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Social Diabetes Support Groups

Twitter's #Diabetes Initiative Lets Sufferers Share Stories Online

— August 24, 2015 — Lifestyle
Twitter's recent #diabetes initiative is a virtual support group for sufferers of the disease. In addition to spreading the word about diabetes and its various treatment options, this social media campaign connects fellow diabetes sufferers and lets them share personal stories online.

In recent months, social media platforms have been leveraged by many who wish to inform mass audiences about specific health conditions and epidemics. While brands like telecom company bell have addressed topics like mental health, the #diabetes initiative takes a more inclusive approach and invites diabetes sufferers across the globe to participate.

In addition to being accessed by Twitter users, this hashtag and campaign can be leveraged by health brands and health industry professionals who wish to participate.
Trend Themes
1. Virtual Health Communities - Social media platforms are being leveraged to create virtual communities for health support.
2. Hashtag Campaigns for Health - Hashtag campaigns are being used to spread awareness and connect individuals suffering from specific diseases.
3. Peer Support for Health - Online communities are providing a means for individuals to connect and support one another in managing their health conditions.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare - Healthcare providers can use social media platforms to create virtual support systems and offer services to individuals with specific health needs.
2. Technology - Tech companies can create platforms or apps that enable individuals with specific health needs to connect and provide mutual support.
3. Pharmaceuticals - Pharmaceutical companies can leverage hashtag campaigns to increase awareness about treatments and provide support for patients with specific health conditions.
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