin pumps, and families who have children with diabetes. These groups enable people with diabetes to share experiences and enhance their knowledge about diabetes self-management.
There are also many Internet websites devoted to diabetes. They vary in the quality of information they provide, so you may want to go to the websites of professional organizations like the ADA first. You can also look at the Canadian Diabetes Association and the British Diabetes Association websites (see Resources). Once you get good basic information, then you can go to websites that cater to specific issues like insulin pumps or diabetes and exercise. Information about diabetes medications changes rapidly, and there is usually good information at the website of the manufacturer of a particular drug.
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