An app for anyone with type 1 diabetes who wants an online space to connect with others living with the condition.
What does the app do?
Beyond Type 1 app allows people living with type 1 diabetes to connect to other people with the condition. You can share stories, challenges and successes in a safe place. You can have public discussions or ask a question that people can like or comment on. You can also message people privately. The app also has an events section where you can sign up to free Q+As, group meetings, game nights, webinars and more.
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✔ Easy to use.
✔ Respectful place with community guidelines.
✔ Connect with users around the world and in your local area.
✔ Talking about and connecting to people who know what it's like to live with type 1 diabetes can bring about positive benefits.
✘ Large volume of content that may be overwhelming at first. But the app has tips for navigating the app, which is a good place to start.
✘ Some of the experiences shared from around the world may not be relevant to New Zealanders.
✘ Although people with diabetes are experts in their own condition, it's important people do not substitute information on the app for advice from their healthcare team.
✘ It can be easy to compare yourself to other people and their diabetes management which could cause anxiety for some people.
Date of review: February 2021
Platform reviewed: Apple
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Reviewer: Emma Shields, New Zealand Registered Dietitian
Date of review: February 2021
Comments: Beyond Type 1 app is most useful for anyone impacted by type 1 diabetes who wants an online space to connect with others who know what it’s like to live with type 1 diabetes. Talking about and relating to other people living with diabetes can bring positive changes. This app aims to highlight not only people living with type 1 diabetes, but thriving with it. Users can connect with people from all over the world, as well as other people in their local area. There are similar challenges faced by people living with type 1 diabetes no matter where they live and this app is creating a global community.
Safety concerns: Many people with diabetes find it useful to share experiences and learn from each other. But what works for one person may not work for another and it's important people do not substitute advice from their healthcare team.
The Community Guidelines and Expectations tell people to avoid giving medical advice to others and reminds people that personal experience is not the same as medical advice. Users can report something that they think violates the community guidelines and the admin team will review these. It is not clear if the app has any health professionals monitoring the posts.
Because the app includes global users and there are a range of differences in diabetes management by country, some of the experiences shared may be less relevant or accurate for people living with type 1 diabetes in New Zealand. This could add to the confusion, especially for people newly diagnosed.
New Zealand relevance: This app allows users to connect to people in their local area. In 2018 Diabetes NZ took over the Beyond Type 1 social media channels. They also partnered with Beyond Type 1 to run a diabetic ketoacidosis awareness campaign. Read more.