The winter solstice is almost here, and so are cold temperatures and the official beginning of winter. Did you ever think that outdoor temperatures influence your blood sugar levels? If you did, you were right: extreme temperatures can destabilize your blood sugar. Generally, blood sugar levels are lower in the summer and higher in colder … Read more How Do Colder Temperatures Influence Blood Sugar Levels?
If you don’t live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), your pancreas’s beta cells produce insulin whenever your blood sugar level increases (usually after a meal). Before reaching your bloodstream and your body cells (e.g., muscle, fatty tissue), the insulin goes directly to your liver, which then stores excess glucose that will be gradually secreted back … Read more The Liver’s Role in Blood Sugar Management
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have an increased risk of experiencing certain long-term health problems when their blood sugar levels are imbalanced. Chronic hyperglycemia, for instance, can lead to damage to small blood vessels, including diabetic retinopathy, a condition affecting small blood vessels in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy affects approximately 20% of Canadians with … Read more A Smartphone-Connected Device for Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy
People with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes (T1D) are recommended to carry some form of medical ID, generally a bracelet, a pendant or a card, which alerts people that they have T1D and, in some cases, provides an emergency contact number. The reason for this recommendation is that if a person loses … Read more New Medical IDs
Too many people, including some healthcare professionals, misunderstand type 1 diabetes (T1D) and mistake it for type 2 diabetes (T2D). But these are different illnesses that have different causes and treatments. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means that it is caused when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body for … Read more The Stigmatization of People With Type 1 Diabetes
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have had to think of how to continue to provide quality follow-up for their patients living with type 1 diabetes while reducing face-to-face meetings. What are the benefits and challenges of telecare? How to prepare for a remote appointment? This is what our experts will discuss … Read more Type 1 diabetes in the age of COVID-19: How to prepare for a remote appointment?
Learning how to manage type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a lifelong journey. Children and teenagers are in the early stages of this learning process and need support from their family. But since they spend most of their days in school, their loved ones are not always able to help them. And unfortunately, school staff are … Read more How Can Schools Better Support Children with Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabulimia is an eating disorder that is unique to people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). A person is experiencing diabulimia when they are showing bulimia symptoms and voluntarily withholding insulin in order to have hyperglycemia-induced glycosuria (presence of sugar in the urine) and lose weight. A common occurrence The prevalence of diabulimia among people with … Read more A Serious Eating Disorder Called “Diabulimia”
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) must be aware of hypoglycemia as a potential risk when driving a vehicle. Some symptoms of hypoglycemia can alter cognitive skills, and untreated hypoglycemia can lead to unconsciousness. This is undeniably a serious and dangerous situation, particularly when driving is involved. A common occurrence According to a recent study, … Read more Hypoglycemia and Driving
The influenza virus, also known as the “seasonal flu,” is a common virus that can cause serious complications. Influenza is particularly dangerous to people with who are at higher risk, such as seniors or people who are immunocompromised. The flu virus is a powerful one, and all the more problematic since it evolves into a … Read more Influenza and Diabetes: Why Should I Get Vaccinated?