Digital healthcare can provide people with diabetes access to education, support and treatment interventions.
Self-supporting communities can help healthcare professionals with their most precious resource: time. Where they often struggle to have longer discussions with patients, forum users have all the time they need. When using forums like ours, people really learn about their condition. They are not just told what they should do and sent on their way.
By using digital media to improve diabetes health outcomes, we’re able to provide people with tailored interventions and unprecedented access to key information. Rather than working against the advice of doctors, we’re enhancing it.
Moreover, results show that people are improving their health through our digital solutions, reporting improved blood glucose levels, weight loss and better understanding of diabetes.
Building upon the foundations of togetherness and collaboration, on March 1, 2016, the Diabetes.co.uk Advisory Panel was appointed to ensure Diabetes.co.uk is guided by leaders in their respective fields to aid in accomplishing our mission.
The Diabetes Forum was launched in 2001; it is now the world’s largest community of people with and without diabetes alike.
The forum has over 199,334 members and welcomes people with and without diabetes, their friends, parents, carers and others. The forum enables the diabetes community to talk openly about their condition - especially regarding diet - and it is community feedback that makes it possible for us to keep positively affecting real-world health.
A recent survey found that:
- 77% of forum members improve their understanding of diabetes within six months
- 1 in 3 forum members improve their HbA1c within six months
Hypo Training Program
The Hypo Training Program was our first education solution: a free online program that helps people with insulin-treated diabetes improve their understand of hypoglycemia.
Upon completion of the Patient course:
- 88% of people reported knowing how to spot a hypo and
- 63% experienced fewer severe hypos after six months
At a conservative estimate, the Hypo Training Program has saved the NHS £1.4m in call-out costs. Following its success, we also created programs for Teachers, Parents and Healthcare Professionals.
CPD points can be earned for the Parents and Healthcare Professional programs.
On World Diabetes Day 2015, we launched the Low-Carb Program. The free, structured 10-week course was developed based on the latest research and with the help of 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Forum played an instrumental role in the development of the Low-Carb Program. Forum users have reported reversing their type 2 diabetes after adopting a low-carb diet, and results from the program have already been impressive.
Data from 2015 denotes:
- 82% of users have lost weight and
- 73% have improved/significantly improved their blood glucose levels after meals
We are always looking for new ways to improve digital health. This led to the development of the free Diabetes PA app, which offers a new approach to diabetes management.
Diabetes PA serves as a personal diabetes assistant, allowing users to track various aspects of their health, such as blood glucose levels, medication, HbA1c and food intake.
Diabetes PA is also one of the only diabetes management apps where users can track their blood glucose levels in comparison to their mood.
Type 2 Testing Program
We launched the Type 2 Testing Program to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their blood glucose control through structured blood glucose testing.
Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels can empower non-insulin treated type 2 patients to reduce their HbA1c and the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.
The Type 2 Testing program provides diabetes test strips alongside full structured support. After 12 months of following the program:
- 96% of members understand the impact of food on blood glucose and
- The average HbA1c reduction after 6 months is 1.2%
By connecting and sharing data we are not only positive affecting real-world health, but also changing diabetes research and understanding for the better.
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