You don’t need to feel alone in your journey with diabetes. Whether you’re interested in joining a lively online community, in need of advice from someone who understands what you’re going through, or looking for educational tools to help you or a loved one manage diabetes, there’s resources and support out there for you. Peer support can be found in many different places, and can truly make a huge difference on how you not only manage you or your loved ones diabetes, but also cope with it, too.
1. Local Support Groups
Local support groups are a great way to find peer support. These face to face meetings give you an opportunity to meet people in your community that are also managing diabetes, either for themselves or a loved one. You may learn about different diabetes management techniques you have not tried before, the latest in diabetes technology, and just have that person that is willing to listen and understand. Find a local support group near you through ADA, JDRF, or Diabetes Meetup.
2. Social Media
Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter offer a lot of opportunities for peer support. Whether you’re living with type 1, type 2, or LADA, or are a parent, caregiver, spouse, or child of a person with diabetes, Facebook has several diabetes related groups you can join to ask questions, voice concerns, and share personal experiences. This is also a great place to learn about new technology, diabetes management, healthy eating, and find blogs written by other people with diabetes. You can also easily reach people from all across the world, which means at any time of the day, there will be someone to talk with.
3. MiniMed Ambassadors
Making a connection with someone who has been through similar experiences is invaluable. Whether you’re just diagnosed, have questions about living with an insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM), or facing new challenges as a parent of a child with diabetes, connect with a MiniMed Ambassador who’s been there too. They are available to have honest one-to-one conversations about first-hand experiences of life with diabetes, and can help you have a better understanding of what life is like on an insulin pump and CGM.
4. Diabetes Communities and Blogs
There are several diabetes communities and blogs to connect with others living with or caring for someone with diabetes to share knowledge, stories, and support, and build long-lasting friendships. Here’s a few:
- JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Share knowledge, stories, and support in one of their online groups, connect with a mentor who’s been in your shoes, or email their online diabetes support team for 1:1 support.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) strives to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by this disease. Participate in one of the various message boards or explore events in your community.
- Glu is an online patient and caregiver community focused on driving faster, better research to improve outcomes in type 1 diabetes. Join one of the many groups focused on topics you’re interested in most, read a variety of articles from parenting and nutrition, to educational information, or learn about the latest research.
- Diabetes Daily is an online type 1 and type 2 diabetes community focused on helping people with diabetes thrive. Join one of the diabetes forums, or read one of many articles focused on all things diabetes.
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