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Community Guidelines


Our community is precious, and we have to protect it and be on the lookout for ways to improve our work and support members come looking here.

We can’t be prouder of you, of what with your support we have been able to create, and the incredible amounts of love you find in this community. All that, thanks to you, the members.

We want to SEE more:

  • Words of encouragement
  • Empathy
  • Support, regardless your diabetes type
  • Patience
  • Joy
  • Happiness
  • Positivity

We want to keep our community FREE of:

  • Judgmental tones. Accepting and respecting our differences makes us stronger.
  • Promotional asks for members contact information to sell products, websites, fundraisers, or seminars.
  • NO SALE or EXCHANGE of prescription items.
  • Spam- unsolicited or repetitive messages.
  • Sales ads or the intention to distribute ANY product.
  • Asks to sign petitions of any kind.
  • Medical advice or prescribing to modify treatment.
  • Any illegal activity or encouraging or enabling others to commit crimes.
  • Research of any kind may NOT be conducted or promoted on TuDiabetes without prior authorization from Diabetes Hands Foundation.
  • We respect ALL members’ points of view and religions. No proselytizing.
  • Offensive language.
  • Libelous or defamatory postings.
  • Posts containing hate, misogynistic, sexist, or racist content.
  • Any pictures, or text containing expressions of abuse, hate, offensive conduct, obscenity, pornography, sexually explicit or material that could be used to raise civil or criminal liability under applicable law or regulations or may be in conflict with these Terms of Services and Guidelines of the community.
  • Hostile or disrespectful content towards any member of the community, including moderators and staff.
  • Posting unrelated to the original topic (“off-topic”)
  • No solicitation.
  • More than one profile on TuDiabetes or any impersonation, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a suspension.
  • Topics or posts which are disruptive, harmful or damaging to the “community” (as opposed to another member)
  • Refrain from political debates. It’s not the same to debate about policy than to talk about politics.

We all want to make this community a better place, and am looking forward to many more years of exceptional support.


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Natural Disasters, how to be ready for them

During natural disasters, emergencies, and hazards people with diabetes face particular challenges to their health care. If you are an evacuee or are in an emergency situation, it is of prime importance to identify yourself as a person with diabetes and any related conditions, so you can obtain appropriate care. It is also important to prevent dehydration by drinking enough fluids, which can be difficult when drinking water is in short supply. In addition, it is helpful to keep something containing sugar with you at all times, in case you develop hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). To prevent infections, which people with diabetes are more vulnerable to, pay careful attention to the health of your feet, and get medical treatment for any wounds.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and You

Ready—Prepare.Plan.Stay Informed.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Insulin Advice

Switching Between Products in an Emergency
Patients should try to keep their insulin as cool as possible, avoiding direct heat and direct sunlight as well as freezing if placed on ice. Although a physician should supervise when switching insulin products, here are recommendations for emergency situations

Health Advice

Hand Hygiene in Emergency Situations
After an emergency, it can be difficult to find running water. However, it is still important to wash your hands to avoid illness or infection, especially when testing your blood glucose or treating a wound.

Keep Water Safe after a Natural Disaster
Water may not be safe to drink, clean with, or bathe in after a hurricane or flood, which can be a particular problem for people with diabetes, who especially need to drink fluids and keep wounds clean.

General Hurricane Recovery Information

Hurricane Recovery Information from

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Men, put your health first and manage your diabetes

Studies show that men are less likely than women to get medical care. They are also more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. And they often don’t want to talk about their health or monitor it regularly. If you are a man with diabetes, you can learn how to manage your diabetes and take care of your health.

Diabetes Can Lead to Health Problems

If you have diabetes, you have a greater chance of erectile dysfunction (impotence). That is when a man can no longer have or keep an erection. You may also be at risk for other health issues such as:

  • Stroke and heart problems
  • Eye problems that make you lose your sight
  • Kidney problems that cause your kidneys to stop working
  • Tooth and gum problems
  • Pain, tingling, or numbness in your hands and feet that can lead to the loss of a toe or foot

There are healthy changes you can make every day to help prevent or delay diabetes complications. Like quitting smoking if you smoke, reaching and staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and following your doctor’s recommendations. Start slow. Even small changes in your everyday life can make a big difference in your overall health.

Start Improving Your Health Today

If you put your health first, there are many ways you can lead a healthier life and manage your diabetes. Regular care by a health care provider is important if you have diabetes. Follow these steps to start taking better care of your diabetes and improve your health:

  • Find a doctor you can trust.
  • Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
  • Ask your doctor what you can do to avoid or reduce stress.
  • Learn about types of physical activity you could try to reach and stay at a healthy weight.
  • Ask your doctor to help you find a diabetes education program that is right for you.
  • Get support from family members and friends to help you stay on track to manage your diabetes.

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About Us

TuDiabetes is a space on the Web where people with diabetes or their loved ones can find support, help each other and share their experiences and what they do every day to stay healthy with this condition.

