Laura Cleverly (Ninjabetic)

Laura Cleverly is a Diabetes UK Young Leader and diabetes advocate. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. Laura is currently studying a nursing degree and is the founder of the online diabetes support platform Ninjabetic and co-founder of Our Diabetes, a weekly Twitter chat hosted by and for people affected by diabetes.

Laura believes that social media can greatly benefit people with diabetes as it incorporates core aspects of traditional face to face groups, such as support, education, encouragement and experience, which can be accessed at the touch of a button.

Ninjabetic and Our Diabetes are both educational platforms for health care professionals and people working within the pharmaceutical industry wanting to gain an insight into the lives of people and families who live with diabetes. Laura regularly interacts with healthcare professionals and CCGs, working together to improve diabetes care locally and nationally.

Laura has a particular interest in the psychological and emotional aspect of living with diabetes and the support and treatment that is available to patients and their families. She has written for publications such as The Independent and The Journal of Diabetes Nursing, amongst others, to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes campaigns and advancing diabetes technologies.