There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.
Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.
If you have diabetes and want to become more physically active, first discuss your plan with a health professional. Once you have the go-ahead, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you are exercising. Other tips to help you get started include: creating a list of potential exercise options that you enjoy and increase your heart rate, staying hydrated, and carrying a carbohydrate snack in case your blood sugar drops.
Behavioral weight loss programs can help people lose weight and are relatively safe. They may also help reduce the risk of diabetes. If you are not able to access a behavioural weight loss program, you can develop a tailored version with a team of health professionals and specialists or try a variety of mobile phone apps geared towards weight loss.
Exercise can help people living with diabetes improve their blood sugar, fitness, and well-being. To exercise safely, check your blood sugar before you start exercising, watch for signs of low blood sugar while exercising, and check your blood sugar again after you are done exercising.
The development of foot ulcers is a common issue in people with diabetes. Practicing good foot care and getting your feet checked regularly by a health professional such as a doctor or a podiatrist can help with prevention. If you do develop a foot ulcer, treatments may include protective dressings, medication, special shoes, and surgery.
Quitting smoking improves the quality of your health and life. Start by preparing for your quit day. Also, consider strategies such as nicotine replacement therapy, non-nicotine medications, counselling, and alternative therapies (mindfulness and meditation). Don't forget to seek guidance from a health care professional.
We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:
If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!
DISCLAIMER: Web Resource Ratings are provided for informational purposes only and to facilitate discussions with your healthcare providers, family members, or informal care givers. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professionals. The Portal is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor is it an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services). The Web Resource Ratings may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (email@example.com).