Diabetes Support and Empowerment through Social Media

Categories: Lifestyle

One of the biggest factors in positively managing your diabetes is how much support you have from others.  Let’s face it, living a healthy life and regularly testing your blood glucose can be exhausting.  And, like many big lifestyle choices and changes (though this one is biologically chosen for you), it is difficult to be successful without solid support from others.

Successful management of diabetes is no different.  If you feel like you are not alone on your path to living a healthy lifestyle, one that aims at keeping diabetic incidents and repercussions at bay, you are more likely to succeed in your efforts.

Social Media Can Help Tremendously

The value of a peer-to-peer social network can be extraordinary and immeasurable.  Healthcare providers encourage all diabetic patients to seek support for successful management.  But, did you know that online resources can be just as effective as family and friends (if not more so) in reaching out?

This is because when you seek help online, you can find other people who share the same struggle.  In doing so, the feeling of being alone is reduced and sharing takes on a whole new meaning when you find someone who understands what you are going through.

So, reach out.  If you take the time to become a part of an online community or simply read about others who share in managing their diabetes, it can be a great comfort, motivator, and source of inspiration.  In conclusion, I’m simply going to keep reaching out and I hope you do too!

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 10-3-2013, 9:00 AM

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