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How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Type 1 Diabetes

Free Weight Loss Tools for People with Diabetes
  -- By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Welcome to SparkPeople, America's most active weight-loss and healthy living website! This article will introduce you to all of the SparkPeople features that can help adults manage type 1 diabetes, including our Spark*D Diabetes Management Program , which offers a variety of free tools, trackers, articles and support options that can help you achieve success in the lifestyle management program that your doctor, health care provider and/or certified diabetes educator has outlined for you. We also offer free diabetes meal plans created by registered dietitians!

SparkPeople can help you with the diet, exercise and carbohydrate-counting components of your treatment plan, but please note that our website is not a substitute for regular medical care. While certified diabetes educators helped develop these articles and tools, you should follow the treatment guidelines given to you by your doctor and/or certified diabetes educator should you encounter any contradictions to your treatment plan.

About Type 1 Diabetes

Because they can’t make insulin on their own, people with type 1 diabetes must supply the body with insulin by using a pump or injections. They must work to manage the disease for the rest of their lives.

In our Diabetes (Spark*D) Condition Center, found under the "Your Health" tab at the top of the site, you'll find dozens of healthy lifestyle articles we created specifically for people with diabetes, including:

What SparkPeople Offers People with Type 1 Diabetes

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Taking control of your health requires some education and commitment, but SparkPeople is here to help you along the way. Our articles, tips and support resources will help you establish a healthy lifestyle and manage your diabetes effectively. You can learn more about healthy cooking, fitness, general nutrition and motivation by visiting the Healthy Lifestyle resource centers (found under the "Healthy Lifestyle" tab at the top of the site).

For more specific information or help, talk to your health care provider. The American Diabetes Association's National Call Center also offers live advice from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383.