Becoming a Pilot While Living With Type 1 Diabetes

In February 2019, Austen McDonald, from Edmonton, Alberta, became the first person with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to get a professional pilot licence in Canada. He had been advocating for several years for Transport Canada to authorize people with T1D to pursue this career.   In many countries around the world, becoming a pilot is still … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and Its Impact on Loved Ones

Living with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes (T1D) is no easy feat. You have to be in a constant sate of alertness, and that’s often stressful and exhausting. There are several sources of stress: blood sugar management, financial cost, stigma, judgment from others, etc. This side of T1D and the need to … Read more

Service Dogs and Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes and the risk of hypoglycemia When you live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is ever-present and stress-inducing. It can also impact your daily life by disrupting, for instance, your sleep and physical activity. Symptoms of hypoglycemia (e.g., sweating, shakiness, confusion) will usually alert you that … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and Its Impact on Working Life

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a disease that never goes away and demands constant monitoring 24/7, 365 days a year.  For some people, T1D can get in the way of their life plans or career choice. Depending on where you live, having T1D may exclude you from certain occupations such as airplane pilot, police officer, … Read more

How to Read Food Labels

People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to learn how to count carbs in order to calculate their insulin doses at mealtimes. However, even with years of practice, carb counting remains a challenge for a lot of people.  According to a study conducted in Quebec, people generally underestimate their carb count by about 15 g per … Read more

Going Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes

As children are heading back to school, parents of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) must deal with additional concerns—especially if their little ones are going to school for the first time. School-going children spend more than 30 hours a week outside their home. Parents of children with T1D can find it hard to put … Read more

Eversense: A CGM That Can Be Worn for Up to 6 Months

The Eversence continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, manufactured by Senseonics/Ascencia and available in the US since 2018, has revolutionized the world of CGMs with a sensor that has been approved for 90 days (three months)—versus 7 to 14 days for other CGMs (Dexcom, Medtronic and Freestyle Libre). An earlier version that was launched in Europe … Read more

Donating Blood While Living with Type 1 Diabetes

In Quebec, the collection and supply of blood products are managed by Héma-Québec. The organization’s mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components and substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers. Everywhere else in Canada, that role is fulfilled by Canadian Blood Services. Eligibility for … Read more

Webinar – First Data of the BETTER Registry

This webinar presents the first data from the BETTER Registry. BETTER is a large scale research project for people living with type 1 diabetes in Quebec. One of the missions of this project is to develop a registry to improve our understanding of the reality of people living with type 1 diabetes in Quebec.More than … Read more

A Fast Drop in HbA1c Levels Linked to Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is usually the result of nerve damage caused by hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) values that remain high for a long period. Neuropathy symptoms typically include pain, loss of sensation or tingling in the extremities.  However, there are some cases of diabetic neuropathy … Read more