Gastroparesis: A Little-Known but Common Disorder in Type 1 Diabetes

Digestion is skillfully coordinated by the human body. When we eat, food moves through our digestive system section by section, spending just the right amount of time in each. For the stomach, that’s about two hours. Sometimes digestion can be impaired. This occurs when the nerves controlling stomach muscles are damaged or not functioning properly … Read more

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

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

Differences Between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have trouble differentiating between type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D)? You’re not alone! Because of their similar name, the media often uses the word diabetes alone to refer to both conditions—T1D and T2D—lending to the idea that they are one and the same. This lack of accuracy and knowledge in the … Read more

Is Type 1 Diabetes an Autoimmune Disease or an Immunodeficiency?

The immune system is the guardian of our health, defending our body not only against external aggressions (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites), but also against abnormal or cancerous cells. When exposed to different intruders, the immune system develops defences such as antibodies which fight the “invaders” like little soldiers. The immune system usually differentiates between what … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes-Related Complications: Time to Stop With the Finger Pointing

On top of coping with the significant burden of their treatment, people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) also have to deal with a slew of unsolicited comments and suggestions in relation to their health from their friends and family, healthcare professionals and even other people with T1D. Even though the intentions may be good, these … Read more

Thyroid and Type 1 Diabetes: What’s to Know?

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an illness in which the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body’s own cells (insulin-producing pancreatic cells). Just like T1D, many autoimmune conditions are due to a genetic predisposition to producing antibodies that attack the body’s own organs. It’s not uncommon to see other autoimmune diseases in people with … Read more

Appointment Preparation Guide

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, preparing for your appointment (appt) will allow you to maximize the benefits and address any important issues you don’t want to forget. Your healthcare team may have planned to discuss different questions and issues than the ones you wish to discuss. If you write down your questions before … Read more

How to Explain Type 1 Diabetes to Other People

There are many misconceptions about type 1 diabetes (T1D). People with T1D are thought to be eating too much sugar, to be sedentary, to be overweight, etc. Have you ever experienced this with people you know?  These misconceptions often derive from inaccurate information, rumours, a lack of knowledge about T1D or confusion with type 2 … Read more