Online type 1 diabetes comic to launch on World Diabetes Day

Jack Woodfield
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Online type 1 diabetes comic to launch on World Diabetes Day
A follow-up to an online comic is being launched to help educate people about the differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1: Attack of the Ketones will be released online on 14 November to mark World Diabetes Day.

It is the sequel to Type 1: Origins, which was released in 2016 and is available to read online for free on the Revolve website, which designed the publication.

Both comics have been developed by Dr Partha Kar, of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Mayank Patel, of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Together, they worked with people who have type 1 diabetes to understand the frustrations they may have about their conditions and their coping mechanisms.

Type 1: Origins, which is the first comic and is currently available to read on the Revolve website tells the story of Gary and how he coped with his type 1 diagnosis. The tale explored his emotions on receiving his diagnosis and how he overcame his shock, surprise and upset, eventually accepting it so he could live with his condition.

Dr Patel said: "We had some great responses to the first comic. We found it was a really great way to inform and educate young people with type 1 diabetes, as well as those who are around them.

"We have found that many people get confused about the two different types of diabetes, and as a group, people with type 1 diabetes can therefore feel excluded and are forced to deal with ignorance about their disease on a regular basis.

"This can be hugely frustrating, and the hope is, that these comic books will provide another means of spreading the type 1 diabetes message through art and that the story will inform and educate anyone who reads it."

Type 1: Attack of the Ketones will to be available to read online for free on Revolve website.
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