Diabetes site reaches 160k members
The UK’s largest community website and forum for people living with diabetes has reached more than 160,000 members.
The total means that diabetes.co.uk is now reaching five per cent of the 3.2 million people who have diabetes in the UK.
The website aims to raise awareness and provides education for the diabetes community.
It is also provides a platform for people to talk, share stories and gain peer support.
Arjun Panesar, from Diabetes.co.uk, said: “We are delighted that the diabetes community forum has reached 160,000 members. The Diabetes.co.uk forum is a support mechanism that enables and educates people to realise they aren’t alone and makes a positive difference to people’s lives.”
It was proven in a 2013 survey, completed by over 1,000 respondents in 48 hours, that the Diabetes.co.uk forum helped members of the community in their day-to-day lives and diabetes management. The survey showed that:
• 73 per cent of forum members said they had improved their understanding of diabetes because of information on the diabetes forum.
• 44 per cent of forum members said they had improved their blood glucose control.
• 35 per cent of forum members said the forum had helped them to reduce their HbA1c.
• 55 per cent of forum members said they had improved their diet choices.
• And almost half of the forum members who completed the survey said they had more confidence in managing their diabetes.
The site was recently nominated for a top social media award for the work it did for the successful #BloodSugarSelfies campaign.
The online event was created to highlight World Diabetes Day last year and encouraged people to share a picture of themselves with their blood glucose meter on the micro-blogging site Twitter.