Work life and T1D: I feel overwhelmed

Carb counting, injecting insulin, verifying blood sugar, changing site, calibration of sensor, correcting for a low, worrying about a high or a low, timing meals, balancing diet with exercise and the list goes on! Diabetes comes with a lot of life changes that can, to some extent, become exhausting or overwhelming. Feeling the emotional burden … Read more

Why are people with T1D regularly asked to measure their hemoglobin A1C?

The duration of diabetes and the quality of blood sugar control affects the likelihood that one would develop complications such as retinopathy and nephropathy. Retinopathy is caused by a damage to the blood vessels of the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). It might show no symptoms or only mild vision problems.  However, … Read more

Why do I like being a patient-partner for the BETTER study?

Because all the work associated with this study has a real benefit for people like me who live with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). BETTER will conduct trials aimed at increasing our knowledge of how technology can be used to prevent hypoglycemic episodes and the treatment and reduction of those scary and tiresome episodes, that negatively … Read more

Are breastfeeding mothers with T1D at higher risk of hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia concerns are a reality to breastfeeding mothers living with type 1 diabetes. Worries of hypoglycemia after breastfeeding or during the night are the basis for many recommendations that involve snacking before or during each breastfeeding, including during the night, and reducing insulin doses. Unfortunately, there is no solid evidence to support specific recommendations for … Read more

Hypoglycemia and physical activity: Update on insulin reduction to safely perform aerobic exercise

One of the challenges of exercise for patients living with type 1 diabetes is the possibility of a hypoglycemic episode (low blood sugar). There are many ways to avoid having a low that usually involve either decreasing insulin or suspending its infusion or consuming carbohydrates. Recently a study (1) evaluated three strategies addressing when and … Read more

T1D Trends in the US: updates on the management of type 1 diabetes

A recently published  report from the Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Exchange clinical registry  provides a snapshot on the current trends of T1D care and outcomes as well as changes over time. With data collected from over 22 000 participants with T1D aged 1 to 93 years old, this report provides important information on how T1D … Read more