Type 2 Diabetes Xplained

Quick Overview

Medical jargon can be confusing, but we take away that confusion through storytelling. Type 2 Diabetes Xplained takes us on Hare and Lisa’s journeys with Type 2 Diabetes in an engaging, informative and entertaining story.

Download from the App Store, Google Play, or use the online version.

You can also order USBs with the information on them: http://type2diabetesexplained.co.nz/

This app has been reviewed by a local health professional (below) and by Health Navigator (click here to read their review).

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Marryllyn Donaldson, Long Term Conditions Community Nurse, WellSouth. Reviewed 13 November 2016.

App Title: Type 2 Diabetes Xplained

Author(s): Produced by MedicineX www.medicinex.com

Platforms: APP Store, Google Play, or online version.

Suitable for: People who have newly diagnosed or ongoing Type 2 Diabetes

Purpose and level of app: To explain type 2 diabetes, monitoring and treatments. Intermediate reading level.


The programme is based on two real patient’s stories – Hare and Lisa – and it introduces them at the start, including a short video of them chatting about their story.

The main part of the APP is an easy to use slide show that takes about 15 – 20 minutes to go through, taking your time and reading all the speech bubbles. It is visually well presented and has many key words, which you click on; these open up to give more information and build up the story of type 2 diabetes in a step by step way.

The app works by explaining medical information through the story telling and helps to make “doctor speak” much more clear and easier to understand. The story is entertaining and keeps the reader engaged in Hare’s progress.

It is based on real experiences, written by health care professionals, reviewed by doctors, specialists and nurses. The programme has also been developed with input from a focus group of people with Type 2 diabetes, for that first-hand experience. The app aligns with current NZ guidelines and has been reviewed by a collaborative panel, including diabetes specialist doctors and nurses.

Strengths and weaknesses of the app:

The visual aspect is very good and it is easy to click from one slide to the next, which keeps the flow of the story going well.

Although an average level of reading ability is needed to follow the written story parts and the extra information sections, these are all accompanied by attractive, visual content, which gives the reader information in a way that is easy to understand.

The lifestyle tips are encouraging and emphasise that the whole family can join in. The story also shows that type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition and so for some people, they may need insulin as part of their treatment and that it is not just due to the person “failing” – sometimes they need the extra help of insulin.

Are there any specific sections you would recommend?

The sections covering food and activity are a great start, as the keywords open up to show some easy to implement ideas of making healthier choices and include all the family.

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