How Will Climate Change Impact People With Type 1 Diabetes?

Climate change affects the environment in many ways: higher temperatures, more heat waves, more forest fires, longer periods of drought, heavier rainfall, worsening air quality… It can also impact human health, and particularly that of people who live with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes (T1D). Extreme events related to climate change (e.g., tornadoes, … Read more

How to Make Travelling With Type 1 Diabetes a Success!

Getting ready for a trip is exciting! While travelling is often synonymous with vacation and fun, when living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) it also means lugging extra baggage—both literally and figuratively. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying every minute of your getaway. Whether your trip is going to be active (e.g., biking), work-related … Read more

Diabetes and Waste: The Perspective of People With Diabetes

The best way to manage waste is to avoid producing it in the first place. But that’s easier said than done nowadays. Over-packaging—is everywhere and makes up a significant proportion of waste. Reusable or sustainable products can also be hard to come by.  Environmentally conscious people who have type 1 diabetes (T1D) may worry about … Read more

How High Altitude Impacts Blood Sugar Levels

Blood sugar control is a considerable challenge for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). As many as 42 factors affect blood sugar levels, including some that can hardly be controlled, if at all (e.g., hormonal fluctuations, illness, heat, cold).  Did you know that altitude could also influence blood sugar levels? When doing outdoor activities (e.g., … Read more

How Do Colder Temperatures Influence Blood Sugar Levels?

The winter solstice is almost here, and so are cold temperatures and the official beginning of winter. Did you ever think that outdoor temperatures influence your blood sugar levels? If you did, you were right: extreme temperatures can destabilize your blood sugar. Generally, blood sugar levels are lower in the summer and higher in colder … Read more

Summer and type 1 diabetes: how does the heat affect my diabetes?

Research is still needed to precisely understand how summer and temperature changes affect blood sugar levels and its management, here is what is known.  The season has many variables that can affect either your blood sugar directly, how your body responds to external factors, or your insulin or diabetes gadgets like pumps. Effects on blood … Read more