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

How to Observe Ramadan Safely With Type 1 Diabetes

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims around the world. During this month, Muslims fast between dawn and sunset, which means they don’t have anything to eat or drink during the day.  In the Islamic faith, some people are exempt from observing Ramadan, such as pregnant women, children and people with certain chronic illnesses … Read more

Low carbohydrate diets and type 1 diabetes

This summer, Diabetes Canada published a position statement on low and very low carbohydrate diets in people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Here, we review the evidence and recommendations regarding these diets for adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Carbohydrates are one of the three main macronutrients, along with proteins and fats. … Read more

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

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

Spotlight on the use of metformin for type 1 diabetes

Metformin (e.g., Glucophage) is an oral medication that is widely used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D). It decreases the production of glucose in the liver and the absorption of glucose in the intestine in order to bring blood sugar levels within the target range. It is generally one of the first medications … Read more

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

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