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

Hospitalization and COVID-19: The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Almost all studies that have been published regarding COVID-19 and diabetes have lumped together type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) by associating potential COVID-19 complications with diabetes in general. But the two types are quite distinct.  Main differences between T1D and T2D T1D is an autoimmune illness characterized by the pancreas’ inability … Read more Hospitalization and COVID-19: The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

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?