I am one of the luck­i­est men in the world, thanks to my wife.  I was los­ing weight with­out even try­ing and run­ning to the bath­room every half hour.  My wife forced me to go to the doc­tor.  My blood work showed that I was pre­di­a­bet­ic.  If I didn’t make some changes I was going to have full-blown dia­betes.

The doc­tor told that with chang­ing my diet, los­ing some weight, and increas­ing my exer­cise.  I could beat this.  I am try­ing to fol­low the plan some days are bet­ter than oth­ers.  I don’t want dia­betes so I am going to fight.


Mil­lion Amer­i­cans had dia­betes
Amer­i­cans under the age of 20 are esti­mat­ed to have diag­nosed dia­betes
Death cer­tifi­cates list­ing dia­betes as the under­ly­ing cause of death
Total costs of diag­nosed dia­betes in the Unit­ed States
Alfred – Age 85 – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Alfred – Age 85 – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma


Maria – Age 79 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Maria – Age 79 – Honolulu, Hawaii


Stanley – Age 28 – Alabaster, Alabama

Stanley – Age 28 – Alabaster, Alabama


Malory – Age 10 – Cleveland, Ohio

Malory – Age 10 – Cleveland, Ohio


Resources and Links

Amer­i­can Dia­betes Asso­ci­a­tion
The Asso­ci­a­tion funds research to pre­vent, cure and man­age dia­betes; deliv­ers ser­vices to hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties; pro­vides objec­tive and cred­i­ble infor­ma­tion; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of dia­betes.

Chil­dren with Dia­betes
The mis­sion of Chil­dren with Dia­betes, Inc. is to pro­mote under­stand­ing of the care and treat­ment of dia­betes, espe­cial­ly in chil­dren; to increase aware­ness of the need for unre­strict­ed dia­betes care for chil­dren at school and day­care; to sup­port fam­i­lies liv­ing with dia­betes; and to pro­mote under­stand­ing of research into a cure.

Dia­pe­dia is an open-access, peer-reviewed, unbi­ased and up-to-date knowl­edge base about all aspects of dia­betes mel­li­tus. Dia­pe­dia has been cre­at­ed thanks to con­tri­bu­tions made by a world­wide net­work of dia­betes pro­fes­sion­als, includ­ing research inves­ti­ga­tors from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da.

Flori­da Dia­betes Camp
Flori­da Dia­betes Camp FCCYD serves youth ages 6–18 at its six sum­mer ses­sions and at fam­i­ly week­end ses­sions through­out the year.

Health­line pro­vides a very com­pre­hen­sive overview of Type 2 Dia­betes as a crit­i­cal start­ing point for indi­vid­u­als and/or their loved ones, includ­ing essen­tial infor­ma­tion on diet & nutri­tion, recipes, fit­ness & lifestyle, & more.

Huff­in­g­ton Post
The Huff­in­g­ton Post devotes an entire sec­tion of their web­site to Dia­betes, includ­ing the lat­est news in research, treat­ment options, lifestyle choic­es, and more.

Just for Par­ents
Just for par­ents is an online pro­gram designed to help par­ents bet­ter under­stand, relate to, and sup­port their teenag­er with type 1 dia­betes. The pro­gram is designed to help par­ents eval­u­ate the amount and kind of dis­tress they may be expe­ri­enc­ing, under­stand what might be con­tribut­ing to it, and pro­vide tips to help deal with it. Par­ents can take a brief (and anony­mous) online  assess­ment, and will then receive per­son­al­ized results, infor­ma­tion, and oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in infor­ma­tive webi­na­rs. The web­site includes a list of “Six Impor­tant Facts Every Par­ent of a Type 1 Teen Should Know.”

T1D  Exchange Biobank
By cen­tral­iz­ing thou­sands of bio­log­i­cal samples—together with clin­i­cal, demo­graph­ic, and study-derived information—the T1D Exchange Biobank aims to be a world-class resource for inno­v­a­tive research, and a cat­a­lyst for exchange of knowl­edge and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The Juve­nile Dia­betes Research Foun­da­tion
The mis­sion of JDRF is to find a cure for dia­betes and its com­pli­ca­tions through the sup­port of research.

Smok­ing Ces­sa­tion Pro­gram – Alachua Coun­ty
While smok­ing is bad for your health, it is espe­cial­ly harm­ful for peo­ple with dia­betes. No mat­ter how much or how long you have smoked, quit­ting will low­er your risk of heart dis­ease and oth­er health prob­lems.

Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da Depart­ment of Pedi­atrics
The Depart­ment of Pedi­atrics con­sists of a dynam­ic and grow­ing fac­ul­ty ded­i­cat­ed to the high­est qual­i­ty patient care, research, and edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ty devot­ed to improv­ing the health of Florida’s chil­dren.

Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da Dia­betes Cen­ter
The Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da col­lab­o­rates with the UF Dia­betes Insti­tute on research as well as camps put on through­out the year for indi­vid­u­als with type 1 dia­betes.

Via­Cord is spear­head­ing research for juve­nile dia­betes with the umbil­i­cal cord blood cells they col­lect; they have a wealth of infor­ma­tion on their site.


Dia­betes diet plans are avail­able at the ADA web­site.

The CDC’s web­site for nutri­tion cov­ers a wide vari­ety of top­ics relat­ed to good nutri­tion.

Infor­ma­tion regard­ing healthy eat­ing and new, easy dia­bet­ic recipes can be found at dLife.

Can I eat this?..Meal plan­ning and tips by the ADA.

Web­MD pro­vides some healthy snack ideas for Type 2 dia­bet­ics and tips for avoid­ing foods that may be harm­ful.

Health and Fitness

Reg­u­lar exer­cise can be key in help­ing you man­age your dia­betes. The ADA offers some thoughts on how much and what kind of exer­cise may be ben­e­fi­cial for you, as well as some sim­ple but help­ful stretch­es you can do any­where.

Infor­ma­tion regard­ing the ben­e­fits of exer­cise, even with dia­betes, and expert advice on being active.

Exer­cise can be used as a form of dia­betes treat­ment.  Infor­ma­tion of how this is pos­si­ble is found at the NIDDK web­site.

The Gatorade Sports Sci­ence Insti­tute gives advice on opti­miz­ing health and per­for­mance.


Com­mu­ni­ty Health Promis­ing Prac­tices

The Amer­i­can Dia­betes Asso­ci­a­tion

JDRF Inter­na­tion­al

Flori­da Dia­betes Advi­so­ry Coun­cil

Nation­al Dia­betes Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram

Nation­al Dia­betes Infor­ma­tion Clear­ing­house

Diabetes-Related Complications

Diabetic Retinopathy Resources

Nation­al Eye Insti­tute

Eye­Care Amer­i­ca

Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve pain) Resources

Amer­i­can Chron­ic Pain Asso­ci­a­tion

Nation­al Insti­tute of Neu­ro­log­i­cal Dis­or­ders and Stroke

Kidney Disease Resources

Nation­al Kid­ney and Uro­log­ic Dis­eases Infor­ma­tion Clear­ing­house

Nation­al Kid­ney Foun­da­tion