“I Needed to Demand the Best”: How I Became My Own Diabetes Advocate

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By BT1 Editorial Team Learning to live with and manage diabetes after a diagnosis is hard enough. Having to advocate for your diabetes care can be daunting. If you live in or grew up in a community historically underserved by healthcare systems, speaking up […]

Taking a Break From Your Insulin Pump

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Eritrea Mussa Every now and then you may take a break from your diabetes technology. diaTribe’s Social Media Manager Eritrea Mussa Khan shares her experience taking a break from pumping and speaks to another member of the diabetes community to learn more about their experience as well. […]

Skin Care Tips for People With Diabetes

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Natalie Sainz Diabetes affects the skin in ways people may not even realize. Read about this connection and learn how to maintain healthy skin. As we approach the summertime, exposing a bit more skin and spending more time in the sun, skin care can become […]

Teen Sisters Manage T1D With Sarcasm, Tenacity, and Closed-Loop Insulin Pumps

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Ginger Vieira Audrey Brand was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only 3 years old in 2009. It wasn’t until she was in the 5th grade that she was able to feel the symptoms of low blood sugars. “She could walk around with […]

How the Omnipod 5 – The Tubeless Closed-Loop Insulin Pump – Plans to Simplify Your Life

Here comes the Omnipod 5! The brand new system, the first tubeless closed-loop insulin delivery system with smartphone control, has been FDA-approved, and is now finding its way to lucky early American customers through a limited market release. It should be widely available in the United States later this year. The new Omnipod syncs directly […]

Adolescence, Stigma, and Owning Diabetes

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Katie Bacon Katie Bacon is a writer and editor based in Boston. Her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August, 2012, when she was six. Katie’s writing about diabetes has appeared on TheAtlantic.com and ASweetLife. Katie has also written for The New York […]

Getting Started with Insulin if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Frida Velcani New to insulin? Learn about insulin dosing and timing and how often to test your blood sugar levels if you have type 2 diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is likely that your treatment regimen will change over time as your […]

How to Advocate for Yourself: Making Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Work for Your Diabetes Care

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Julia Kenney The therapies, devices, and care that people with diabetes need can be expensive without adequate insurance coverage. For those with employer-sponsored health insurance, there are steps you can take to improve your insurance options and advocate for yourself. Over 45 percent of Americans have diabetes […]

What if a Pump Could Deliver Both Insulin and Glucagon?

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Lala Jackson Diabetes technology like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) have created less burdensome care routines for people living with diabetes who are able to get them. For some, this tech has also led to lower A1c, more time in range, and fewer […]

Zoning in on Sick Day Management: Practical Tips, Strategies, and Advice

By Dr. Francine Kaufman Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Fran Kaufman shares tips for managing illness and diabetes: make a sick day plan, have supplies on hand, log your data, modify your insulin doses, and call your healthcare team.  Everyone with diabetes who takes insulin needs to have a sick day plan. This is something you develop […]