TuDiabetes Celebrates First Year

Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the young age of 39. Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults; that’s what my family physician called it. It was a shocker for sure. No one in my family has had diabetes. Like all good alpha geeks I decided to find out everything I could about my ailment. I found a web site called TuDiabetes and the passion of a man named Manny Hernandez. The social networking site had only a few dozen members at the time but I quickly made new online friends; Bernard, Marston, Manny, Kerri, Jenny, Allison to name a few. I learned a lot about diabetes, nutrition etc but I also learned a lot about the power and greatness of those who want to help others. Manny, thanks for stepping out and taking a stand to make the difference in all our lives. You made the community possible.


Press release here.


Health 2.0 and diabetes

A writer for tech blog Read/WriteWeb, Richard MacManus, is diagnosed with diabetes and discovers some of the best resources on the web. Although a fairly long post, Richard gives a brief introduction to each web site and how he found it useful. A few of my favorites are mentioned, including social network TuDiabetes founded by Manuel Hernandez and diabetes stats web site SugarStats, founded by Marston Alfred.I must say he found these sites and other resources much sooner that I did after I was diagnosed in 2006. It took me over a year to get my A1C down below 7.2 ( now at 6.5 ) and I could not have done it without the help of the members of TuDiabetes.

“Manny describes it as a place ‘where the members help each other out, educate ourselves and share the steps we take every day to stay healthy while living with this very serious condition.’ One person described Tu Diabetes as ‘like ‘MySpace’ on insulin’! The site recently reached 1,400 members and it is a great example of a niche social network,”  

(Via A Health 2.0 Overview, Through the Eyes of a New Diabetic.)

What can you do to help?

Incredible video produced by a student to help raise awareness about diabetes.

Over 6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. This video was shot as part of the activities at Full Sail, for World Diabetes Day. Shooting and editing was done by Brett Novak, a Digital Art & Design student at Full Sail. Music: 2litros Video: Brett Novak. 

See it here on TuDiabetes.com.  Click to visit Tu Diabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes!

Deserts, dingoes and diabetes

Desert Dingo Racing LogoI was recently contacted by Jim Graham, co-owner of Desert Dingo Racing . His team is racing a 1969 VW Beetle in the Baja 1000 in Mexico. This year the Baja 1000 event occurs on the same day as World Diabetes Day sponsored by the Internation Diabetes Foundation.

I am not familiar at all with either of these events ( some video of the Baja 1000 can be found on YouTube here ) but the two events are related in that the team will be using the event to generate awareness of diabetes ( two team members have Type 2 diabetes ) and raise money for diabetes research and education.

Jim was kind enough to provide background on his team and the event.

  • Desert Dingo Racing is a team of Silicon Valley professionals who’ve come together to race a near-stock 1969 VW Beetle in the 40th annual, 1,300 mile long Baja 1000 desert race. The course will take them from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of Baja California.
  • Two members of the team, Mike Aquino and Richard Palasik, have Type 2 diabetes and several other team members have a history of the disease in their families.
  • The team has partnered with the International Diabetes Federation and has been designated the official “World Diabetes Day car” for the race. The team is supporting a drive-a-thon fund raiser to support diabetes research and education. 100% of the funds raised go to the IDF. We’re also working with the Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes in Mexico City and expect to be distributing information on diabetes in Spanish during the race.
  • Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in Baja California. Mexico is second only to the U.S. with the highest prevalence of diabetes in North America, reporting 33% of all cases, according to the SASI Group. Of the 8 million people living along the U.S.-Mexico border, 5.7%, or approximately 1.2 million, have Type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Pre-diabetes has been found among 14% of the total adult population in the area on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the CDC. Pre-diabetes affects approximately one million individuals, impacting 51% of women and 49% of men.
  • Baja 1000 Race Week runs from Nov. 10-16 and coincides with World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. The race begins 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. We expect it will take us 53 hours to complete the course driving non-stop and changing out drivers and navigators several times. We will start live blogging and Twittering when we arrive in Mexico on Nov. 9.
  • The race attracts 300,000 spectators on the course and millions more watch the TV coverage. It’s the longest non-stop point-to-point race in the world.
  • Class 11 racing is limited to near-stock pre-1983 VW Beetles that have a roll cage, minor suspension modifications, racing seats and seatbelts and slightly larger tires. The nine-time winner in Class 11, Eric Solorzano, built Desert Dingo’s engine.

TuDiabetes Press Release

ORLANDO, FL: October 4, 2007 – TuDiabetes.com, a new online social network for people touched by diabetes, passes the 1,000 member mark.


TuDiabetes.com, launched by Manny Hernandez (www.askmanny.com) in March 2007 using the Ning.com platform, reached 1,000 members at the turn of September 2007. Members continue to join from all over the world, with the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Taiwan, India and Singapore among the countries represented. The community continues to grow almost by 10% almost evert week.


Bernard Farrell, a member of TuDiabetes.com from Massachusetts who has lived 35 years with diabetes and a well-known blogger in the diabetes online community (http://www.bernardfarrell.com/blog/blogger.html) commented: “TuDiabetes.com is a wonderful resource.” He added: “It’s nice to know that it’s positively helping 1,000 people.”


Becoming a member of TuDiabetes.com is free. After creating and customizing their profile page, members participate in diabetes-related discussions in the Forum, share their thoughts and ideas in their blog and post their photos and videos. They also connect through the “Tu Diabetes Chat Room” where they exchange tips for a healthier diabetic lifestyle.


Everyone is allowed to create their own groups and invite other members to join them. Among the most popular groups that have been formed are: “Parents of Kids with Type 1,” “College Students with Diabetes,” “Diabetes and Sexuality (for women),” “Diabetes Veterans” and “Continuous Glucose Monitor Users”.


TuDiabetes.com is a community that exemplifies the new generation of Health 2.0 web sites (http://health20.org/wiki/Health_2.0_Companies), which utilize Web 2.0 technologies to empower people, so they can make better decisions about the management of health conditions such as diabetes.


Also created in early August 2007, is the Spanish-only sister site, EsTuDiabetes.com, aimed at Spanish-speaking diabetics in the US, Latin America, Spain and throughout the rest of the world, which recently passed the 100 member mark.


“I am very proud with the way the community has continued to grow in reach and depth while maintaining a family feel,” added Hernandez. “When dozens of new people continue to join daily, it’s one of the biggest challenges, but it’s one of the things that makes TuDiabetes unique.”


About TuDiabetes.com


TuDiabetes.com is an online community for people touched by diabetes. Launched in March 2007, TuDiabetes.com was at first directed only to Hispanics with Diabetes but quickly found a following from all over the world. TuDiabetes.com was founded by Web Product Manager and Internet Marketer, Manny Hernandez, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in late 2002. He also writes the monthly column “Hola Diabetes” for dLife Viewpoints (http://www.dlife.com) in English and Spanish.


TuDiabetes.com runs on Ning.com (http://ning.com), an online platform for creating social websites and social networks co-founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini.


As of October 2007, TuDiabetes.com is considered one of the fastest growing online communities for people with diabetes.


TuDiabetes.com also maintains a presence on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/tudiabetes) and an active group in Facebook (http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=2405603280). Additionally, it has a YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/tudiabetes), a Video Blog and a Spanish-only sister site, EsTuDiabetes.com.


For more information please visit: www.TuDiabetes.com.