Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.

When you have diabetes, regardless of how long it’s been since your diagnosis, it’s important to find a group of people who understand what you’re going through; people who will be supportive and understanding. This support can come from a group or forum online, one in your city for “in real life” contact, or by way of diabetes blogs.

I find that reading about what others are going through is helpful, regardless of their type of diabetes. I realize that I’m not alone in my struggles and triumphs. Just knowing that someone else has experienced the frustrations of dealing with diabetes makes it a bit easier to take. Reading that others have been able to get past a situation that I may be dealing with gives me hope that I can too. There is a huge community of people who write blogs about their experiences with diabetes. There are people with type 1, type 2, LADA and parents of children with type 1. There’s something for everyone, but it can be daunting to find these blogs. This article is meant to be a guide to assist you in finding what you’re looking for.

Of course, you can use Google to search for blogs, but the websites that are often first on the list are those from the ADA, WebMd or other established medical sites. If you’re looking for personal experiences, it can be tiresome to wade through them all.

Here’s somewhere to start that may make the search a bit easier. Every month, Sara at ​Moments of Wonderful hosts the Best of ‘Betes blogs. People can nominate a post that they especially liked in a wide variety of categories. A full list of ​winners in each category can be viewed on the website.

The majority of diabetes blogs are about T1; there are very few blogs about T2. ​The Type 2 Blogger List is a great resource for directing you to blogs specifically about T2.

Once you get started it becomes easier to find other blogs. I highly recommend that you read some of these blogs for great insight into dealing with diabetes. You are not alone.

To learn more on this topic:

Diabetes: A Sometimes Lonely Road
"I Feel So Alone Dealing with Diabetes"
How to Talk About Diabetes