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Young Onset Diabetes Care Community Campaign

Young Onset Diabetes Care Community Campaign
The rising prevalence of young onset diabetes before the age of 40 affects one in five people with diabetes in Hong Kong. This knowledge transfer project aims to arouse the awareness and to educate the public for early diagnosis of young onset diabetes and its risk factors to prevent fatal complications using the Risk Understanding By Yourself (RUBY) for Diabetes and its Complications mobile app.

With the support of the Knowledge Transfer Project Fund of the University, our Institute has initiated a 2-year first of its kind Young Onset Diabetes Care Community Campaign in Hong Kong since February 2018 with the following objectives - 

  • To arouse the awareness of the general public in particular teenagers and young adults of the high prevalence and risk factors of young onset diabetes and its fatal complications

  • To educate the public for prevention and for early diagnosis of young onset diabetes by using the Risk Understanding By Yourself (RUBY) for Diabetes and its Complications mobile app developed by the CUHK diabetes research team

  • To nurture and empower young ambassadors of diabetes care to improve health and quality of life for the community at large

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This Campaign would serve as a pilot study of young onset diabetes screening in the community. By using the RUBY mobile app to raise awareness for early diagnosis and collaborating with NGOs for early behavioural intervention of people with young onset diabetes in Hong Kong, young adults would be more alert of their own health conditions and be able to maintain a healthier lifestyle to achieving quality of life in their middle ages, thus reducing hospitalization rate and costs by preventing complications.