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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

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

How to Prepare for a Remote Appointment

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly increased the use of telemedecine. For a lot of people with type 1 diabetes, regular “in-person” follow-up appointments with their healthcare team have switched to remote appointments since March 2020. Although remote consultations don’t provide the same human contact as traditional ones, this new alternative has become frequent and is likely … Read more

Going Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes

Even though lockdown restrictions have been lifted for several weeks in Quebec, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet. For now, it looks like the number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations is remaining stable. The pandemic has severely disrupted our daily lives, as well as those of children and teenagers. Over the summer, children were able … Read more

Hospitalization and COVID-19: The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Almost all studies that have been published regarding COVID-19 and diabetes have lumped together type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) by associating potential COVID-19 complications with diabetes in general. But the two types are quite distinct.  Main differences between T1D and T2D T1D is an autoimmune illness characterized by the pancreas’ inability … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and COVID-19: How to Prepare for a Potential Hospitalization in the Midst of a Pandemic

Whether it’s related to COVID-19 or not, you might need to be hospitalized before the end of the current pandemic. It’s important that you don’t avoid going to the hospital when necessary because you might be afraid of contracting an infection. All establishments follow strict governmental guidelines to limit the spread of the virus on … Read more

Training Programs at Home

To help you stay active, the BETTER team offers you these training programs. You can do each workout once a week to familiarize yourself with the exercises. Current physical activity recommendations for people living with type 1 diabetes are to perform 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Exercise is considered moderate when you feel … Read more