Resources are available to help individuals live with type 2 diabetes

Spending time with a doctor is one of the best ways for individuals with type 2 diabetes to improve their condition. Unfortunately, a medical professional isn't always available when a patient needs them. Also, many individuals simply do not have the financial resources to visit their doctor as often as they would like.

This is why many experts say that patient education is an important part of disease management. Even when an individual is able to visit their doctor multiple times per month, the fact remains that the patient is on their own for the majority of their time. No amount of medical attention can offset the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle. Diabetics must be able to care for themselves.

There are many resources available to help prepare patients to support their own health. For example, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recently launched the Health Navigator website, which provides individuals with up-to-date, relevant and accurate information on diabetes.

Officials said the resource fills an important void in the information that is available online to most diabetics.

"It is important for patients and caregivers to access educational resources they can trust. Unfortunately, not all diabetes information online is useful or reliable," said George Grunberger, a board member of the association.

Aside from the Health Navigator site, the American Diabetes Association has a tremendous amount of information on its site. These features include discussions of living with diabetes and simple steps individuals can take to improve their ability to manage their blood sugar.

While living with type 2 diabetes can seem like a daunting challenge, individuals shouldn't feel like they have to go it alone. By taking advantage of available resources, it may be possible to live more easily with the disease.