Is There Any Relationship Between Insulin and Cancer?

Recent studies have identified a higher risk of certain cancers among people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) compared to the general population. In the case of T2D, those studies established a link between this increased risk with certain metabolic factors such as obesity or insulin resistance (i.e., decreased effect of insulin). While … 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

Measuring Blood Sugar and Blood Ketones With One 2-in-1 Device

The past few years have seen the start of a technological and digital revolution in healthcare. Smartphones are a good example of this transformation. They combine computing power with Internet access and offer features that provide relevant health data (e.g., pedometer, heart rate) as well as thousands of health applications.  This technological shift is also … 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

Insulin Pumps: Strategies to Improve Blood Sugar Control

For parents of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and people with T1D, keeping blood sugar levels in range is a relentless pursuit. This journey is a challenging one; it constantly requires strategies and adjustments that don’t always yield the expected results.    Over time, medical research has shown that certain glycemic control strategies can … Read more

Admelog lispro insulin in 10 ml vial is out of stock

Since June 14, 2022, Admelog insulin (Humalog biosimilar) is out of stock in 10 ml vial. This situation could continue until September 2022!!! IMPORTANT: The RAMQ will therefore reimburse the “original” insulin, i.e. Humalog, for the duration of the stockout for vial users, especially for those who use it in their insulin pump. The pharmacist … 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

What to Expect With Freestyle Libre 3?

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices display the user’s current blood sugar level, blood sugar trend (up, down or stable) and blood sugar curve from the past hours.  Ever since they were first launched in the early 2000s, CGM systems have completely changed how we monitor blood sugar levels. Over time, this technology has significantly evolved … Read more