What Is the Best Diabetes Support Group?

This blog post is excerpted from a recently edited page, Diabetes Support Groups. It reads, in part:

Most Facebook diabetes support groups are focused on a specific approach to diabetes management, such as (1) low-carb high-fat moderate-protein, (2) low-carb high-protein moderate-fat, (3) high-carb low-fat vegan, (4) vegetarian, (5) ketogenic, or (6) ADA-compliance. Or they are focused on a specific program, such as Weimar’s NEWSTART, John McDougall and “Forks Over Knives,” Dr. Ron Rosedale and the “Rosedale Health Plan,” Dr. Eric Westman’s “HEAL Clinics,” Dr. Richard K. Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution,” or any number of the ever-growing-in-popularity ketogenic groups. All of these groups are very good in providing information about their specific focus. If information is what you are seeking. (And I’m deliberately not putting in hyperlinks to these programs. If you are interested in any specific one(s), you are free to Google.)

Many of these groups are also very good in providing support and affirmation for those who are strictly following their recommended protocols. But many can be critical and hateful toward anyone who does not. So if you join any of these groups, be sure to read their Group Description before venturing to make any comments. If you join a vegetarian group, do not talk about or post pictures of meat. If you join a low-carb or ketogenic group, do not share recipes containing grains, legumes, and fruit. Just “listen” and learn. Ask questions and even ask for links to documentation, but do not attempt to argue or to present opposing viewpoints.

At one time, [the above] article listed a number of Facebook diabetes groups that I have joined over the years, along with my assessment of them. I no longer provide information about other groups because (a) they come and go and/or change names so rapidly I can’t keep up with them and (b) there is just no other diabetes group that provides what Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics does: support, encouragement, affirmation, and information for diabetics, pre-diabetics, those at risk for diabetics, and caretakers of diabetics, whether they are vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, Adventist non-vegetarians/pescatarians, or flexitarians. Members do not have to be current or former Adventists as long as they understand that Adventists historically do not eat pork and shellfish (to put it simplistically) and have a unique perspective on health based on the writings of 19th-century author Ellen G. White.

We are committed to discovering “Present Truth” in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle for diabetics, and our mantra is “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”


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