Diabetic Communities and Resources to Fuel Your Fight
There’s no denying that dealing with diabetes can be hard at times — but we’re here to remind you that you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in every 3 Americans suffers from prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to fighting this disease, finding a community of people who truly understand what you’re going through can make all the difference. After all, how many more times can you hear someone ask, “Was it because you ate too much sugar?”
These diabetic communities and resources can help fuel your fight with Type 2 diabetes. Keep reading to see just how sweet the journey can be!
7 Sweet Diabetic Communities to Join
1. American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) seeks to educate and help those with diabetes by funding research to manage, cure, and prevent the disease. The ADA hosts many events throughout the year to not only raise money and awareness, but to also build its community of people that are dedicated to its mission. From fundraisers and drives to camps and educational programs, the ADA is an excellent diabetic community to be involved in!
2. S2 Community for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Swee2ooth is more than just a diabetes supplement — we’re a community of people dedicated to fighting (and reversing!) Type 2 diabetes. Our shakes alone might not change the world, but we can fuel the ones who will.
Our exclusive S2 Community on Facebook is filled with people that are personally experiencing Type 2 diabetes. By joining our group, you’ll gain access to a community of people who get it. Share tips and tricks, ask questions, find solutions, vent frustrations, and most importantly, feel supported by a group of people just like you. Click here to join!
Contrary to popular belief, you can have a sweet life with diabetes! ASweetLife is a digital magazine that features topics that are important to diabetics, such as lifestyle, diet, news, and management tips. ASweetLife advocates for the importance of carbohydrate restriction and posts plenty of low-carb recipes. This community’s goal is to show people that life with diabetes can be normal — and even sweet!
4. The diaTribe Foundation
If you’re looking for your tribe, look no further than the diaTribe Foundation! This online publication seeks to empower its readers with information that can help make sense of diabetes. The diaTribe not only wants to make the lives of people with diabetes healthier and happier, but also wants our society to get serious about tackling the disease itself. For a community that’s dedicated to digging into the issues and initiating change, get involved with the diaTribe!
For a community that feels like family, it's time to meet your new diabetes sisters! A community made for women and by women, DiabetesSisters is a space where any woman living with diabetes can come to find emotional and peer support. The group has locations in over 15 states, and holds both in-person and online meetups for its community. To find your nearest DiabetesSisters location, click here.
6. Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Here at Swee2ooth, we frequently advocate for the fact that you can take control of your diabetes — and the same is true for this community. Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) believes that every person with diabetes has the right to live a happy and healthy life. To empower its community, TCOYD hosts virtual conferences and events that are packed with inspiring speakers, motivational workshops, and cutting-edge diabetes education.
7. Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is dedicated to curing diabetes once and for all. In fact, the Diabetes Research Institute is one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers that’s committed to curing diabetes. By getting involved with this community, you can stay up-to-date on their progress towards a cure, as well as be part of the cure yourself. Whether you make a donation, attend an event, or create your own fundraiser, you’ll be able to make a difference.
The Benefits of Being Involved in Diabetic Communities
Get and Give Support
There’s no denying that having diabetes can be difficult and lonely at times — especially if no one else in your inner circle also has the disease. But, the good news is you don’t have to fight diabetes alone!
Meeting other people who are also living with diabetes can help you emotionally, socially, and even physically. Having a diabetic community that you can lean on and turn to is one of the best resources to help fuel your fight. This community will be there for you to share the highs and the lows. Rejoice in the wins (like lowering your A1C) and ask for support when you need it most. No matter what, your diabetic community will be there.
Gain Access to Accountability Partners
If you’re living with diabetes, you know all too well the strains it can put on your life. By getting involved with a diabetic community, you’ll gain access to a community of peers who can hold you accountable during your journey.
Whether it be your medication program, diet, exercise plan, or glucose monitoring, there is so much value in talking to people who are going through the same thing. For those days when you’re having a hard time lowering blood sugar levels, finding the motivation to exercise, or when you just can’t say no to a sweet treat, you can trust your diabetic community will hold you accountable.
Ask Questions and Find Answers
If you’ve got questions, then there’s a good chance your diabetic community will have answers! Although you should always go to your doctor for any serious medical questions, just think of your diabetic community as another tool to add to your arsenal. Whether you’re looking for the best diabetic-friendly recipes, tips to beat cravings or intermittent fast, or you’re having a hard time keeping your blood sugar levels in check, your diabetic community can be an extremely valuable resource.
Stay Up-To-Date on Diabetes News and Research
They say that knowledge is power, and this statement holds true when it comes to fueling your fight with Type 2 diabetes. Most of the communities that we mentioned in this blog are filled with plenty of helpful resources and informative news about diabetes. By joining a community, you’ll be able to learn all about the latest diabetes research, technologies, treatments, and more.
If you’re craving even more diabetic-friendly content, check out the other blogs on our site!
Advocate for the Diabetic Community
If you aren’t doing this already, it is important to use your voice and advocate for the diabetic community. Many of the organizations we talked about hold fundraising events to raise money and awareness for diabetes. There is strength in numbers, and your community can come together to spread awareness and initiate conversations about diabetes. Whether your community is in-person or virtual, you can still find ways to speak up and be advocates for Type 2 diabetes.
Related: How to Be an Advocate for the Type 2 Diabetic Community
The Journey is Sweeter Together
Want to get involved with a group of people who are fighting Type 2? We might be biased, but we think our S2 Community for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes is the community for Type 2 diabetics.
By joining our community, you’ll gain access to exclusive Swee2ooth updates, recipes, challenges, and more! But more importantly, you’ll gain access to a group of people who understand what you’re going through, and will be there to support you during the highs, the lows, and everything in between.
Click the button below to join our sweet community. We can’t wait to see you there!