I attended a Diabetes Linkup last week hosted by Astra Zeneca. Committed to the long-term health of people with diabetes, AZ offers three programs you might not know about.
Astra Zeneca Diabetes Resources
- Fit2Me – a free online diet and lifestyle support program that helps adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Technology helps people custom fit plans to their own likes and dislikes. Learn more at Fit2me.com.
- ON IT Movement – a movement featuring Dr. Phil McGraw that helps people with type 2 diabetes take an active role in overcoming emotional and psychological barriers that may come up while managing the disease. See the 6 Rules to Get ON IT at ONITMovement.com.
- Everyday Steps – a program designed with the help of the Diabetes Hands Foundation to help those living with type 2 diabetes develop and maintain a walking routine. Find the Everyday Steps Guide at EverydayStepsGuide.com.
At the linkup, I also met representatives from several diabetes advocacy organizations. These folks work hard to support the diabetes community by providing online resources and forums, advocating to Congress, tracking diabetes-related activities at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and organizing in-person support groups.
Diabetes Advocacy Organizations
- DiabetesSisters – a group that offers a range of education and support services to help women of all ages with all types of diabetes live healthier, fuller lives. I was so inspired by CEO Anna Norton that I volunteered to get a group going in my area! Learn more at DiabetesSisters.org.
- Diabetes Hands Foundation – an organization that strives to bring together people touched by diabetes for positive change, to make sure that no one living with this condition ever feels alone. They sponsor the Big Blue Test and provide support in both English and Spanish. Check them out at DiabetesHandsFoundation.org.
- diaTribe Foundation – Realizing that 1 in 7 adults in the United States has diabetes, this group was formed to improve the lives of people with diabetes, prediabetes and obesity, and to advocate for action. They bring the patient’s point of view to the FDA and other policy makers. Find out more about their activities at diaTribe.org.
In addition, I met other committed, intelligent, and energetic diabetes advocates. They told me about their own efforts and pointed me to organizations like the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) who monitors the diabetes caucus in Congress. Did you know there was a diabetes caucus in Congress? I didn’t. Check out the other diabetes resources and blogs listed below.
Other Sources of Inspiration
- iRunDiabetes – Managing life, health, and Type 2 diabetes one humorous run at a time
- Diabetes Mine – A gold mine of straight talk and encouragement
- The Diabetic’s Corner Booth – An online brew of coffee & conversation about the highs and lows of living with diabetes
- Get Up and Get Moving – One woman’s story of losing 100 pounds and finding herself
- Diagnosed Not Defeated – Educating others about type 2 diabetes from a patient’s perspective
- Diabetes While Black – A resource to help people of African descent manage their type 2 diabetes
- Living with Diabetes and Lapband – How I cope with diabetes, a lapband, sleep apnea, my diabetes alert dog, and the rest of the beagles
I’d like to thank Astra Zeneca for organizing this inspirational Diabetes Linkup. I learned about so many diabetes resources and met a lot of terrific advocates.