New Online Diabetes Resource From

By HealthDoc Latest Reply 2010-07-14 10:56:23 -0500
Started 2010-06-23 12:04:04 -0500

Hello to all of my Diabetic Connect friends. After speaking with John, I'm pre-releasing my diabetes primer today for your information and comments. This e-book resource mirrors the work I do as a Diabetes Educator at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, California. I'm hoping this information will stimulate some lively discussion on the basics of good diabetes self-care. I hope the information I've compiled is helpful, but also hope that all of you can help me add important information I may have left out. In any case, the end goal is the same; to prevent diabetes when possible with early intervention strategies, and prevent health complications in those already diagnosed with type-2. Thanks in advance for your help. Good health.

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GabbyPA 2010-06-23 18:04:49 -0500 Report

You know, if I had gotten something like this from my doctor instead of a pill and a pat on the back, I would have left feeling at least like I had a chance. This is great for folks that are facing the diagnosis. The only thing I didn't see mentioned in your symptoms was thirst.
I do agree with KD, that the other types of diabetes could be touched on, as it would help with a more clear diagnosis if the patient could ask questions to get the doctor to look beyond the "typical" diagnosis.
If it is going to be a booklet form to give to patients, I don't think you need the divisions, but if it is going to stay in the on-line form, some sections would be helpful.
Over all, I have to say that I really like it. To cover every thing takes a big book, but this will give people a great jump with some typical questions answered. Great Job.

kdroberts 2010-06-23 12:36:34 -0500 Report

It's pretty good. Have you considered splitting it into sections and having a side menu to make things easier to find and for people not to get bogged down? Things like diagnosis, diet, medication, types of diabetes, tests, etc? I think it would make the page a lot cleaner and more useful to not have everything on one page.

There seems to be a lot of info missing about treatment. You have oral medications listed but it doesn't seem to include DPP-4 inhibitors Januvia nad Onglyza or any of the incretin mimetics like Byetta, Victoza or Symlin. It also doesn't address the different types of insulin available, at least not that I can see.

Maybe it's going into too much detail for what you want but non of the less common, "newer" types of diabetes seem to get a mention. Things like LADA and MODY. Although I am glad that steroid induced diabetes was mentioned because usually it's not. The definition of type 2 seems a little confining as well. What about the type 2's who are not really insulin resistant but who still produce insulin, just not enough?

The last major thing I think is missing is the emotional side. You have a lot of the nitty gritty but nothing that really addresses the denial, the isolation, the fear, the depression, etc that goes along with being diagnosed and living with the condition.

HealthDoc 2010-07-14 10:34:28 -0500 Report

thanks kd for your suggestions. I've made some changes to the format and content. Good health, David

kdroberts 2010-07-14 10:56:23 -0500 Report

Very nice. I'm also ecstatic that you included this line since it's not often mentioned by doctors.

"One word of caution. DPP-4 enzyme is known to be involved in tumor suppression, which leads some researchers to fear that inhibiting this enzyme may spur the growth of certain cancers. Speak to your doctor about this if you're taking DPP-4 inhibitors or considering it. "