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A keyword search of “diabetes” is likely to call up a huge number of Web sites, not all of them reliable sources of information. After all, virtually anyone can create a Web site and make statements about diabetes, true or not. Here are a number of Web sites we’ve discovered that seem to offer reliable information about diabetes.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The ADA offers information about diabetes in the form of recent news releases and brief, informative articles about diabetes, its management, and its complications. Visitors can also view selected articles from the ADA’s professional journals and its consumer magazine, Diabetes Forecast.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The NIDDK is one branch of the massive government health agency, the National Institutes of Health. In addition to information about other digestive and kidney diseases, “NIDDK Health Information” provides diabetes-related information on alternative therapies, high-risk ethnic groups, diet, recipes and cookbooks, complications, foot care, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), noninvasive blood glucose monitoring, and pancreatic islet cell transplantation. It also includes “What’s New” (news releases about NIDDK and diabetes and other diseases), links to other diabetes organizations, programs, and researchers, and bibliographies on selected subjects.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC contains information on diabetes and many other public health problems. Diabetes information, found under “Health Topics A to Z,” includes general information about diabetes, the demographics of diabetes, a report on physical activity and health from the Surgeon General, and the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)

The JDRF is a nonprofit agency whose goal is to promote diabetes research. The Web site focuses primarily on information related to diabetes research and its funding, including brief items on JDRF’s research initiatives, chapters, fund-raising events, and publications. It includes a handful of articles from its consumer magazines, Countdown and Countdown for Kids, and issues of the newsletter put out by its government relations department, The JDRF Washington Report. JDRF also offers a number of books on diabetes management and psychosocial issues that may be ordered online.

Joslin Diabetes Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center offers a mother lode of information on managing diabetes. “Diabetes News” offers news about diabetes taken from the media and medical journals, including research at Joslin. Its online diabetes library includes articles on diabetes basics, monitoring, insulin, oral agents, nutrition and exercise, and diabetes complications (including sexual dysfunction). The site also offers a catalog of books, magazines, videos, and software; three specialized diabetes bulletin boards; descriptions of programs for adults and children; and information on volunteering for clinical trials.

Children with Diabetes

Children with Diabetes has a wealth of information on Type 1 diabetes, especially in children, including general articles on diabetes, its classifications, complications, school and day-care issues, sick days, emergencies, travel, research into a cure and complications, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, position statements from the American Diabetes Association, advice on “cyberquackery,” and a diabetes dictionary. It also has news, profiles of people with diabetes, and an interactive advice feature called “Ask the Diabetes Team.”

The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes is a diabetes and endocrine care program in Denver, Colorado. The Web site contains information about the center and about Type 1 diabetes. It also has the full text of the book Understanding Insulin Dependent Diabetes by H. Peter Chase.

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