VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You or someone you know may be living with Type 2 Diabetes and don’t even know it.

Dr. Kendall Ho with the interCultural Online Health Network says some groups are more vulnerable than others.

“In the Chinese and the South Asian communities, two of the highest ethnic populations in British Columbia, they have higher rates of diabetes, compared to the general population,” explains Dr. Ho.

Doctors at UBC know the use of YouTube and Twitter continues to grow, that’s why they want to develop a program using social media to try to stop people from getting the illness.

“So that we can use that to reach out to Chinese and South Asian patients and their caregivers to support them in living healthy lives and to prevent and minimize Type 2 Diabetes.”

Thanks to federal money, doctors can go ahead with the viral project which will provide peer support and education to those that need it.