Useful Websites

Some websites listed below are treasure houses of information. They offer great resources for patients and others interested in diabetes—videos, tutorials, interactive programs, and information on insurance (including Medicare), financial help, clinical trials, genetics, and legal issues.

In addition, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) offers a lengthy Directory of Diabetes Organizations—government agencies and other associations that provide diabetes information and resources for people with diabetes, the general public, and caregivers. The NDIC publication includes contact information, websites, mission statements, and services. Some sources in our Useful Websites also appear in the NDIC list.

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/resources/Directory_Diabetes_Orgs_508.pdf

 

Finding Reliable Information on the Web

When you’re surfing, look for websites of major medical organizations, the federal government, and universities.

Check to see when the information was uploaded or updated; outdated information can be worse than useless. Usually you’ll see a date at the beginning or end of the file. Keep in mind that some fact sheets from government sources include data from many millions of people, so data two or three years old, even older, may be the most recent available. When viewing older data, look for statements such as “Last reviewed” and “Last edited,” with dates, indicating that someone has checked to see that older data are still accurate.

The National Library of Medicine offers an excellent tutorial to help you find reliable information on the Web. See “Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.”

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval_start.html

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Reports, reviews, and other resources from a government agency

www.ahrq.gov/browse/diabetes.htm

 

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Resources from an association of health care professionals dedicated to promoting diabetes self-management

www.diabeteseducator.org

 

American Diabetes Association

Reports, educational materials, and information on living with diabetes

www.diabetes.org

 

Centers for Diabetes Control and Prevention

Resources from a government agency dedicated to translating science into daily practice

www.cdc.gov/diabetes

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes Data & Trends

Data on the number and percentage of the U.S. population with diagnosed diabetes

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prevalence_national.htm

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

Surveys and statistical data on diabetes and other diseases

www.cdc.gov/nchs

 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Information from a government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

www.cms.hhs.gov

 

Department of Veterans Affairs

Information on preventive, clinical, spiritual and nutritional services available to veterans

www.va.gov/diabetes/#veterans

 

Diabetes Monitor

Information, education, and support for people with diabetes

www.diabetesmonitor.com

 

Harvard School of Public Health (1)

Thousands of articles on all aspects of diabetes

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/search/?q=diabetes

 

Harvard School of Public Health (2)

Detailed information on nutrition; the Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/

 

Indian Health Service Department of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

Resources for preventing and treating diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives

www.ihs.gov/medicalprograms/diabetes/index.asp

 

International Diabetes Federation

More than 230 national diabetes associations in over 170 countries representing people with diabetes, and those at risk

www.idf.org

 

Joslin Diabetes Center (affiliated with Harvard Medical School)

Information on type 1 diabetes; also general diabetes resources

http://www.joslin.org/

 

MedFetch

A medical search engine for repeated searches of the medical literature

www.medfetch.com

 

Medline Plus

An informational service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

 

National Diabetes Education Initiative

Clinical information, clinical guidelines, patient education, and other resources

www.ndei.org

 

National Diabetes Education Program

Publications and other resources from a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations

http://ndep.nih.gov

 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Statistics, publications, links, clinical studies, links to other resources, FAQs

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/

 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Information on NIDDK, its programs, and NIDDK-supported research

http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

 

PubMed

More than 430,000 diabetes citations from medical journals

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Enter diabetes in the search box to find a multitude of patient-related diabetes topics

www.healthfinder.gov

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

Information from an agency dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations by helping to eliminate health disparities

www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Guidelines to improve management and outcomes of patients with diabetes or other conditions in the Department of Defense and VA Health Care Systems

www.healthquality.va.gov

 

WebMD

Enter diabetes in the search box for information on a wide variety of topics

http://www.webmd.com