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The SUPPORT platform — A patient partner’s testimonial

Aude Bandini has been a patient partner of the BETTER project for three years and living with type 1 diabetes for twenty years. She has a keen interest in research and hypoglycemia prevention. Here, she talks about the SUPPORT online training platform for adults with type 1 diabetes. To learn more, click here. Why is an … Read more The SUPPORT platform — A patient partner’s testimonial

Two Artificial Pancreas Systems to Enter the Canadian Market Soon

Artificial pancreas (or “closed loop”) technology is used as a treatment for type 1 diabetes (T1D). The system combines a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device, an insulin pump and a control algorithm, which automatically sets the insulin pump basal rate according to blood sugar levels and trends. In other words, the pump adjusts insulin delivery … Read more Two Artificial Pancreas Systems to Enter the Canadian Market Soon

Vaccination and Type 1 Diabetes – Facebook Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX0iKEaTBDs&ab_channel=BETTERType1DiabetesA few weeks ago, the government stated that all Canadians will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 2021. Quebec welcomes this news with enthusiasm, but also with many questions. In this Facebook Live BETTER, Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret, endocrinologist, and Dr. Emilia Liana Falcone, infectious disease specialist, will be able to answer your questions … Read more Vaccination and Type 1 Diabetes – Facebook Live

Should We Say “Diabetic” or “Person Living with Type 1 Diabetes”?

It is important to be mindful of the language that is used to identify people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their lifestyle. Many people use words or phrases that can be considered demeaning when referring to people with T1D. Even though they mean well, their language can make some people with T1D feel self-conscious. … Read more Should We Say “Diabetic” or “Person Living with Type 1 Diabetes”?

COVID-19 Vaccination Prioritization for People With Type 1 Diabetes

A few weeks ago, Diabetes Québec released a position statement about the prioritization of people with diabetes in the immunization plan. The organization asked the INSPQ to revise its list of prioritized groups for vaccination (available in French only), and stressed that people with any type of diabetes, regardless of their age, are at a … Read more COVID-19 Vaccination Prioritization for People With Type 1 Diabetes

Could Stem Cells Potentially Cure Type 1 Diabetes?

First, let’s explain what they are. Stem cells are like the “raw materials” for all cells in the body. Before maturity, they form human “specialized” cells (heart cells, skin cells, liver cells, etc.), and once mature, they mostly develop into blood cells (e.g., red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets).  Over the past few years, … Read more Could Stem Cells Potentially Cure Type 1 Diabetes?

How to Prepare for a Remote Appointment

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly increased the use of telemedecine. For a lot of people with type 1 diabetes, regular “in-person” follow-up appointments with their healthcare team have switched to remote appointments since March 2020. Although remote consultations don’t provide the same human contact as traditional ones, this new alternative has become frequent and is likely … Read more How to Prepare for a Remote Appointment

How Do Colder Temperatures Influence Blood Sugar Levels?

The winter solstice is almost here, and so are cold temperatures and the official beginning of winter. Did you ever think that outdoor temperatures influence your blood sugar levels? If you did, you were right: extreme temperatures can destabilize your blood sugar. Generally, blood sugar levels are lower in the summer and higher in colder … Read more How Do Colder Temperatures Influence Blood Sugar Levels?