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How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Free Weight Loss Tools for People with Diabetes

-- By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
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Welcome to SparkPeople, America's most active weight-loss and healthy living website! This article will introduce you to all of the SparkPeople features that can help adults manage type 2 diabetes, including our Spark*D Diabetes Management Program, which offers a variety of free tools, trackers, articles and support options that can help you achieve success in the lifestyle management program that your doctor, health care provider and/or Certified Diabetes Educator has outlined for you.

SparkPeople can help you with the diet, exercise and weight-loss components of your treatment plan, but please note that our website is no substitute for regular medical care. While certified diabetes educators helped develop these articles and tools, you should follow the treatment guidelines given to you by your doctor and/or certified diabetes educator should you encounter any contradictions to your treatment plan.

About Type 2 Diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes must work to manage the disease for the rest of their lives. You can help control your blood glucose levels by following a healthy diet and exercise program, losing excess weight, and using medication prescribed by your doctors.
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Amy L. Poetker Amy L. Poetker
Amy Poetker is a licensed and registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's degree in dietetics. Amy, who has spent most of her career working in diabetes education, is dedicated to the treatment of that disease and the prevention of related complications. See all of Amy's articles.

Member Comments

    I really like SparkPeople but am frustrated by my inability to adjust the daily carb target. My diabetes dietician has me on 120 carbs per day, considerably less than what is in the SparkPeople program. - 2/5/2014 11:54:47 AM
    How do you view the meal plan? I know how to get to the area where the meals shouls show. I don't see not meals? - 10/10/2013 1:22:48 PM
    I too find spark people complicated but haven't found anything that isn't -Yet-
    I find i spend more time trying to fill out trackers than getting out there on my bike.My main goal in life is to find a site that recognized that a lot of diabetics have lost their teeth and offer recipes suited to "non chewers". - 8/29/2013 4:34:53 PM
  • Thank you for being Diabetic friendly. I closed my Weight Watcher's account and joined
    SparkPeople! - 7/16/2013 11:07:11 PM
    Im new to Sparkpeople after just being diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. I am very confused as to whether this program is the right one, after reading some of the comments. i guess I'll just have to wait for my appt. next with with the Diabetic Educator to find out. - 7/12/2013 12:47:19 AM
    I have joined the management plan and clicked each thing for Type II and still can't find a free week's worth of meal plans and so I can empathize with the member for whom the site is too difficult to use. It is probably simple if you understand it so I guess I'll hang in there for awhile. The one for ten bucks a month where they use the sales at Safeway plus your preferences would tempt us except Bill always shops at Safeway--a creature of habit. :)
    - 6/29/2013 3:51:31 PM
  • AYLA1357
    This site is too difficult to to use - 6/27/2013 6:14:48 PM
  • I added a third snack to my meal plan according to my dietician's recommendations. It shows in the nutrition tracker, but it doesn't give foods on the meal plan, and is not included in the overall totals of nutrients. How do I get it to do that? My other two snacks are included in the overall total and have food suggestions. - 6/7/2013 11:00:57 AM
  • I am in information overload!!!! I am newly diagnosed with diabetes (2/13) and hypothyroid (10/12) as well as have multiple food allergies/intoler
    ances, i.e.: gluten intolerant, severe allergies to all nuts + peas. Trying to figure out appropriate nutrition and meal planning is about to send me over the edge :P Can anyone help??? - 5/15/2013 1:03:00 AM
    i am so overwhelmed with the diabeties and trying to lose weight and figure out this site. how do you manage diabeties on a very tight budget. - 5/8/2013 7:47:35 AM
  • GENART - 8 weeks - 4/13/2013 8:02:06 PM
  • Approximately how long does it take to become accustomed to this site? - 3/21/2013 1:13:05 PM
  • You are all an inspiration. DONNARAE...I really like your story and how you overcame Type 2 with working hard, gaining weight, and getting healthier. I am glad to be in this great place. - 2/6/2013 9:12:36 PM
    I was diagnosed with T2 in 1993, read an article in 1998 in The Glade an Archery magazine, and changed my diet to low carb high fat. My BG and A1c have been in the normal range ever since. And no pills!!

    I have just found a new site at www.curediabetesw, which I think is by the man who cured my T2 fifteen years ago. I can recommend it.

    I asked my doctor, if my BG and A1C are always normal, am I diabetic? All he said was Thats an interesting question!!!

    I donít think I can be now. My latest A1c was 5.4 for example.

    I don't bother counting carbs or anything else now. Once you understand that only carbs can cause T2D and cut them down, it is easy. And starting the day with eggs scrambled in butter is so much more satisfying than cereal and semiskim milk.
    - 7/9/2012 10:53:55 AM
    all i have ever asked for is. and everyday diet . of simple everyday food. that you can eat if you have diabetics II. ex: eggs, bread, lunch meat, cheese, pizza, nuts, etc. etc. that someone can show at least 2 for breakfast, 2 for lunch, and 2 dinners. snacks i got that. everyone, makes these menus, that have stuff in them. that you never have or will buy. and forget it if it tastes bad. if you have a simple menu please list. thanks and have a great day!! - 5/18/2012 6:42:46 PM