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Diabetes Support forum celebrates third birthday

Diabetes UK’s forum,Diabetes Support, is celebrating its third birthday this World Diabetes Day, 14 November. Since being launched in 2008 the site has grown rapidly with more than 300,000 posts and it is a place where users can share their personal experiences of living with diabetes and support others with the condition.

The forum now has over 5,300 users of all ages who share information on everything diabetes related; from information on complications, to what care to expect from your healthcare team – and everything in between.

Invaluable resource

The forum has proved an invaluable resource to those who use it, many of whom say they never previously had the chance to talk to other people with the condition.

“I’ve been a member of the forum since it started, and in that time I’ve seen it grow from a few people to several thousand,” said Alan Eastwood, Head Moderator of the forum. “Some members stay for a few posts, perhaps just wanting to ask a specific question, but many have stayed because the Diabetes Support forum provides a community where people of all ages can share their experiences and support each other.”

Peer-to-peer support

 “You never feel judged when asking questions,” Alan continues, “and you’re amongst people who can empathise directly with your situation. The huge range of knowledge and experience could not be gleaned from any book or single person, and every new member is welcomed with friendliness and practical help.""In the past three years I have seen thousands of people literally turn their lives around, whether they were newly diagnosed, confused and frightened, or long-term diagnosed who had lost touch with up-to-date treatments and practices. And there’s a very healthy dose of humour delivered daily to keep spirits up!”The Diabetes Support forum is free to join. You can browse the various topics of conversation before signing up and can find more information on the site:www.diabetessupport.co.uk.

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