TuDiabetes.org is a social network for people suffering from diabetes and their loved ones. The site has a very active user community, and is a full-featured networking site. The site seeks to provide a community for diabetics where they can find education and other resources, interacts with others with diabetes and to help users lead an active life despite of their disease. Social networking features, which can be accessed from a convenient top menu bar, include Invite friends, MyPage (the user's home page), Members, Forums, Groups, Blogs, Photos, Videos and Resources.
The site also features a section specifically concerning diabetes, including New to Diabetes?, Topic of the Month, Type I Diabetes, Type II Diabetes, Other Types of Diabetes, Nutrition and Recipes, Diabetes News, Control Your Diabetes, Complications, and Other Resources. From the user's home page (MyPage), users can see a stream of their recent activity, and access their friends, groups, photos videos and favorites. The forums are very active, with most questions posted having multiple answers. Users with all types of diabetes belong to the site. The Home page shows a summary of the latest Forum Posts, Recent Activity on the site, Photos (recently posted), Members (most recent) and recent blog posts and videos.Show more screenshots »
TuDiabetes.org was launched in October 2009 by The Diabetes Hands Foundation, a non-profit corporation designed to assist people with diabetes and raise money for research.
Competition to TuDiabetes.org comes from sites such as Diabetes.org and DiabetesFriends.net. Diabetes.org is the official website of the American Diabetes Association, and has much information and many resources concering diabetes. DiabetesFriends.net is a a social network for people with diabetes and their loved ones, but does not offer as many social networking features or as much educational material as TuDiabetes.org. In addition, it has a much smaller userbase, but the site is adding features and growing at a steady pace.
The TuDiabetes.org site has a clean and uncluttered look and feel. There are quite a few links shown on some pages, but they are well done and do not appear too busy. The site is very responsive, and page loads happen quickly. All of the social networking features seem to work well, and the site has a very active userbase. Advertising is displayed on the TuDiabetes.org site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to TuDiabetes.org is free and is required to use the social networking features of the site. Membership requires approval by an administrator. The registration process asks for email address, password and birthdate. Validation of the email address is not required. After initial registration, members must answer a number of questions about themselves, including whether or not they have diabetes and what type. Some of the profile questions are optional.
The is no premium membership to the TuDiabetes.org site, however the site does accept donations.
TuDiabetes is recommended to users with diabetes or with a friend or loved one who has the disease. The site has a good deal of informational material about the disease and learning to live with it, and the user forums are very active and a good source of information. The site allows users to interact in a safe environment with others who are suffering from the disease or have friends or loved ones with the disease. Overall, an excellent resource on diabetes.