The Terrifying and Rarely Discussed Prevalence of Suicide in Type 1 Diabetes

Suicide is terrifyingly and astonishingly common in people with type 1 diabetes. That was the unavoidable takeaway from a symposium at the 2022 Scientific Sessions conference put on by the American Diabetes Association. First, the data. A 2017 systematic review and analysis published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that an astonishing 7.7% of […]

Diabetes and the Fear It Creates

People with diabetes need their insulin, devices, and other medications to stay healthy. Some hoard supplies in case of emergencies. Others try to, but unfortunately, these items are extremely expensive, and it just isn’t always feasible. I recently got a glimpse of a diabuddy’s supply drawer (it was more like an entire bureau) and was […]

What You Need to Know about Diabetes Alert Dogs

Before there was the continuous glucose monitor, there was the diabetic alert dog, or, to use their adorable acronym, the DAD. These highly-skilled furry medical assistants are trained to do something remarkable: they can sense your blood sugar and warn you when it is too low or too high. Diabetic alert dogs have saved lives. […]

How to Plan for Sick Days with Diabetes

Have you noticed that your blood glucose levels get harder to manage when you are unwell? When we get sick, the body releases various stress hormones, some of which cause blood glucose levels to rise. You may easily find that you need more insulin to maintain your blood sugar in your usual range—and that your […]

How to Organize All Your Diabetes Supplies

Diabetes: there’s so much stuff! Overwhelmed with all the medication, devices, and supplies? You may need a little organization. A tiny home book library doesn’t have to be organized alphabetically because it’s small but your local library must use some organizational system to keep things straight, right? Well, for many with diabetes, all of the […]

“Considered a Curse”—Combating Diabetes Stigma in Nagpur, India

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Lucía Feito Allonca de Amato Jayesh Amarte is a 22-year-old man living in Nagpur, India studying to enter a Master’s Degree Program in Product Design. Jayesh also uses his talents as a public speaker to advocate for awareness about Type 1 diabetes, a […]

Five Reasons Why I Choose Multiple Daily Injections

Since the day I was diagnosed, I have had people telling me I should consider an insulin pump. Seven and a half years later, I still say no. My A1c has always been in a healthy range, and I am fine with only having one device, the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM), on my […]

Stigma and the Stories We Share

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Matthew Garza Matthew Garza joined the diaTribe Foundation in 2020 after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Garza is the Managing Editor of diaTribe Learn. One of the most powerful ways to change a person’s mind is to have a […]

Imagine Spotlights: Community Manager Tiana Cooks Talks T1D + Pageantry

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Beyond Type 1 Imagine Spotlights is a weekly video series produced as part of ADA’s virtual Imagine Camps for kids and teens. Hosted by Rob Howe, this series features conversations with inspirational individuals affected by diabetes and offers a fun learning experience for campers and […]

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 […]