Online Support Groups Provide Relief for Diabetics

Many diabetics report feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can be offset by participation in support groups. The American Diabetes Association encourages the use of support groups to enhance mental, emotional, and physical well-being when dealing with the effects of diabetes.

According to Quality Health, eight out of 10 people found that online support groups had a positive effect on coping with diabetes. Online support groups like SupportGroups.com may be especially helpful for those who feel hesitant to open up in public or who cannot make it to weekly meetings.

How Can I Benefit from Support Groups?

Support groups provide a safe space for people suffering from the same problems to share their feelings and experiences. With diabetes, people come together to discuss the emotional impact of the disease, coping skills, and practical support such as the sharing of new diabetes recipes or diabetes news. Participants in support groups are exposed to a network of people who understand what they’re going through and want to help them through it.

Why Should I Participate in an Online Support Group?

Online support groups, such as the Diabetes Forum on SupportGroups.com, offer a way for you to share your experiences with the condition while maintaining anonymity. This forum appeals to people who may be hesitant to speak in front of a group or who are uncomfortable sharing personal information in front of strangers.

Also, it’s not always possible to attend support group meetings in person. By using online support groups, you can still receive valuable mental and practical support that will help you cope with the challenges associated with diabetes.

Sources: Quality Health, Mayo Clinic

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