Diabetes affects 34.2 million US adults, 20% of which don’t know they even have it. This chronic condition affects how a person’s body turns food into energy. When food is broken down, most of becomes sugar (aka glucose) which is released into the bloodstream. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas is triggered to release insulin. This insulin is what allows blood sugar to be absorbed by body cells to use as energy. Although there is no cure for diabetes yet, maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can help manage the condition. In honor of American Diabetes Month, check out our list of the best diabetes blogs for college students in 2020, below!
Insulin Nation is one of the greatest resources for the latest news surrounding type 1 diabetes. They keep up to date information on advancements, advocacy, clinical trials, product reviews, and technology. A highly organized resource, you’ll find segments for living, research, and treatment.
As a nonprofit organization, the College Diabetes Network focuses on diabetes in young adults and how to live healthily. On the network, readers can connect with others in their age group and find expert resources. On their blog you’ll find content specifically written towards diabetics and college life. Among their vast collection of information, they provide readers with current news, personal stories, tips for studying abroad with diabetes, and much more.
Rachel Zinman was diagnosed with Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) in 2008. As a passionate practitioner and teacher of yoga, she began sharing her story about how yoga helped her manage diabetes through blogging. Her book, Yoga for Diabetes, was named as a finalist for Forward Reviews’ 2017 Book of the Year. And her articles have been featured by many publications including Diabetes Daily, the Huffington Post, and Healthline.
A personal blog written by Kim Vlasnik, Texting My Pancreas follows Kim through her daily life and the ups/downs of living with diabetes, as well as “other shenanigans” as she states on here site. She started the You Can Do This Project in 2011 which is a collection of videos from various people with diabetes, or PWD, to let “others know that they never have to do this alone.” An ePatient Scholar at Stanford’s Medicine X conference, Kim delivered ePatient Ignite! talks in 2012 and 2014. She’s contributed to the Diabetes Forecast publication, been quoted in The Atlantic and Mashable, and has been featured in Diabetic Living and Al Jazeera America.
This nonprofit digital magazine was cofounded by Michael Aviad and Jessica Apple. They feature independent journalists that write content around diet, lifestyle, management tips, news, and science and tech. On the site, you can find various blogs from a variety of viewpoints and topics like college students, diabetes-friendly recipes, endurance trainers, young adults, and more.