There are literally millions of websites that address a variety of heath interests. You can find information on healthy lifestyles, diets, exercise programs, supplement, and any number of “solutions” to health problems. It’s important to know the source of the information on the internet. If the site is trying to sell you a product or plan be very leery. Many online remedies or “cures” are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. Here are a few that I have found to be reliable and helpful.
WebMD was created and is run by medical doctors. It offers medical information on a broad base of health interests. You can look up symptoms, treatments doctors, prescriptions, supplements, pregnancy and see the latest news and articles about developments in the medical field. You can even live chat with a physician. This is a good site for reliable information but is not a substitute for face-to-face medical care.
American Diabetes Association
The ADA provides information on the latest medical developments in the treatment and management of all types of diabetes.
What I like most about this site is that it has a meal planning tool and a host of cookbooks that make healthy meal planning simple and easy for anyone who wants to improve their diet. I’m especially fond of the “split page” cookbooks that offer 30 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. Each page is split into three sections, so you can chose breakfast from day 5, lunch from day 27 and dinner from day 16. The combinations allow for nearly endless variety. They also offer several ethnic versions for even more diversity!
dLife is a website dedicated to diabetes management. Along with information about diabetes, the site offers weight loss tips, stress management, news and recipes. They do lean more toward a high protein, low carb diet so be sure to check with your physician before making changes.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. It is a great resource learn about various medications and diets that may impact diabetes management. Some completed studies also publish the results of the trial. You can narrow your search to your local area or review nationwide clinical trials for a variety of conditions.