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Transition to Biosimilar Insulin Products: Does It Concern You?

One type of biosimilar insulin was approved by Health Canada for the first time in 2019, and many other types have been made available ever since. People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) will certainly hear a lot more about biosimilar insulin soon, with the Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) set to stop providing coverage for … Read more

Vaccine and COVID-19 in children: what do we know?

Since the end of November 2021, it is possible for children over 5 years of age to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a vaccination center or in certain schools. This vaccination campaign follows Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine administered in a reduced dose to children. The dose for this age group is 10 … Read more

Summer camps specializing in diabetes

It’s winter and yet, for some families, it’s already time to think about next summer as registrations for day camps, or overnight camps, begin. However, it is not always easy for parents whose child is living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to choose a summer camp, especially when the child is not independent in the … Read more

Alcohol and Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Drinking alcohol often seems to go hand in hand with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and dinner parties with friends.  While having a drink is entirely allowed when you live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), there are some aspects you need to consider to avoid unpleasant surprises. Drinking alcohol is one of the many factors that … Read more

Managing Your Blood Sugar Over the Holidays

While the holidays are a time for celebration for many, they can be quite a challenge for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Blood sugar management can get a bit chaotic when your daily routine is disrupted (e.g., eating a large meal that takes longer than usual, drinking more alcohol). However, everyone should be able … Read more

Glucagon: Friend or Foe for People With Type 1 Diabetes?

Blood sugar (glucose) management is a complex matter. A total of five hormones, including insulin and glucagon, are required to balance glucose levels. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and lowers blood glucose. Glucagon is also produced by the pancreas, but it contributes to releasing glucose reserves in the muscles and liver in order to … Read more

Ever dreamt of measuring your blood sugar without pain?

Over the last few years, capillary blood sugar measuring devices have improved a lot: they require smaller droplets of blood and they yield faster and more accurate results. But we are still quite far from non-invasive technology that wouldn’t require the insertion of a device underneath the skin or a finger prick. What person with … Read more

Can I trust my memory on my recent HbA1c?

Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is obtained after a blood draw and reflects the overall blood sugar control of the past 2-3 months. It’s a key number for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) as it’s closely associated with the risk of long-term diabetes-related complications (e.g., eye or kidney damage ). If you are living with … Read more

Consensus on Managing Type 1 Diabetes in Adults

Last summer, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) published a consensus report on the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in adults. This was the first time that recommendations specific to adults with T1D were ever published. A similar consensus report had been published on type … Read more