February 8, 2013

Useful Aids for People with Diabetes

This blog is not your typical blog, but I hope it will help many people. I decided to do this as I have aids here, there, and elsewhere and I was trying to pull them into one source to find them easier. Even I would be better served if I would bookmark some of them.

http://labtestsonline.org/ I have used this one for many blogs and like the information. I have used only a small portion of this site, the parts related to diabetes. This site has a lot to explore and does take some time to be comfortable using it, but at the same time does have a logical order. You do need to visit the site regularly as there is often new articles and some changes as material is updated for new information. I try to visit biweekly.

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ This University of Maryland website is one of my goto sites for information on herbs and supplements. I also use the symptoms area for research.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/ This Oregon State University website is another site that I value highly for information on vitamins and minerals and some other supplements.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ Medline is a great site for health topics, drugs and supplements, and videos and cool tools. This site has been useful for me when I am doing research. Take time to explore the site and see if it will be useful for you.

Take time to explore this site to determine if you wish to join. There is no fee, and I find the site very useful, especially for recipes that otherwise would have no nutritional information. I don't use the shopping list, but that is just me. I do have a scale that I can use which really helps when doing my own recipes for which I do not have written records.

http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/ideal-body-weight-3146-143.html This is the first site that I have found useful and that allows for different body types, small, medium, and large frame.

http://professional.diabetes.org/glucosecalculator.aspx This is a handy calculator for converting an A1c value into an estimated blood glucose reading or an estimated blood glucose reading to an A1c value. This can be done for mg/dl or mmol/L. So if you are a person that thinks your blood glucose readings are more accurate that the A1c, then use your average figure and compare this to the actual A1c. I have used this in some heated discussions to show people that their averages will seldom arrive at the A1c value.

http://www.globalrph.com/conv_si.htm#top This is a often used table of conversion values for converting from USA units to units used by the rest of the world and the reverse.

http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker This is a drug interaction checker. I seldom use this, but do when WebMD does not list the drug or lists no drug interactions.

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/medicines_ez/index.aspx This is my goto source for all diabetes medications. The top is generally where I go when looking up oral medications or insulins. Down the page is other useful information. I urge people to bookmark this for future reference.

http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ This is just one of the Body mass index (BMI) calculators available on the internet. I do not like calculating this, but occasionally I have needed to.

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php This site has several calculators, BMI, Estimate your Basal (BMR) and Resting Metabolic Rates (RMR), and how many calories you burn in a day based on a general activity level. It also has an activity calculator.

http://dwjay.tripod.com/conversion.html I admit that I seldom use this calculator, but I have on occasion.

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/SR15/sr15.html This is an outdated nutritional database, but I mention it for historical value as some food nutrition calculators do use this even though it has been superseded by this USDA website http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=12-35-45-00 For this site I have taken you to the home page so that you may see other possible features you may wish to explore.

http://www.soc-bdr.org/rds/authors/unit_tables_conversions_and_genetic_dictionaries/e5184/index_en.html This is another glucose conversion table for converting values from USA to the rest of the world and the reverse. (mg/dl to mmol/L)

http://en.mte.cz/conversion.php And another glucose converter.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health – this is one site I use when I am looking for information and have some of it and I come here looking for possible full text versions. I don't always find what I am looking for, but occasionally I hit the jackpot.

http://www.glycemicindex.com/ I use this site for glycemic index (GI) calculator and glycemic load (GL) calculator. This is primarily for when I cannot find what I want in published tables.

I would appreciate additions to this and would gather them for another blog. All help is greatly appreciated.

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