Insulin dependent diabetics now have a new online resource designed specifically for them. The resource, the LongActingInsulin.com blog, scours the web for news and views of interest to both type 1 and type 2 diabetics to provide them with a “one stop-shop” for advice, entertainment and information.
“People are busy,” says the new blog’s editor, Lynn Woods, “They don’t have time to surf the web after work to see what’s interesting or important in the world of diabetes research, so we do it for them. Some of our blog posts are entertaining, most are educational, and many contain valuable up-to-the-minute information on diabetes.”
Woods describes the new blog, which launched in January and focuses on users of long acting insulin, as “informal”. “We try to approach diabetes from a positive perspective. We believe that people can not only cope with diabetes, they can thrive with it.”
A quick look through the blog showcases its diversity: an article about diabetes-sniffing dogs that warn their owners when their blood sugar gets low, FAQs about insulin pumps, tips on giving insulin injections to your cat, a diabetic-friendly lemon cheesecake recipe, stories about celebrities with diabetes, a prescription coupon offering $10 savings on Lantus SoloSTAR long acting insulin, and a wealth of current information on diabetes research and diabetes medication.
Unexpectedly, the article Kudzu Used as Diabetes Medication in Chinese Medicine has attracted the most readers by far, says Woods. Other popular diabetes blog articles involve recent developments in non-invasive blood glucose monitors and super-long-acting insulin, and advice on giving insulin injections to cats.
Diabetes affects almost 26 million Americans, over 8% of the population. Of those 26 million, an estimated 7 million remain undiagnosed. Diabetes is an incurable and progressive disease with serious complications, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.