How Type 1 Diabetes Affects the Menstrual Cycle, Puberty and Menopause

Many women with type 1 diabetes will agree that they often see their blood sugar levels fluctuate depending on the phase of their menstrual cycle. This often requires them to adjust their insulin doses.  Blood sugar levels and the menstrual cycle Typical menstrual cycles begin on the first day of menstruation and last 28 days, … Read more

Care Consensus for People with LADA

Some adults who have type 1 diabetes (T1D) get diagnosed after the age of 30 and present with characteristics that are usually specific to type 2 diabetes (T2D), such as gradual onset of hyperglycemia and overweight. This form of diabetes is called LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) or slow-onset diabetes.  Approximately 8% of adults … Read more

Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Their Impact on Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a constant battle, one that can lead to burnout, anxiety, or even symptoms of depression.  The daily challenges that come with following an insulin treatment, measuring blood sugar, adapting activities based on blood sugar levels, and managing of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, along with the risks of complications and … Read more

Larger Federal Budget and New Criteria for Type 1 Diabetes Tax Credit

Increased federal budget for diabetes. The new federal budget of 35 million dollars has just been announced and includes an investment in diabetes over the next 5 years. Additional investments are expected for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, surveillance and prevention.   New criteria for the Type 1 Diabetes Tax Credit People living with T1D may … Read more

New Vaccination Priority Groups and Type 1 Diabetes

New priority groups  Starting April 12, vaccination will be expanded to include adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic illness or health condition considered to have a very high risk of complications from COVID-19. This includes:  People who are currently hospitalized with a condition that puts them at risk of complications from … Read more

Psychological Well-Being Linked to Better Type 1 Diabetes Management

The psychological impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) is increasingly more recognized. Unarguably, managing a chronic illness can affect one’s mental health, and conversely, maintaining good psychological health can help in the daily management of T1D. This illness affects all spheres of life and can also affect mood and self-esteem. People with T1D should discuss … Read more

Under Development: Insulin Stored at Room Temperature for One Year and a Mini Insulin Pump

The continuous flow of treatment and technological innovation in diabetes research is amazing. One of the latest breakthroughs that caught our attention these past few weeks, Thermalin’s new insulin prototype, could improve the daily lives of many people with type 1 diabetes.  This ultra-rapid insulin prototype called T-1123 doesn’t need to be stored in the … Read more

How Useful Are Diabetes Registries?

The BETTER initiative is a research project on type 1 diabetes (T1D) being conducted in Quebec. It includes a number of studies about the risks and impacts associated with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) for people with T1D. The BETTER registry, launched in April 2019, forms its base.  A registry generally consists in a census that … Read more

What’s the BETTER project? How’s it funded?

The BETTER project brings together patient partners with type 1 diabetes (or with a child who has type 1 diabetes), researchers, healthcare professionals and decision makers. The goal is to help advance research and improve clinical practice, treatments and quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes.    A registry of people with type … Read more