Carb counting, injecting insulin, verifying blood sugar, changing site, calibration of sensor, correcting for a low, worrying about a high or a low, timing meals, balancing diet with exercise and the list goes on! Diabetes comes with a lot of life changes that can, to some extent, become exhausting or overwhelming. Feeling the emotional burden … Read moreWork life and T1D: I feel overwhelmed
The duration of diabetes and the quality of blood sugar control affects the likelihood that one would develop complications such as retinopathy and nephropathy. Retinopathy is caused by a damage to the blood vessels of the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). It might show no symptoms or only mild vision problems. However, … Read moreWhy are people with T1D regularly asked to measure their hemoglobin A1C?
Because all the work associated with this study has a real benefit for people like me who live with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). BETTER will conduct trials aimed at increasing our knowledge of how technology can be used to prevent hypoglycemic episodes and the treatment and reduction of those scary and tiresome episodes, that negatively … Read moreWhy do I like being a patient-partner for the BETTER study?
Hypoglycemia concerns are a reality to breastfeeding mothers living with type 1 diabetes. Worries of hypoglycemia after breastfeeding or during the night are the basis for many recommendations that involve snacking before or during each breastfeeding, including during the night, and reducing insulin doses. Unfortunately, there is no solid evidence to support specific recommendations for … Read moreAre breastfeeding mothers with T1D at higher risk of hypoglycemia?
One of the challenges of exercise for patients living with type 1 diabetes is the possibility of a hypoglycemic episode (low blood sugar). There are many ways to avoid having a low that usually involve either decreasing insulin or suspending its infusion or consuming carbohydrates. Recently a study (1) evaluated three strategies addressing when and … Read moreHypoglycemia and physical activity: Update on insulin reduction to safely perform aerobic exercise
A recently published report from the Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Exchange clinical registry provides a snapshot on the current trends of T1D care and outcomes as well as changes over time. With data collected from over 22 000 participants with T1D aged 1 to 93 years old, this report provides important information on how T1D … Read moreT1D Trends in the US: updates on the management of type 1 diabetes
One of the rarely talked about complications of diabetes is its effect on bone health. According to various studies, people with diabetes have more fragile bones and are 2 to 3 times more likely to have a fracture compared to the general population. The Diabetes – bone health Link Type 1 diabetes is linked to low bone density … Read moreHow is blood glucose control related to risk of fracture in people with diabetes?
In 2018, several new technologies for diabetes treatment appeared on the Canadian market. The BETTER team, which is interested in the role of new technologies in the treatment of diabetes and the prevention of hypoglycemia, presents a summary of the technologies that are now available in Canada that have the potential to benefit people living … Read more2018 review of the year: new technologies for diabetes treatment
Recently, a group of journalists published the results of an investigation on medical devices. Part of the results of this investigation focused on the risks associated with the use of insulin pumps for the treatment of diabetes. According to these data, insulin pumps can lead to potentially serious injuries and even to cases of mortality … Read moreAre insulin pumps really related to increased mortality risk?
All stages of the BETTER project are developed in collaboration with patient-partners. The latter, gave the overall direction to the BETTER project, namely the reduction of hypoglycemic episodes. Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar level is too low. Its causes are multiple: too much insulin injected, skipped or shifted meals, physical activity, intense emotion, etc. … Read moreHypoglycemia: testimonials of patients