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Taking Care of Your Mental Health When Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Life is full of stressful situations, and their impacts on mental health are increasingly known and addressed. Managing type 1 diabetes (T1D) imposes a significant burden on daily life and involves a big learning curve for the majority of individuals newly diagnosed with T1D. It requires major life changes, and it puts those who live … Read more Taking Care of Your Mental Health When Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Cannabis and Type 1 Diabetes

The effects of cannabis (or marijuana) use in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are still largely unknown. However, several research teams are starting to look into them.  Depending on its composition, cannabis can cause the following short-term effects to all users: alteration of perception and coordination, memory loss, cloudy decision-making, increased appetite, and delayed … Read more Cannabis and Type 1 Diabetes

How Does Type 1 Diabetes Impact the Sleep of Children with T1D and Their Parents?

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?

The Pros and Cons of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems

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

Proper Insulin Storage Tips

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

Are People With Type 1 Diabetes More Likely to Develop Other Autoimmune Diseases?

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?

Why Changing Treatments and Switching to a New Long-Acting Insulin Puts You at a Greater Risk of Hypoglycemia

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