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The Diabetes Families Foundation

The foundation of Diabetes Families is built by families like yours. Their wisdom and hard work to protect their kids from obesity and diabetes became the Tools featured on this website.


Only parents really know what is right and realistic for their own families. Making lifestyle changes is not easy. But when I asked families what changes they wanted to make and what they really could do to get their family healthier, I always got the right answer, the answer that was perfect for them.


These families found that writing things down helped them figure out where to get started, make a plan, get the resources they needed and find ongoing support. Together we developed good problem solving skills to build motivation and keep on track.


DiabetesFamilies' Tools are designed to help you figure out for yourself what the right plan for your family is…just like the successful families at Mount Sinai did!

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About Helaine

 Helaine Ciporen counsels families coping with Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic illness at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. She has conducted parent groups, workshops and popular health education events, writes for professional journals and participates in research studies in her efforts to reverse the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic in children. 

Experience and Professionalism

 Ms Ciporen is a child therapist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice for more than 20 years. She holds Masters degrees from Columbia University in clinical social work with children and families and from Bank Street College of Education in special education for learning disabled children.

History of the Web Site

Her web site DiabetesFamilies.com was created as a resource for Type 2 Diabetes information and lifestyle guidance, it was launched on March 1, 2011.

Terms of Use

Diabetes Families Terms of Use

DIABETES FAMILIES offers only behavioral guidance and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


The contents of DIABETESFAMILIES.com, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the DIABETESFAMILIES.com site (“Content”) are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding type 2 diabetes or other medical conditions. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on DIABETES FAMILIES site!


If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. DIABETES FAMILIES does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on this site. Reliance on any information provided by DIABETES FAMILIES or its employees, others appearing on the web site at the invitation of DIABETES FAMILIES, or other visitors to the site is solely at your own risk.


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