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Welcome to Alt-Support-Diabetes

Alt-Support-Diabetes (ASD) is an online support group for diabetics, their families and friends. We use this forum to freely share our personal experiences, knowledge, hopes, successes and frustrations concerning diabetes and it's impact on our lives. Currently we are using three major forums: the newsgroup, our IRC chat room, and this website.

Newsgroups are one of the oldest parts of the internet called UseNet. It even pre-dates the World Wide Web. Currently there are over 70,000 individual newsgroups.

We encourage everyone to first read the newsgroups FAQ. It explains the few do's and don'ts and some basic information about posting to a UseNet forum such as ours.

Diabetes in the News

  • Best exercise for obese youths analyzed
    What exercise program can best fight the 'epidemic' of teen obesity? According to a study, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. "Obesity is an epidemic among youth," says one author. "Adolescents who are overweight are typically advised to exercise more, but there is limited evidence on what type of exercise is best in order to lose fat."
  • Common diabetes drug associated with risk of low levels of thyroid hormone
    Metformin, a commonly used drug for treating type 2 diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of low thyroid-stimulating hormone levels in patients with underactive thyroids, according to a study. Low levels of thyroid stimulating hormone can cause harm, such as cardiovascular conditions and fractures.
  • Diabetes in South Asian population the focus of new efforts
    A graduate student of South Asian descent is using his medical training and cultural background to educate New Jersey’s South Asian communities on diet and lifestyle changes. "Since most people from South Asia are vegetarian, white rice is our go-to food, which means that carb-heavy meals with a high glycemic index are common," he explains. "To reduce their risk, they have to change their diet as well as understand their genetic predisposition."