Hampshire patient sets up new internet support group for diabetics

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A NEW SOCIAL networking group has been created so young people suffering from diabetes can get help and advice.

Ninjabetics has been set up by type 1 diabetes sufferer Laura Cleverly and her consultant Dr Partha Kar.

The aim is to use Twitter and Facebook as a way of sharing information on how to live with type 1 diabetes.

Laura, 26, of Whiteley, said she hoped to bring sufferers of the condition together.

‘I wish there was something like this 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes,’ she said.

‘I wouldn’t manage it properly because I didn’t know anyone else that had the condition to and I thought if I ignored it, it would go away.

‘But we’re hoping this group will give young people a place to meet, talk about their condition and share tips and information.’

Currently there is no cure for type 1 diabetes and sufferers face a lifetime of injecting insulin.

This is different to type 2 diabetes, which is managed by exercise and a healthy diet.

To find out more visit facebook.com/ninjabetics

Or sign up on Twitter by going to twitter.com/ninjabetic1