Diabetes Support Groups
Living with diabetes is easier with the support of others. There are several groups to turn to in order to learn more about diabetes and get the help you need to live with, or care for someone with, type 1 diabetes.
Many diabetes support groups meet in different types of buildings, such as hospitals, community centers, and churches. Check with a local hospital or diabetes education program about joining their local support groups.
Diabetes magazines can be a good source for finding blogs and for helpful food and lifestyle tips. Check the local library for magazines that can be read for free.
Family and friends can also be an excellent source of support.
The diabetes care team is also a source of support. They can help you find out about:
- Follow-up care
- When and how to get emergency care
- How to get diabetes supplies, education, and services paid for
- Community resources for information and support
The following groups have national headquarters as well as local chapters. To find their local chapters, check your phone book, go to the group's website, or contact the national office.
American Diabetes Association 1701 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) Email: AskADA@diabetes.org www.diabetes.org
Children with Diabetes, Inc. 8216 Princeton-Glendale Road, PMB 200, West Chester, OH 45069-1675 www.childrenwithdiabetes.com
The College Diabetes Network 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 www.collegediabetesnetwork.org
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 Phone: 1-800-533-CURE (533-2873) Fax: 1-212-785-9595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jdrf.org
Visit these websites for online diabetes support:
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- National Diabetes Education Program
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
- The diaTribe® Foundation
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The Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach
For additional online support, register for the Diabetes Health Coach. It features:
- A learning and action plan designed just for you or your loved one—based on answers to certain health questions
- Online coaching sessions and videos on topics that matter to people dealing with type 1 diabetes
- Tools and trackers to monitor progress
- Tips and reminders to help at every step