Type 1 Diabetes and the Six Missing Hormones

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system misses its target and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells. Since insulin is a vital hormone, people with T1D must take multiple injections of insulin daily. Actually, insulin isn’t the only hormone affected; there are several other hormones that are either missing or … Read more

A Once-a-Week Injectable Basal Insulin

Written August 2020, updated February 2023 People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) either use an insulin pump or multiple daily injections to take their insulin. Injection treatment requires using two types of insulin, and generally a total of four daily injections:  One type of rapid-acting insulin, which is active for about four hours to cover … Read more

Combining Insulin and Amylin to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Maintaining blood sugar levels in range after meals is probably one of the toughest challenges that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to face. Other than taking into account the countless, non-meal related factors that can impact blood sugar levels, they have to count the exact number of carbs they’re eating and anticipate how … Read more

Stem Cells: A Glimpse at a Possible Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) requires constant attention and relentless efforts to manage blood sugar levels, administer insulin multiple times a day, count carbs, worry about hypo- and hyperglycemia and avoid long-term complications, with no break, 24/7, 365 days a year. So, people with T1D get understandably excited when they hear about new burden-reducing … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes Cases Projected to Double by 2040

In 2021, type 1 diabetes (T1D) cases around the world were estimated at 8.7 million. According to estimates by the global Type 1 Diabetes Index (T1D Index) that were recently published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology scientific journal, that number could double by 2040. The article also provides details on the average age of … Read more

A Global Index for Type 1 Diabetes

How many people are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the world? What impact does this condition have on life expectancy? Which countries are most affected? There is little data specific to T1D on a global scale.  In fact, although the profile of people affected, the causes and the treatments are very different from one … Read more

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