Today, many people turn to the Internet to find everything from old classmates to popular restaurants. However, it’s becoming increasingly common that people look to the web to find other information as well. Health and wellness are huge topics on-line and as people become more web-savvy, they often turn to this popular platform for health advice.
For people with diabetes, there is a wealth of information now available beyond their doctor’s door. Of course, going on-line is no substitution for actual medical consultation with a doctor, but it can help to inform and educate you.
For instance, if you have found out that you have diabetes, but are having difficulty with the treatment your doctor prescribed, it certainly couldn’t hurt to go on-line and find out about what other options might work for you. This can do two things. First of all, it prepares you so that when you go to the doctor, you can more accurately describe your side effects and symptoms, and talk to him about your situation.
Second, the Internet can also give you a quick course on what the treatments entail and what the definitions are for medical jargon. Then, when your doctor is describing the next course of action to you, you can actually understand what he/she is talking about. This way, you can work together with your doctor to decide if the new therapy is something that can really work for you.
Before you go on-line to start picking up tips on how to best handle your disease, there are some things that you should know. First of all, it’s important you realize that not all Internet sources are accurate and reliable. There are some web sites that may have a hidden agenda of selling products — and they may give you misleading or one-sided information on what they are trying to sell.
What you need to do is look for unbiased, educational web sites. Some of the best places are the American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association. The Centers for Disease Control’s web site also has a lot of great information on diabetes .
Using information from these sites, as well as those focusing on the nutrition aspects of diabetes (i.e. Calorie King and Mendosa) could help you walk more confidently into your doctor’s office. These sites also provide you with ongoing information that can guide you when your doctor isn’t available. So, try consulting the Web as well as your doctor.