The Diabetes Resource
The Diabetes Resource’s mission is to be the largest and most in-depth global online directory for people with diabetes and those who want to learn more about it.
The Diabetes Resource was co-founded in July 2008 by Gina Capone, diabetes advocate, social media entrepreneur, graphic designer and New York native, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000 at the age of 25. She partnered with Landileigh Nelson, a diabetes activist and California native, who was diagnosed with Type “Other” after an attack of acute pancreatitis in July 2007.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, Capone and Nelson quickly became frustrated by the conflicting, out-of-date and overwhelming amount of diabetes information on the Internet. The pair founded the website to provide the ultimate guide for everything diabetes-related. Capone elaborates, “We saw a desperate need for a one-stop-shop that provides the diabetes community with verified website links, resources, support and expert information. We did the research so others won’t have to!” Capone and Nelson have honed their social media skills by communicating via AOL Instant Messenger, Skype and Facebook over the past four years. They now utilize those skills to host online chats with diabetes professionals and scour the media to post updates on their blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Skype accounts. Their talents for building relationships via the Internet have played a large part in making The Diabetes Resource a thriving and expansive diabetes directory.
The Diabetes Resource is evolving into the most comprehensive diabetes resource covering all aspects of diabetes. This includes advice from medical professionals, endocrinologists, current news on their blogs, support groups and information on local and national diabetes events, insurance resources, the latest news on health monitors and accessories, online monthly chats with experts and more. The site features exclusive diabetes news from Diabetes News Hound, weekly cartoons from Haidee S. Merritt (www.haideemerritt.com), a social media center called The Nest—home to those who tweet about diabetes—and continues to grow exponentially each year as a home for anyone concerned with diabetes health-related issues.