I’ve worked in the diabetes industry for fourteen years and currently serve as a consultant to diabetes companies. When people with type 2 diabetes would ask me where they could find information about diabetes, it always frustrated me that I didn’t have one great consumer-friendly resource that I could refer them to.
So a couple of years ago, my husband Fred and I decided to create a website where newly diagnosed patients and their families could learn the basics of diabetes and participate in an online community. Neither of us have diabetes, but we’ve seen many people with diabetes who have used the motivation of being diagnosed to change their lives and become healthier than they were before they were diagnosed. We wanted to give every person with diabetes the tools they need to do just that…
With a shoestring budget drawn from our savings and the guidance of many wonderful friends in the creative fields, we taught ourselves everything we needed to learn in order to translate the key elements of good diabetes management into a simple, easy-to-use video-based program that we hoped patients would enjoy. Diabetes Treatment Specialist Wil Dubois helped us write the website text and the video scripts, and local diabetes educators approved all the content.
In June 2015, we launched the website and have continued to add content and grow our community ever since. This is a site dedicated to education which does not promote specific branded products. We are driven by our passion to help people with diabetes (and everyone!) live healthy lives.
Our Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Richard Jackson, MD is our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Jackson is an endocrinologist who brings a wealth of experience in the diabetes field. He worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center for over 30 years, serving as the Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services and a Senior Physician. He led the first National Institutes of Health clinical trial to study diabetes prevention and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Diabetes, a non-profit. Dr. Jackson has reviewed all of our videos for accuracy and we are delighted to have him on our team.
Collectively, we have over 45 years of experience in the diabetes and advertising fields and we’re whole-hearted in our commitment to use what we know to make the world a better place by helping people with diabetes. For more info about the diabetes epidemic worldwide, we’d suggest that you read this.
If you’re interested in helping people with diabetes and would like to know how you can help further our mission, send us an email at info@DiabetesWhatToKnow.com. We’re always looking for volunteers to help us create new videos, be an expert in our forums and mentor other folks with diabetes. We would love to hear from you!
Diabetes- What To Know has received sponsorship funding from Novo Nordisk to promote the content on the DiabetesWhatToKnow.com website. Novo Nordisk has not influenced the content or the promotion of this site and is not in any way responsible for its content.