Beyond Type 2 Celebrates Two Years, Launches New Community Platform


 2021-01-15

Today, global diabetes nonprofit Beyond Type 1 celebrates the two-year anniversary of the launch of Beyond Type 2—a digital platform for those impacted by type 2 diabetes, available in English and Spanish. Additionally, today marks the launch of a new way for people with type 2 diabetes to connect—the Beyond Type 2 Community, a closed social network operated by the organization.

Beyond Type 2 is a program of diabetes nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1, providing a home online for those impacted by type 2 diabetes. Beyond Type 2 operates parallel websites and social media channels in English and Spanish, with unique content tailored to each audience.

Since Beyond Type 2 launched in 2019, the web and social platforms have grown to serve a network of nearly half a million individuals impacted by type 2 diabetes. Across English and Spanish platforms, Beyond Type 2’s resources, articles and personal stories strive to provide readers the resources and support to manage and thrive with type 2 diabetes.

Today’s launch of the Beyond Type 2 community—which also includes a Spanish-language section—provides another critical way for people with type 2 diabetes to connect with one another. The goal of the community, which can be accessed on desktop web browser or via iOS or Android phone apps, is to provide a safe space online for anyone impacted by type 2 diabetes (T2D) (those who live with T2D or care for someone who does) to connect, troubleshoot, interact and learn. If you or someone you love is impacted by type 2 diabetes, request to join the community here.

Far too often, a type 2 diabetes diagnosis carries shame and stigma. While Beyond Type 2 will continue to work to educate the general public, address misinformation and combat stigma related to type 2 diabetes, this community needs dedicated spaces online—like the new Beyond Type 2 Community App—to connect.

“In the two years since launch, we’ve grown Beyond Type 2 into a rich, diverse resource and community for everyone impacted by type 2 diabetes,” said Beyond Type 1 CEO Thom Scher. “The growth of the platform has been possible because of generous support from our Founding Partners; in 2021, we’re excited to be welcoming all of last year’s partners back and adding an additional partner focused on cardiovascular health.”

Beyond Type 2 is grateful for the continued support of Founding Partners Abbott (FreeStyle Libre 2), the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), Lilly (Baqsimi) and Roche Diabetes Care (Accu-Chek®). Founding Partners were joined by Insulet (Omnipod) beginning in 2020 and Lilly (Trulicity) for 2021.

Beyond Type 2’s partners share the program’s vision of helping everyone impacted by type 2 diabetes live well today.

Beyond Type 2 operates as a platform of registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1, whose mission is to improve the lives of those living with diabetes.

Join the new Beyond Type 1 community at community.beyondtype2.org.

WRITTEN BY Beyond Type 2 Editorial Team , POSTED 01/15/21, UPDATED 10/04/22

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 2 Editorial Team. Members of that team include Project Manager T'ara Smith, Editorial Manager Todd Boudreaux, Program Manager Mariana Gómez, Director of Brand Communications Dana Howe and Editorial Associate Jordan Dakin.