DIABETES CHAT ROOM - Arkansas PEER SUPPORT
Health & Help Chat is here to give those living with diabetes mellitus, or more simply put, diabetes, a place to receive the peer support they deserve. We are offering you a Diabetes Chat Room, diabetes forums, and a diabetes social network in order to connect with others around the world to talk about diabetes symptoms and diet, whether it be type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and to just chat with a community who understands how difficult it is to live life to the fullest with this serious but manageable illness.
If you are one of the millions of people worldwide who have been diagnosed with diabetes, you have found the right place to get the support system that you need. Health & Help Chat's philosophy is that there is power in numbers. We believe that, along with the appropriate professional medical help, a supportive group of peers is a must in order to stay strong through all of the ups and downs of living with an illness such as diabetes. This diabetes portion of the web site is intended to connect you to others who know what it's like to check their blood insulin levels, restrict their diet, and try to avoid or live with complications from diabetes such as, high blood pressure, blindness, heart disease or stroke.
According to, diabetes.org, "23.6 million children and adults in the United States-7.8% of the population-have diabetes."1 The same website also states that, "57 million people," are pre-diabetic, and that there are, "1.6 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year."1 These statistics only go to show that diabetes is a health issue that is not going away, that it can strike at any time, to any age group, any gender, and any race. Although the above statistics are generated from the United States, there are millions more people worldwide who live with the daily self-control, medication and diet to keep their diabetes controlled; people just like you.
It is also clear that many more children are being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes every day. Although a huge part of the problem is childhood obesity, as is the case with type 2 diabetes, there is a whole world of children who fall under the different category of insulin dependent diabetes, or type 1. However, for a parent of a child with juvenile diabetes, it does not matter which type their child has, only that he or she must learn to eat and live differently in order to save their own life. As a parent of a child struggling to understand their diabetes and the limitations it inflicts on them, such as being unable to share a piece of birthday cake with their best friend at school, it is only natural that you would feel somewhat overwhelmed. We urge you to join this diabetes support society to speak to others who need to make difficult often life-altering decisions for your children.
We welcome you to this diabetes web page, where there is not only a Diabetes Chat Room, but diabetes forums and a diabetes social network for you to meet, greet, share, support, and hopefully make some lifelong friends along the way. Health & Help Chat hopes that you find the guidance and strength that only a community of your supportive peers can offer you.