Free Information for People With Type 2
This month, the American Diabetes Association announces the launch of its new Living With Type 2 Diabetes initiative. Members of this free program will receive information about staying healthy with diabetes, including tips on diabetes management and delicious and health-conscious recipes. Program packets arrive every few months; members
can choose mail or online versions. Additional information and recipes are available in monthly e-mails.
Program members will also have the option of connecting online with others diagnosed around the same time. And through local ADA offices, they can learn about different programs and events where they can meet others living with diabetes in their own community.
Any adult who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can become a member of Living With Type 2 Diabetes. "This is a great program for people who just found out they have diabetes," says Jennifer Puryear, the ADA's associate director of community education. "I think they will find that Living With Type 2 Diabetes provides them with the information they want and need—without being overwhelming at the time of diagnosis. It's kind of like a starter kit for your new life with diabetes."
"Both doctors and patients have expressed interest in this kind of service," adds Sue Kirkman, MD, the ADA's senior vice president for medical affairs and community information. "For us, it's yet another way to bring excellent health information straight into the hands of people who need it most. That's a crucial part of the ADA mission." She notes that in 2011 alone, "approximately 1.9 million people will hear the words 'you have diabetes.' Getting the word out has never been more necessary."
Grants from the Walmart Foundation and Splenda are helping fund the initiative, allowing the materials to be offered free of cost.
Interested? Your doctor may be able to provide you with an introductory brochure ("Where Do I Begin?") that includes sign-up information. Or you can enroll online here , or by calling ADA's Center for Information and Community Support at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).