With almost 350 million people affected worldwide in 2014 and with that number increasing daily, diabetes has become a bit of a headline-grabber. Probably one of the more “famous” diseases out there. But even though most people have heard of diabetes not a lot of people know what it actually is. “It” is not really one thing. There are different types, they’re treated in different ways, some cases are preventable, others aren’t. Confused yet?
Hopefully our whiteboard and some of the other resources below can help you better understand this chronic condition. Is there a video or website that has helped you that we missed? Let us know by submitting it to us in the section at the bottom of the page!
|The ABC's of Diabetes
||Here's a short presentation from on the importance of knowing about and managing the ABC's of diabetes. Please excuse the poor sound quality - we recorded this in a bathroom.|
The Best of the Rest
|A Day in the Life of Diabetes
||From the American Diabetes Association, this page links to three different personal stories of daily living with diabetes.
||This really shows how different the experience of diabetes can be depending on the person and their situation. Candid stories from expert patients along with some great photography from a Pulitzer prize winning photographer.|
|Joslin Diabetes Interactive Learning Center.
||A series of interactive courses to help you understand diabetes.
||You have to register for these courses but they're free and there are lots of useful interactive-learning topics listed. If you don't want to register, you can browse through of the many other resources on the site.|
|Diabetes and the Body - An Animation
||If you want to understand how diabetes works, spend 8 minutes watching this animation from Diabetes UK
||This is a great way to start learning about diabetes - especially if you prefer visuals to reading. Also, the lead actor is excellent and he has a remarkable ability to make different parts of his body glow. Check it out for yourself.|
|Living with Diabetes: A Documentary by Natasha Tiajean
||Natasha is a teenager living with type I diabetes. In this documentary she interviews her peers and teachers and talks to her mom about what it's like to be a caregiver for someone with the disease.
||When it comes to getting real insight into living with a disease, nothing beats the patient perspective.|
|You Can Do This Project
||Here's the description from the site "We are a grassroots video movement by and for people with diabetes: validation and encouragement through honest talk. Share your diabetes story, and be a light in someone’s darkness."
||A very cool project for those who want to connect with other diabetes patients and caregivers. Gives you lots of options for participation - you can just watch or read posts, join social media groups or share your story using video, blog or podcast.|