TuDiabetes offers blogs entries, we exchange ideas in the discussion forum, and we ask those hard and troublesome questions about our diabetes management. It is our hope that people with diabetes in any of its types, newly diagnosed or veterans, mothers with gestational diabetes as well as parents of children with diabetes, regardless of nationality, to join and form part of this fruitful exchange that technology provides us.

TuDiabetes is a program of Beyond Type 1.

Beyond Type 1 is a new brand of philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this disease, as well as providing resources and support for those living with diabetes, we will bridge the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow.

Welcome to TuDiabetes!

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Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes

You may need surgery for a diabetes complication or for some other problem that is unrelated to your diabetes. Your diabetes may increase your risk for problems during or after your surgery, such as:

  • Infection after surgery
  • Healing slower
  • Heart problems
Before Surgery

Work with your doctor to come up with the safest surgery plan for you.

Focus more on controlling your diabetes during the weeks before surgery.

Your doctor will do a medical exam and talk to you about your health.

  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.
  • If you take Metformin, talk to your doctor about stopping it. Sometimes, it can be stopped 48 hours before and 48 hours after surgery to decrease the risk of lactic acidosis.
  • If you take insulin, ask your doctor what dose you should take the night before or the day of your surgery.

Surgery is riskier if you have diabetes complications. So talk to your doctor about your diabetes control and any complications you have from diabetes. Tell your doctor about any problems you have with your heart, kidneys, or eyes, or if you have loss of feeling in your feet. The doctor may run some tests to check the status of those problems.

During Surgery

Before surgery, talk to your doctor about maintaining a good blood sugar level during the operation. You may do better with surgery and get better faster if your blood sugar is controlled during surgery. You may be instructed to aim for a blood sugar between 80 and 150 mg/dL.

During surgery, insulin is given by the anesthesiologist. You will meet with this doctor before surgery to discuss the plan to control your blood sugar during the operation.

After Surgery

You or your nurses should check your blood sugar often. You may have more trouble controlling because you:

  • Have trouble eating
  • Are vomiting
  • Are stressed after surgery
  • Are less active than usual
  • Have pain or discomfort

Expect that you may take more time to heal because of your diabetes. Be prepared for a hospital stay if you are having major surgery. People with diabetes often have to stay in the hospital longer than people without diabetes.

Watch for signs of infection, such as a fever, or an incision that is red, hot to touch, swollen, more painful, or oozing.

Prevent bedsores. Move around in bed and get out of bed frequently. If you have less feeling in your toes and fingers, you may not feel if you are getting a bed sore. Make sure you move around.

After you leave the hospital, it is important for you to work with your primary care team to make sure your blood sugar continues to be well controlled.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if:

  • You have any questions about surgery or anesthesia
  • You are not sure what medicines you should take or stop taking before surgery
  • You think that you have an infection

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TuDiabetes Talks: Bright Spots and Landmines the book


On this TuDiabetes Talks Episode, we interview Adam Brown, about his new book Bright Spots and Landmines. With this book, Adam encourages us to be proactive in our diabetes management and invites us to identify what works and what we need to modify to manage our diabetes in a satisfactory manner.

TuDiabetes Talks: Bright Spots and Landmines the book

On this TuDiabetes Talks Episode, we interview Adam Brown, about his new book Bright Spots and Landmines. With this book, Adam encourages us to be proactive in our diabetes management and invites us to identify what works and what we need to modify to manage our diabetes in a satisfactory manner.

Hypertension and diabetes

About 70% of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure or use prescription medications to reduce high blood pressure. Maintaining healthy blood pressure—less than 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) helps to prevent damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, and blood vessels. Blood pressure measurements are written as a fraction, with the two numbers separated by a slash. The first number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats (systolic pressure); the second number represents the pressure in the vessels when your heart is at rest (diastolic pressure).

In general, for every 10 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (the first number in the fraction), the risk for any complication related to diabetes is reduced by 12%. Maintaining normal blood pressure control can reduce the risk of eye, kidney, and nerve disease (microvascular disease) by approximately 33%, and the risk of heart illness and stroke (cardiovascular disease) by approximately 33% to 50%. Healthy eating, medications and physical activity can help you bring high blood pressure down.

Hypertension is the primary risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of death. However, there is a wide disparity in the number of people who are aware of their hypertensive condition, those who are being treated and are not controlled, and those who are being treated and are controlled. This makes it necessary to increase efforts to raise awareness and knowledge about hypertension, as well as initiatives to facilitate access to adequate and evidence-based treatment. Every May 17th, the global community to celebrate World Hypertension Day as an opportunity to emphasize the need to work on the prevention and control of hypertension, to prevent deaths from cardiovascular diseases.


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TuDiabetesTalks: Social Media and diabetes

In this episode of TuDiabetes Talks Mila talks to Deborah Greenwood, CDE, Past President of AADE and DHF Board Member and discusses how social media benefit people with diabetes and shares how is she helping and supporting this new tool.

TuDiabetes Talks: Social media and diabetes

In this episode of TuDiabetes Talks Mila talks to Deborah Greenwood, CDE, Past President of AADE and DHF Board Member and discuss how social media benefit people with diabetes and shares how is she helping and supporting this new support tool.