Intuitive and Mindful Eating in Type 1 Diabetes

We live in a society where fashion, social media and advertising play an important role in our relationship with food. Phrases such as “eating healthy” and “controlling your weight” can also affect our relationship with food.  Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic illness in which diet plays an important role. Because the pancreas no … Read more

Diabetes-Related Distress: Do People With T1D Experience It Differently Than People With T2D?

The impacts of diabetes on mental health are often overlooked when set against the physical impacts. Yet, diabetes management places a heavy burden on patients, whose attention and mental and physical energy are constantly solicited.   Here’s an overview: people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to take medication, check their blood sugar, cook and … Read more

Couples and Type 1 Diabetes: How to Work as a Team

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a complex illness that can intrude on all aspects of daily life and impact patients physically (e.g., when experiencing hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia), psychologically (e.g., stress, anxiety) and socially. The many impacts of T1D reach beyond patients and can also affect friends and loved ones.  In fact, managing T1D often requires … Read more

Grieving a Diabetes-Free Life for Your Child

When a child gets a type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis, the news can be unsettling to both the child and their parents. The diagnosis usually follows a sudden onset of symptoms (e.g., thirst, weight loss, frequent urination) or unusual behaviour (e.g., fatigue, restlessness). These symptoms can be a cause for concern for the family, but … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes-Related Complications: Time to Stop With the Finger Pointing

On top of coping with the significant burden of their treatment, people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) also have to deal with a slew of unsolicited comments and suggestions in relation to their health from their friends and family, healthcare professionals and even other people with T1D. Even though the intentions may be good, these … Read more

What’s the Impact of Type 1 Diabetes on Body Image?

Body image is a lot more than what you see in the mirror. It’s about how you perceive your body, and also how you think other people perceive your body. This image changes over the course of your life based on your experiences, and is built on your thoughts, values, feelings, as well as messages … Read more

Risk of Hypoglycemia: How to Better Support People With Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) means constantly trying to keep your blood sugar levels in range to avoid complications. T1D is a demanding condition that involves a complex day-to-day routine. However, trying to keep your blood sugar levels in range puts you at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).  While many studies have been … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and Its Impact on Loved Ones

Living with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes (T1D) is no easy feat. You have to be in a constant sate of alertness, and that’s often stressful and exhausting. There are several sources of stress: blood sugar management, financial cost, stigma, judgment from others, etc. This side of T1D and the need to … Read more