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How to Manage Blood Sugar Levels and Type 1 Diabetes on Halloween

The month of October is well underway, and soon we will be celebrating fall’s spookiest event: Halloween, or as many families see it, a time for candy, chips and chocolate!  But parents with children who live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) might see it as the perfect recipe for a glycemic rollercoaster. Here are a … Read more

How Type 1 Diabetes Can Affect Sleep

Most people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have their sleep interrupted by their diabetes at some point, due to symptoms of low or high blood sugar, alarms on their insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor (CGM), capillary blood measurements, etc. Aside from these nearly universal problems, have you had episodes of poor sleep that had … Read more

Research and Breakthroughs on Type 1 Diabetes in Quebec

Ever since insulin was used for the first time in Toronto in 1921, Canada has led many research projects that have helped to advance knowledge, treatments and technologies for type 1 diabetes (T1D). In Quebec, several healthcare and research centres are involved in advancing science and gaining a better understanding of the condition. Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital: … Read more

Lyumjev™: a new insulin soon available in Canada?

As of September 20, 2021, a new fast-acting insulin called Lyumjev™ (pronounced LOOM-JEV) and manufactured by the company Eli Lilly has been approved by Health Canada. At this time, this insulin is only approved for adults using a pen or syringe to inject their insulin. Research is currently underway to study its use in children … Read more

Becoming a Pilot While Living With Type 1 Diabetes

In February 2019, Austen McDonald, from Edmonton, Alberta, became the first person with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to get a professional pilot licence in Canada. He had been advocating for several years for Transport Canada to authorize people with T1D to pursue this career.   In many countries around the world, becoming a pilot is still … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and Its Impact on Loved Ones

Living with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes (T1D) is no easy feat. You have to be in a constant sate of alertness, and that’s often stressful and exhausting. There are several sources of stress: blood sugar management, financial cost, stigma, judgment from others, etc. This side of T1D and the need to … Read more

Service Dogs and Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes and the risk of hypoglycemia When you live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is ever-present and stress-inducing. It can also impact your daily life by disrupting, for instance, your sleep and physical activity. Symptoms of hypoglycemia (e.g., sweating, shakiness, confusion) will usually alert you that … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes and Its Impact on Working Life

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a disease that never goes away and demands constant monitoring 24/7, 365 days a year.  For some people, T1D can get in the way of their life plans or career choice. Depending on where you live, having T1D may exclude you from certain occupations such as airplane pilot, police officer, … Read more

How to Read Food Labels

People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to learn how to count carbs in order to calculate their insulin doses at mealtimes. However, even with years of practice, carb counting remains a challenge for a lot of people.  According to a study conducted in Quebec, people generally underestimate their carb count by about 15 g per … Read more