I referred briefly in my last posting to the fact that I was diagnosed recently with Type 1 diabetes. Initially it was thought I had Type 2, but this is usual in later life or linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and/or obesity, and I’m in pretty good shape.
Type 1 means insulin dependency, Type 2 can be managed for the most part with other drugs and a change in lifestyle. My sister has been insulin dependent since the age of 7, so it didn’t come as a big surprise to me, but took a bit of getting used to. Now that it has settled down a bit, I’ve felt better than I have in years and am in what is known as the honeymoon period, where my insulin dependency is small because my body is still producing some. This could change in 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years.
I’ve been looking around for some online resources to make my life easier, and here’s what I’ve found so far:
- Diabetes Federation of Ireland
- Slovenian Diabetes Association
- American Diabetes Association
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (US)
- Canadian Diabetes Association
- Diabetes UK
- On-line Diabetes Resources (at mendosa.com) – an exhaustive list, and even though much of the software is out of date there should be something for everyone.
- SUGARpoint – this is the service I use. I upload data such as blood glucose levels, insulin doses, and so on. I can then get back nice tabular data and charts for personal records or to bring along to my doctor.
If you are diabetic and use any other resources, I’d love to hear about them here..