November 21, 2012

Diabesties: An App That Connects People With Diabetes

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Are you in college and want to find other people with Type 1 diabetes? There’s an app for that. It’s called Diabesties. The information follows about Diabesties, the College Diabetes Network (CDN), and the pieces that connect the two. Without further ado, I give you the teasers and links to put this remarkable tale together.

This tale begins with three friends: Natalie, Sam, and Jo. Over a short period of time these girls found each other and their mutual interest in Type 1 diabetes, college, and understanding of the life with the disease in this environment. To this end Diabesties was founded.

They created a Facebook group called Diabesties and added every young adult living with type-1 diabetes that they knew. If you’d like to be a part of this “closed group” — submit a request. Today the group has turned into a forum for young adults to find each other, talk about hot topics, and to feel normal. On that same note, they reached out to other students on their campus and started the Wellesley College CDN chapter.

For those of you not interested in breaking into a closed group – no worries. Diabesties has a non-profit organization page on Facebook. Hangout, survey the atmosphere, take a look around. If you’ve been a lurker on the diabetes online community for a while, you’ll see a few faces and names you recognize. If you’re new to the scene, you’ll find some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet online in this niche.

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization that helps students create groups on college and university campuses, and provides information relevant to young adult life with Type I diabetes. The mission of the CDN is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. Find them on Facebook.

Although Diabesties was originally started on campus in a CDN chapter Рit has now been developed into an iPhone application by Ayogo. Click here to learn more about it and download the app!

Visit Your Diabetes Health for more resources about health.