I spoke with Manny Hernandez (@askmanny) about the diabetes online communities he founded at TuDiabetes (Engligh) and EsTuDiabetes (Spanish) -- which include tens of thousands of people with diabetes and their family members -- as well as his experience attending the Diabetes Innovation conference last year, and his thoughts on communications regarding diabetes.
Manny was a keynote speaker at last year's conference and will take part in a social media panel discussion this year.
I am working with the Joslin Diabetes Center to get the word out about Diabetes Innovation 2013, October 3-5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Follow the link for the best rate available on conference registration. This interview first appeared on the Diabetes Innovation blog, idiabetesblog.org.
I asked Manny whether social media can play a role in effecting clinical improvements in diabetes management, and he pointed to the Big Blue Test, an initiative of his Diabetes Hands Foundation. He's presented data from this project at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting: Folks who participate by posting their blood glucose readings before and after 15-20 minutes of exercise, and engaging in online conversation, see long-term benefits in terms of better management of their conditions. (The before-and-after glucose readings showed a 20% drop on average.) Over 40,000 PWD have participated to date. Look for a social media campaign this fall to promote participation in the Big Blue Test in the month leading up to World Diabetes Day.