Sugar Matters
January 27, 2015
Best information sources for diabetes

In this present time it is easier than ever to get our hands on information. You know what I mean. It used to be that in the past if you wanted to look something up, it meant actually GOING to a library to look for a book! You needed an encyclopedia or another reference book, or search for news archives. These days there are plenty of ways to find out information, from phone calls to organizations, to the popular Internet searches that most of us can access.{{more}}

When faced with a question about something related to diabetes or health care in general, it is important to be careful and critical of where you seek your information. Why? There are plenty, PLENTY of incorrect sources out there! Just because it is on the Internet does not mean it is correct.

I recommend the following for people who are seeking health and diabetes information:

First, ask your health care team. They are almost always the easiest and most knowledgeable source that is available to you. Plus, you can actually have a conversation with them and ask follow-up questions, something you can’t do while reading something from a book or article. If you have doubts that your health care provider is giving you the right information, by all means get another opinion from another professional! You should be able to trust the advice and knowledge that you receive from your health care team.

Second, seek out information from major nationally or internationally recognized organizations. Groups like the American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Federation, British Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have websites that all contain valuable information that is trustworthy and up to date, based on research.

Third, look to your local organizations like the Diabetes and Hypertension group in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They can be a fantastic resource, especially during screenings, when they are checking blood pressures and blood sugars for free—take that opportunity to ask questions!

Until next week, stay safe and healthy Vincies!

Anita Ramsetty, MD

Medical Director Endocrine Care Group

Tel: 843-798-4227