Type 1 resource website launches
A website which aims to pull together all the resources and support for people with type 1 diabetes has been launched.
T1 Resources is a collection of useful links, websites and online communities which the founders say can help people manage their diabetes.
The content – which is still a work in progress – has been put together by people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals to offer a selection of valuable resources that have been reviewed and selected because they are helpful, informative and offer good support.
He said: “A resource, such as this, is indeed something that would be welcome, not only from a patient perspective, but also from a healthcare professionals view point.
“It is a step in the right direction aiming to help with self-management as well as acting as a resource pool for someone with type 1 diabetes.
“I envisage this growing further with the ever expanding world of social media, innovation and technology- all in all, an exciting new development in the world of type 1 diabetes!”
He has worked with Dr Pratik Choudhary, a senior lecturer and consultant in diabetes at King’s College London and Sophie Harris who is a diabetes and endocrinology doctor training in south London.
Another Diabetes Times contributor Ninjabetic – otherwise known as Laura Cleverly – is also involved, along with Mike Kendall, who has had diabetes for over 25 years and Kev Winchcombe, who has a daughter with type 1.
The aim of the site is to create a “one-stop shop” of type 1 diabetes resources, which have been sourced from the internet in various formats to suit the needs of a diverse audience.
Evidence shows benefit from peer-support, however less than 10 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes know someone with the condition.
A lack of peer support can lead to isolation and feelings of being overwhelmed with the daily tasks associated with self-managing this complex long-term condition.
The website offers a wealth of online resources ranging from ‘how to’ video clips, forums, blogs and informative ebooklets.
The resources have been co-created with peer-review (people living with type 1 diabetes, parents and carers) and healthcare professional quality assurance.