Go on­line. Yes, you read that right!

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Doctor’s Orders -

Ever had a doc­tor tell you to stay off the in­ter­net? That’s out­dated ad­vice, says Mark Hey­man, Ph.D., CDE, PWD type 1, and di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Di­a­betes and Men­tal Health. There’s a wealth of good in­for­ma­tion on the web if you know where to look, he says, and read­ing up can help you pose the right ques­tions to your doc­tor. “We’ve al­ways known that doc­tors have valu­able in­for­ma­tion to share,” says deBronkart. “What’s new is that good in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able through other chan­nels, and it’s pos­si­ble to­day to find valid sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion that your doc­tor didn’t men­tion or doesn’t yet know about.”

In gen­eral, avoid vi­ral news sto­ries you see on so­cial me­dia and stick with web­sites of ma­jor aca­demic med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment health de­part­ments, and large health as­so­ci­a­tions. On­line pa­tient fo­rums can be a gold mine, too, says deBronkart, as long as you re­mem­ber that what works for one per­son may not work for every­one. Fo­rum mem­bers of­fer emo­tional sup­port, swap the lat­est news sto­ries and stud­ies, and share valu­able real-word ex­pe­ri­ences. ( See page 12 for help find­ing on­line peer sup­port.)

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