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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

  • New test predicts teens' future risk of heart disease
    A new test can predict teenagers' future risk of heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women. By identifying those at risk early, the test enables doctors to encourage the healthy behaviors that could one day save the teens' lives.
  • Melatonin and mealtime: Common genetic difference could put some at greater risk of diabetes
    New light has been shed on why people who carry a common genetic mutation may be more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. By carefully studying healthy subjects, researchers were able to chart the effect of melatonin supplements on blood sugar control. Their results suggest that taking melatonin close to mealtimes may put people with a common genetic variant more at risk.
  • Turning T cell immunology on its head
    New research challenges the assumption that the receptors on the T cells must bind to MHC in a specific orientation in order to trigger a signal to the immune system is not correct.