Season 3, Episode 13: Don’t Believe Everything You See – How Social Media Can Damage Your Health

In this episode of Dia-Logue: The Diapoint Podcast, Pam and Diapoint’s Digital Marketing Manager, Toqaa Gad, discuss health and social media.

The internet is an amazing resource for information, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know what’s true and reliable. Particularly, content shared on social media. There is a lot to be learned from social media, but when it comes to our health, there is also a dark side full of unhealthy suggestions and misinformation.

Some of these posts are health hazards. In between the quality information is a sea of misleading posts about exercise, health, and chronic conditions. Some even glamorize eating disorders.

We discuss:

  1. The importance of getting proper, qualified medical advice before you try something you see on social media
  2. Some pretty shocking examples of harmful “news” and social media challenges
  3. How to dig deeper to determine if the health advice on social media is true or not, or from a reliable source
  4. Toqaa also shares her findings from her thesis about how social media is affecting girls and young women in relation to their body image and self esteem.

Join us as we start to uncover the dark side of social media and health.


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Toqaa Gad is the Digital Marketing Manager of Diapoint.

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Here at Dia-logue: The Diapoint Podcast, we talk to experts and people living with diabetes about social situations, nutrition, mental health, travel, and many other topics related to health and wellness.

The Founder & Managing Director of Diapoint, Pam Durant, shares her experience as the mother a teenage son who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 20 months old.

Pam was also a healthcare manager for 25+ years, and is a certified Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine coach. She is passionate about showing people how to not just survive, but thrive.

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