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 What’s the BETTER project? How’s it funded?
Living with type 1 diabetes is a daily struggle that can prove stressful and exhausting. In addition, it can turn into a vicious circle that leads to a lack of motivation, poorer glycemic control, a greater risk of diabetes-related complications and a decreased quality of life. “Diabetes is unique as a disease because the self-management … Read more Diabetes Burnout
The annual ATTD conference (Advanced Technologies & Treatment for Diabetes) was held from February 19 to 22, 2020 in Madrid (Spain). This conference presents the latest research in terms of technologies and therapies for the treatment of diabetes. Here is some news that caught the attention of the BETTER team: A new artificial pancreas in … Read more Highlights of the ATTD 2020 Congress
For over a year now, people in Quebec who are living with type 1 diabetes and who are insured with the RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) can no longer start their treatment using Lantus® (long-acting insulin). People starting on long-acting insulin are now required to use the generic (or biosimilar) version of Lantus®, … Read more Will Everybody Be Required to Switch From Lantus® to Basaglar®?
Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), also called “slow-onset type 1 diabetes,” is often misdiagnosed from the start. Since LADA develops later in life than typical type 1 diabetes (generally after the age of 30), front-line healthcare professionals often mistake it for type 2 diabetes. In fact, in LADA, as in type 1 diabetes, antibodies … Read more Treatment Options for LADA
An increasing number of people living with insulin-treated diabetes use or want to use continuous glucose monitoring systems. One of these systems, the FreeStyle Libre, has been covered under the RAMQ in Quebec since July 2019 under certain conditions, allowing more people to have access to this technology. The FreeStyle Libre is a Flash glucose … Read more Blood Sugar Management and Quality of Life With FreeStyle Libre
The different types of bacteria in our digestive system (also called “intestinal microbiota” or “intestinal flora”) have been widely studied in the last few years for their potential positive or negative impacts on our health. The human intestine hosts more than 400 different species of bacteria that amount to approximately 100,000 billion bacteria. They help … Read more Prebiotics and Their Impact on Type 1 Diabetes
This is the question that a medicine professor from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Anne L. Peters, tried to answer in the wake of the California wildfires and evacuations in 2019. She noted two types of critical emergencies that people living with T1D should get ready for: immediate evacuation and longer-term evacuation, where you … Read more How Can I Prepare for a Critical Emergency With Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)?
Parents, siblings, partners, friends, teachers, coaches, and even our endocrinologists don’t get it. Although many people may know the science about our disease, they just don’t get it. When living with type 1 diabetes, we often feel alone. Nobody understands the daily struggle of fighting to stay healthy and alive. Nobody understands the worry you … Read more Why is peer support so important?
Right now, about 1 in 10 adults lives with type 1 diabetes in the United States and other parts of the world. But we don’t nearly know as much about risk factors for type 1 diabetes as we do for type 2 diabetes (such as age, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, etc.). Past studies have shown a … Read more Premature Birth as a Risk Factor for Developing Type 1 Diabetes