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On-line Diabetes Resources

Part 7: Government Web Sites

By David Mendosa

Last Update: October 29, 2004

This Web page brings together in one place descriptions of and links to only those government Web pages dealing with diabetes, but is linked to the 15 other On-line Diabetes Resources pages dealing with other Web pages, other parts of the Internet, and other on-line services. Those links that I think are especially valuable are marked in red.

  1. MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions, including diabetes. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MEDLINEplus is updated daily. Its diabetes URL is
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

  2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates nearly all of the foods you eat and the medical products you use to treat your diabetes, including glucose meters, insulin pumps, diabetes medicines, and insulin. Its new diabetes Web site includes information about many products that help you check and control your blood sugar. The URL is
    http://www.fda.gov/diabetes/

  3. Diabetes Caucus members in the U.S. House of Representatives are listed on the Web site of Congresswoman Diana DeGette. Is the name of your representative here or not? The URL is
    http://www.house.gov/degette/diabmembership.htm

  4. The U.S. National Library of Medicine, in Bethesda, MD, the world's largest medical library, offers MEDLINEplus for anyone with a medical question. The library has selected and categorized about 100 of the best links on diabetes, mostly from government sites. The URL is
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

  5. The Web site of the California Diabetes Control Program is designed to let people know about activities of the DCP. Of the 33 million residents of california, about 2 million people have diabetes. The URL is
    http://www.dhs.ca.gov/diabetes/

  6. The FDA has a Frequently Asked Questions page about Importing Beef Insulin for Personal Use. The URL is
    http://www.fda.gov./cder/drug/beefinsulin/faq-full.htm

  7. ClinicalTrials.gov is sponsored by The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, to provide patients, family members, and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. This site currently contains over 4,000 clinical studies sponsored primarily by the National Institutes of Health. During the year 2000, the site will add additional studies from other Federal agencies and the pharmaceutical industry. The URL is
    http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui

  8. "The New Food Label: Coping with Diabetes" is an article that originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of FDA Consumer. The URL is
    http://www.fda.gov/fdac/foodlabel/diabetes.html

  9. Veterans Health Administration Diabetes Program has several basic files of interest to veterans with diabetes. The URL is
    http://www.va.gov/health/diabetes/default.htm

  10. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is the site for several important government documents on diabetes. They have recently reorganized their Web site and now have a much cleaner interface. Its documents include the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), the NIDDK's landmark clinical study carried out between 1983 to 1993. If you are looking for definitions of terms related to diabetes, look at this site's Diabetes Dictionary. Here are statistics and reports on diabetic eye disease, diabetic neuropathy, end-stage renal disease, hypoglycemia, and other areas. Here too are links to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and the National Diabetes Education Program. Still looking for more? How about a 733-page report on "Diabetes in America" (second edition)? The URL is
    http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/

  11. The Indian Health Service's "Patient Education Protocols" includes one for diabetes. The URL is
    http://www.ihs.gov/

  12. The CDC Diabetes home page comes from the Division of Diabetes Translation, a division of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site includes the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, information on state-based diabetes control programs, and abstracts of academic and scientific articles on diabetes by authors affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its URL is
    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/

  13. Did you know that the IDDM1 gene maps to chromosome 6? You can find that out on the Gene Map of the Human Genome, which is now on-line from The National Center for Biotechnical Information of the National Institutes of Health. The Human Genome Project is expected to produce a sequence of DNA representing the functional blueprint and evolutionary history of the human species. If you are interested in the IDDM1 gene, these are some Web pages to study:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/SCIENCE96/nph-gene?IDDM1 http://www3.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:80/htbin-post/Omim/dispmim?222100 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/SCIENCE96/chr?6

  14. The federal government's new Healthfinder Web site provides links to the wealth of health-related information on the web published by the U.S. Government. The URL is http://www.healthfinder.gov/ or you can search an extensive list of government Web resources on diabetes and of some organizations with the direct link http://www.healthfinder.gov/htmlgen/HFKeyword.cfm?Keyword=DIABETES

  15. This site is the ruling by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that permits the special issuance medical certification of insulin-treated applicants for third-class medical certification. The URL is
    http://www.cami.jccbi.gov/AAM-300/insulin.html

  16. "Americans With Disabilities Act Information on the Web" is the central U.S. government site for information on this law. This "other ADA," unlike the American Diabetes Association, has existed only since 1990, and not everyone is aware that it covers individuals with diabetes. The URL is
    http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/

  17. The "Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee" includes representatives from all federal departments and agencies whose programs involve health functions and responsibilities relevant to diabetes and its complications. The DMICC coordinates research activities of the National Institutes of Health and those activities of other federal programs related to diabetes and its complications, contributes to ensuring the adequacy and soundness of these activities, and provides a forum for communication and exchange of information necessary to maintain coordination of these activities. The URL is
    http://www.niddk.nih.gov/federal/dmicc.htm

  18. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is the first nationwide research study designed to find out whether type 2 diabetes can be prevented through diet and exercise or medication. It has reached its goal of recruiting 3,000 participants and is no longer recruiting new volunteers.The URL is
    http://www.preventdiabetes.com/

  19. The Indian Health Service Diabetes Program, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is working to develop, document, and sustain a public health effort to prevent and control diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Web site includes headquarters and regional contact information. The URL is
    http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.asp

  20. The Diabetes Programme of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases of the World Health Organization is responsible for providing to WHO's 190 member countries advice on appropriate policies and strategies for monitoring, prevention, and control of diabetes. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Programme publishes the World Diabetes newsletter. The URL is
    http://www.who.int/ncd/dia/

    At the WHO site see also Diabetes estimates 1995-2025 and Prevalence Estimates at http://www.who.int/ncd/dia/databases.htm/

You may quote part of this page in on-line documents and printed publications, but please notify me so I can add a reference and make sure that you add pointers to the places where people can get the latest version.

Permission to link this site to yours is not needed. Of course, I would be delighted to hear from you, especially if you have a new site that you think should be linked here.

I have no control over the content or continued existence of any external on-line resources linked here, and I therefore cannot guarantee that they will function as promised. The appearance of a site on this list does not imply any endorsement by me.

Since this information is constantly changing, readers are urged to email corrections and updates to me at mendosa@mendosa.com.

If you have a question about your health, please go to either Diabetes Questions & Answers at the Diabetes Monitor, or use the Question Form for the Diabetes Team at Children with Diabetes.


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