If you have diabetes, getting support is very important because the disease is not only physical but comes with a lot of psychological pressure which may be very difficult to resolve alone and could make us give up easily.
Support is based on the idea that those who live with chronic illnesses can share experiences amongst themselves. You can build collective trust knowing that members of the support group have firsthand understanding of the diabetic condition.
Being part of the community and collectively dealing with challenges, gives you strength, value and a greater sense of belonging.
There are diabetes support groups all over the United States. Below are just a few of these groups which will expose you to relevant individuals who will assist in resolving any challenges you could encounter about diabetes:
The DiabetesSisters group also referred to as “Sister Match,” was created by Brandy Barnes. It connects people with diabetes. The group accommodates women who are 18 years of age and above living with any type of diabetes. The organization was 12,000 members and offers both online and in-person programs, such as online forums, articles, webinars, National Conferences, Leadership Institute, and monthly peer support meetups throughout the United States.
TuDiabetes.org created by Manny Hernandez in 2002, provides an online forum for both men and women living with diabetes. It is a California-based non-profit organization that accommodates people with type 1, type 2, as well as gestational diabetes. It is an extension of Beyond Type 1.
Genesis Medical Center
The diabetes support group provides a variety of education, in addition, to support to help manage diabetes. Meetings are held monthly and completely without charge.
Free diabetes support group meetings are scheduled for an hour every month. The group provides education as well as support to individual members. The Diabetes Education Center at Jackson County Regional Health Center is located in Maquoketa, Iowa. Check your local hospital for the diabetes support center near you, many offer free monthly support groups.
Joslin Diabetes Center
Diabetes support groups offered by Joslin includes Couples Support, Women’s Diabetes Support Group, men’s age-based support groups, young and middle-aged women and Latino diabetes support groups.
The ACT1 Diabetes support group located in New York was initiated by Katie Savin in 2008. It is a group run by women living diabetes who meet at the Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan for just 2 hours in a month. The group has members between the ages of 18 to 35.
Union Hospital Diabetes Support Group comprises of those who have diabetes and experiencing issues of diabetes management. Meetings are scheduled on a day to day basis. However, it is open and free for people with diabetes.
Floyd County Medical Center Diabetes Support Group
The support group welcomes people with pre-diabetes, type 1 or 2 diabetes as well as those with an interest in diabetes.
Atlantic Health system type 2 Diabetes Support group
The support group provides support and education for those with type 2 diabetes as well as their loved ones with no registration required. More information can be retrieved from their website.
This is offered as part of services to diabetes patients. The support group provides support and education for those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. There is no meeting charge
However, there are many other diabetes support groups existing separately or as programs offered by larger healthcare centers. Some of them are listed below:
Fort Madison Community Hospital diabetes educational support group
Alegent Health Mercy Hospital diabetes support group
The Diabetes Support group of Memorial Hospital
Great River Medical Center diabetes support group
North Country HealthCare’s diabetes collaborative and diabetes care program.
How do you know if a Diabetes Support Group is Right for you?
Before you make a choice of being part of a diabetes support group, it’s important you speak with the person in-charge of the group. In addition to this you need to:
- Find out more about the organizer’s credentials
- Find out the goals of the group
- Ask specific questions with regard to your goals and purpose
- List all possible things you would like to achieve as being part of the group
How Do I Get the Most Out of My Support Group?
To achieve the best of your time with the group, you need to:
- Be active in the group
- Always ask your questions as it relates to the topic
- Don’t fail to share your personal successes and failures
- Always be positive and avoid being judgmental
- Support one another in a rather friendly atmosphere
- Learn to encourage others and to avoid any form of criticism
- Listen actively especially when you don’t have answers to a question
Diabetes support groups offer a high level of support for those living with diabetes. The support groups are organized in various forms as either in-person, online communities or other forums.
To make a good choice for a support group, it is required that you have a conversation with the organizer while figuring his or her goal. Again, to get the best out of your spent time, you need to actively participate, ask questions and share experiences.