This is the one about Science, Diabetes and Social Media.

social media use by people with diabetes

At the ADA’s 73rd Scientific Sessions last week I came across this poster called Social Media Use by Individuals with Diabetes by University of South Florida’s College of Public Health (Emily Shaffer-Hudkins, Nicole Johnson & Stephanie Melton).

I would say that this poster fits into the “What we already know, but it’s nice to see data backing it up” category.  People surveyed found information related to “coping with diabetes” useful.  And they found supportive words/stories/comments helpful.  And the “duh” continues with the finding that over 80% of those surveyed identified as type 1s, while only 2% identified as type 2s…which is explained by the age of the survey participants (and ultimately the age of the people using social media).

The purpose of this study was to address gaps in clinical literature and to assist health professionals understand the social support need of people living with diabetes (hallelujah!).

This poster contains information that we’ve known about and have been talking about for years (that when people with chronic conditions find community online, their lives improve), but it is good to see that the psychosocial/behavioral medicine folks are catching on too.

See the poster here on the ADA’s site.

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