What T1D Teaches

Upon diagnosis with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the disease immediately teaches you that your pancreas isn’t just this corn on the cob–shaped organ sitting behind your stomach. The insulin produced by this organ is crucial to metabolizing food, feeding your cells, and keeping you alive. When you’re diagnosed, you learn how to test your blood […]

Emergency Preparedness for Type 1 Diabetes

From the wrath of Hurricane Sandy along the eastern seaboard to devastating wildfires in the west, the past two years have shattered previous records for natural disaster destruction in the United States. The hardships and chaos these catastrophes cause are difficult enough. But factor in the added demands of managing type 1 diabetes (T1D), and […]

Q&A: The ABCs of T1D

Question: I am a parent with type 1 diabetes. My children are now ages seven and two, and they are asking questions about it. How do I explain to them what type 1 diabetes is in a way that will help them understand and not be scared? Answer: I have been in this exact same […]

Having a Happy T1D Holiday

Sweeping your gaze over the holiday food spread, you can’t help but notice that the eating options lean heavily in favor of high-carb, high-sugar, and high-octane type 1 diabetes (T1D) trouble: candy canes, gingerbread houses, heaping plates of festive cookies, eggnog, and sweet-potato pies. Even seemingly innocent sugarplums are in on the oversaturation of sugar […]

Managing Emotions after Diagnosis

Coming to grips with the emotional challenges of a new diabetes diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience for families. At a time when patients and parents are at their most vulnerable, they must quickly overcome the initial shock of the diagnosis, learn complex information, make considerable lifestyle changes, and help develop new attitudes and behaviors. […]

Depression in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Learning the symptoms and how to cope In the 40-plus years since Larry was diagnosed with diabetes, he has raised a son through a divorce and brought up three step-daughters. He has suffered from complications of his type 1 diabetes that led to him losing his sight in one eye. And he’s suffered from depression, […]