Managing type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a challenge 24/7. Nighttime hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can be symptomless and go undetected, which often makes it even more complex. This is why many parents who have children with T1D regularly wake up in the middle of the night to check on their children’s blood sugar levels. A US research team … Read more How Does Type 1 Diabetes Impact the Sleep of Children with T1D and Their Parents?
Continuous glucose monitoring systems provide information, such as current blood sugar levels, blood sugar trends (up, down or stable) and a blood sugar curve from the past hours, thanks to a subcutaneous sensor worn on the arm or on the abdomen for up to 14 days (depending on the model). Ever since they were first introduced on the market in … Read more The Pros and Cons of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
A recent scientific article revealed troubling facts regarding insulin concentration in vials, cartridges and prefilled pens sold in pharmacies. The authors found that different vials of a same type of insulin (e.g., rapid-acting, NPH) sometimes had different insulin concentration levels. For instance, a 1 ml cartridge would contain less insulin units than the standard 100 units. … Read more Proper Insulin Storage Tips
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease, which is caused by the immune system’s attack on healthy cells in the body. Type 1 diabetes results from the immune system’s attack on insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and the destruction of those cells. Most autoimmune diseases are incurable, so treatment is required for life. People … Read more Are People With Type 1 Diabetes More Likely to Develop Other Autoimmune Diseases?
There are many reasons why a person with type 1 diabetes might have to change treatment or long-acting insulin. These reasons may include seeking an improvement in blood sugar management, wanting to reduce the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia, when experiencing a change in routine, when transitioning from an insulin pump to injections, etc. Each type … Read more Why Changing Treatments and Switching to a New Long-Acting Insulin Puts You at a Greater Risk of Hypoglycemia
Joining a community of people with type 1 diabetes is a great way to build relationships with people who face similar challenges. This community can support you when you go through a rough patch, and also give you advice to help you better manage your diabetes. Have you ever heard about artificial pancreas (or closed … Read more DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems With the Support of Online Communities
According to current recommendations, the insulin dose to be administered for a meal is determined mostly based on the amount of carbs eaten. However, several recent studies suggest that the composition of a meal, particularly its fat (or lipid) and protein content, also has an impact on blood sugar levels after mealtime. In their recent … Read more How Fat and Protein Impact Your Blood Sugar, and How to Adjust Your Insulin Dose Accordingly
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 Training Programs at Home
The FreeStyle Libre reader works by scanning a transcutaneous sensor that is installed on the arm for up to 14 days, in order to display a graph of blood sugar readings. This system offers many benefits, including easier blood sugar checking, fewer finger pricks, and blood sugar graphs for the last eight hours. It has been … Read more Skin Reactions Linked to FreeStyle Libre
The BETTER project brings together patient partners with type 1 diabetes (or with a child who has type 1 diabetes), researchers, healthcare professionals and decision makers. The goal is to help advance research and improve clinical practice, treatments and quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes. A registry of people with type … Read more What’s the BETTER project? How’s it funded?