Is the information about diabetes on the Internet reliable?

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William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Are you kidding? Do you really believe 20 million dollars is waiting for you offshore and they only need your bank account number? Do you think hot Russian babes are really dying to meet you? That eating an island root will cure diabetes and cancer and asthma?

The internet is a double-edged sword. There is an incredible amount of information at your fingertips in today’s world. But the internet does not have an editor. Anybody can post anything. In Latin we used to say caveat emptor, which means “Let the buyer beware.” As you don’t pay anything for info on the web, you get what you pay for in some cases.

So you need to be careful. Of course you are here, so that’s good. Sharecare has several layers of information safety built in, ranging from editorial oversight, to answers from multiple experts, to who is allowed to answer questions in the first place. So unlike the internet, although anyone can ask questions at Sharecare, not anyone can answer them.  

The ADA listed a couple of great resources, but here are a few more for you:

Resource sites:

Journalists writing about diabetes:

The portal for diabetes bloggers:

 

Not always. Though there is an amazing amount of valuable information about diabetes on the Internet, a good portion of it is bunk. Along with lots of valid and helpful information, you will also find personal experiences that don't apply to you and outrageous claims designed to sell you a product. Separating the good from the bad can be difficult. The American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (www.aadenet.org) are good places to start when you want information, because they sponsor reliable sites. Many other organizations also sponsor websites featuring the latest diabetes research and other helpful information. There are also chat rooms where you can "talk" to other people who have diabetes and share experiences. You can learn a lot in a chat room, but keep in mind that you are hearing peoples' personal experiences, and these experiences might not apply to you. Before you act on something you see on the Internet concerning your diabetes, talk with your health care team to be sure it is right for you.

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