Why an Individual Care Plan is Necessary in School

During the school year, children spend 30—35 hours in school each week. It’s therefore essential that their type 1 diabetes (T1D) be managed effectively and supervised, especially in primary and secondary school. Unfortunately, as the Canadian Paediatric Society highlighted, support for students living with T1D is inconsistent across Canada. In many schools, children have little … Read more

Skin Colour Should Not Affect the Quality of Type 1 Diabetes Care

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) affects a growing number of people around the world, including Canadians. Despite significant advances in the last decades in terms of technology and treatments, inequalities have been noted in the care and support received by people with T1D from certain racial and ethnic groups. This is the finding made following certain … Read more

What Type of Glucagon—Nasal or Injectable—is Best for Children with Type 1 Diabetes?

Despite your and your child’s healthcare team’s best efforts to keep your child’s blood sugar within target, severe hypoglycemic episodes can happen, and it’s best to always be prepared for the unpredictable. Should your child not be able to safely ingest any glucose tablets or fruit juice, you’ll have to administer glucagon, a hormone that … Read more

Intuitive and Mindful Eating in Type 1 Diabetes

We live in a society where fashion, social media and advertising play an important role in our relationship with food. Phrases such as “eating healthy” and “controlling your weight” can also affect our relationship with food.  Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic illness in which diet plays an important role. Because the pancreas no … Read more

What AI Can/Cannot (and Could!) Do for Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) involves constant efforts to keep blood sugar levels within the recommended range to avoid potential complications. This is a significant burden, both physically and mentally, for people with T1D and their loved ones. Artificial intelligence (AI) enables machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence (e.g., decision making). … Read more

The Key to a Positive Experience Managing Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes

Pregnancy comes with its fair share of challenges in terms of physical and emotional changes. When coupled with type 1 diabetes (T1D), pregnancy also affects blood sugar management and maternal and fetal health.  Certain risks may be increased for both the mother (e.g., more frequent hypoglycemia, premature delivery, high blood pressure) and the baby (e.g., … Read more

Type 1 Diabetes Ain’t Cheap!

When insulin was discovered in 1921, Canadian researchers sold the patent for a nominal $1 to the University of Toronto in the hopes of making this treatment accessible to all people living with diabetes. More than 100 years later, we’re far from this ideal in the U.S., where the price of insulin has skyrocketed.   … Read more

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