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Published on February 19, 2014

Finding Online Content and Useful Apps

February 19, 2014

man looking at many web pagesMore and more Americans are turning to the Internet to explore topics related to their health concerns. And many, if not most, of those searching for information are women.

Studies show that women are the primary healthcare decision makers in their households, and not surprisingly, women make up a majority of the health seekers who turn to the more 17,000 health-related websites available online. Women search for information for both their families and themselves, and often look for more information after visiting a physician. And many women wonder if the information they’ve found is valid and reliable. If you’re looking for trustworthy healthcare information, I would encourage you to use these tips from The National Women’s Resource Center to help you find the best information available:

  • Choose website addresses with .gov, .org and .edu at the end. These sites are usually sponsored by state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, or colleges and universities.
  • Don’t trust it? Don’t read it! Visit the websites of nationally or regionally recognized organizations for the most up-to-date information on the health topics you’re involved in.
  • Trust your instincts. If what you’re reading sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Check the author’s credentials. If you’re looking for information specifically about diabetes, look for credentials like CDE (certified diabetes educator) or RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist).

We also like to recommend some apps that are available for mobile and tablet devices. Our favorites are Go Meals and My Fitness Pal. Go Meals can help you track meals, activity, and blood glucose levels. My Fitness Pal has a free calorie counter, and one of the largest nutrition and calorie databases available.

I hope this information helps. Another resource for reliable health information is your local physician or healthcare provider.

 

Melissa Romano, RD, LDN
Certified Diabetes Educator

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