Awareness has often been highlighted as the principal factor in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, and the aversion of a possible future healthcare crisis. Despite the multi-million pound industry that has built up surrounding diabetes, with companies wrestling for their share of the huge stakes, individual knowledge remains the key. Education of all people with chronic diseases, diabetes amongst them, should be at the forefront of medical priorities. The internet will surely play a fundamental role in spreading awareness.
A number of online charity and private websites now exist online, loaded with information and advice for the browser . For instance, any type of diabetes-related search term will bring up a host of online pages that could be of use to diabetic patients, their family or their friends. Subjects such as diabetic diet, diabetes complications and diabetes drugs are comprehensively covered online.
Some websites are advancing to the next stage, providing video and interactive tools for their users. Information is also becoming more complex, with features such as the diabetes.co.uk Global archive and industry archive providing an international spread of facts for diabetes sufferers.
The Internet is the medium of the 21st Century, and spreading information about diabetes online should be encouraged.

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