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How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Free Weight Loss Tools for People with Diabetes

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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About The Author

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

  • DOLPHIN1965
    Curious abut BMI - 12/15/2014 5:47:59 PM
  • 2244ANNIE
    I want to be able to set a personal carb goal, and also see net carbs in foods I log. This site really needs to upgrade it's features for people tracking carbs and having lower daily carb goals. Surprisingly disapointing site for this aspect of diet tracking. - 11/21/2014 9:17:09 AM
  • I agree with the ppl on here this is really difficult to find information and menu s on here for diabetes..... when I 1st join spark people 4 yrs ago I had no problem finding menu s and help for weight loss ...... But now I have been checking ideas for my type 2 diabetes and I'm having a very hard time finding what I need like menu s and a list of good carbs, and how many carbs per meals ETC .... I am very disappointed with spark people I don't know why people have to fix something if it isn't broke

    Saundra - 11/2/2014 10:10:54 PM
    how do i change my meal plan specifics, my needs have changed
    - 8/31/2014 10:19:58 AM
    I find this site to be very confusing an time consuming. - 8/1/2014 9:00:42 PM
  • This is very frustrating. I have insulin resistance (headed toward diabetes) and could never in a million years lose weight if I ate 50% of my meals in carbs, and my husband is full blown diabetic. Sparkspeople has it's diabetic setting to 50% carbs each meal. Seriously? No one with any true knowledge of full blown diabetes would recommend 50% of calories in a meal be eaten as carbs. We have been to several classes at our local hospital and no way would they recommend that. If my husband ate 50% of his meals as carbs, his blood sugar would be through the roof and it's not in any way what his doctor would recommend. Also, the fat settings are so dang low. We get most of our fat from good fats like avocado, olive oils, coconut oil, etc, but these setting in my humble opinion are NOT healthy for a true diabetic. And what's worse, is you can't adjust them properly. - 8/1/2014 7:04:39 AM
    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

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