Type I

Exercise Can Help Delay Progression of Type 1 Diabetes

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, more than half of patients have a “honeymoon phase” during which the pancreas continues to make insulin in limited amounts. This phase may last for days, weeks, or even months, until all the insulin- producing beta cells are destroyed. Now a new study has shown that patients who […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Increases Risk for Dementia

People with type 1 diabetes who go through prolonged periods of uncontrolled blood glucose may have greater risk for dementia, according to a new study. Risk of dementia has often been linked to diabetes; elderly people with type 1 diabetes are over 80% more likely to have the memory loss condition than people who do […]

Can an Algorithm Manage Your Diabetes Better than You Can?

Would you trust an algorithm to decide your insulin dose? A recent clinical trial found that letting an algorithm decide the amount of insulin a person with type 1 diabetes needs helped keep blood sugar levels under control more effectively than when the participants managed their insulin needs themselves. Read more

Poor Blood Sugar Control Raises Risk of Serious Infections

A new study of over 85,000 people with diabetes has found that those who have the poorest control of their blood sugar are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to serious infections. Their risk was higher with all types of infections, but especially for bacterial infections. Read more

Type 1 Earlier in Childhood Means Shorter Life

The earlier a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the higher their risk of heart disease and a shorter lifespan, according to research. Researchers had thought the physical burden of more years spent with high glucose levels was the cause of heart problems and earlier death, but now think there may be another factor: […]

The Importance of Specialized Diabetes Care During Pregnancy

A young woman with type 1 diabetes shared her experience of receiving special diabetes care during her pregnancy. While the care she received was excellent and helped her and her baby stay healthy throughout the pregnancy, a breakdown in communication after her baby was born early nearly led to disaster. Read more

Type 1 or Type 2? It’s More Complicated than You Might Think

Many people think of type 1 as a childhood disease, while thinking type 2 only develops in adulthood. A diabetes specialist discusses why that’s wrong, sharing her own experiences of diagnosing type 1 in elderly adults, and type 2 in toddlers. She points out that distinguishing type 1 from type 2 is often more complicated […]

Benefits of Diabetes Summer Camps

Why is it good for kids with diabetes to attend a special summer camp? A student pharmacist shares her experiences working at a camp and watching kids with type 1 learn from each other and develop new skills for managing their condition, while still having fun and enjoying camp life. Read more

Saliva Test Can Identify Type 1 in Children

A new test using just a saliva sample could replace blood tests to assess and monitor diabetes. According to a new study, analysis of proteins in saliva can identify high blood sugar and related problems in children and adolescents with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes,  before the appearance of clinical symptoms. By identifying diabetes early, complications […]

Large Babies Common for Women with Type 1, Even with Good Control

A new study found that women with type 1 diabetes had babies who were large for their gestational age, in spite of good diabetes management and glucose control during pregnancy, showing that even with excellent care, there are still challenges facing mothers with type 1 diabetes. Read more

New Insulin Delivery System Beneficial in Type 1

New research showed that people with type 1 diabetes who used the Diabeloop DBLG1,  a “closed-loop” insulin delivery system at home spent a larger percentage of time in their target glucose range, and experienced fewer hypoglycemic events, compared to patients who used an “open-loop” system — their regular pump and sensor.  The Diabeloop DBLG1 system consists […]

Using an SGLT-2 Inhibitor Drug Has Benefits for Type 1

New research suggests that adding an SGLT-2 inhibitor drug, dapagliflozin, to insulin therapy is helpful to patients with type 1 diabetes who are not able to maintain ideal blood glucose ranges with insulin alone. Because the drug can cause a slight increase in the kidney problem DKA, patients and their doctors should work closely together […]

Is Insulin in Pill Form Finally Here?

Researchers have been working on a way to deliver insulin in pill form instead of via injection for a long time, an innovation that would make the lives of people with type 1 diabetes much easier. However, they have struggled to find a method that would allow insulin to survive the human digestive system. Now […]

Preventing Exercise-Induced Hypoglycemia in Type 1

Exercising with type 1 diabetes can pose challenges, such as incidents of hypoglycemia. A new mini-dose glucagon has the potential to be a better option for treating exercise-induced hypoglycemia than other treatment methods, like eating carbohydrate-rich foods carbohydrate ingestion or reducing insulin dose. Read more

New SGLT-2 Inhibitor May be Helpful for Type 1 Diabetes

Sotagliflozin (brand name Zynquista), will be reviewed by the FDA as a possible adjunct treatment, along with insulin, for type 1 diabetes. If approved, it will be the first oral antidiabetes medication used in combination with insulin in patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Read more

Low Carb Diets for Athletes with Diabetes

With low carbs very much in the news, diabetes educator and exercise expert Sheri Colberg looks at low carb diets for athletes with type 1 diabetes. How low should an athlete with diabetes go? Read more

Very Low Carb Diets Provide Better Diabetes Control

Many diabetes experts have been fans of low carb diets for a while now. New research adds support to the idea, showing that patients with type 1 who followed a very low carb diet achieved better glucose control. Read more

Targeting the Gut to Prevent Type 1

A new study suggests that targeting specific gut microbes may be a way to protect against type 1 diabetes. Australian researchers found gut microbiota alterations in rodents and humans at high risk of type 1 diabetes, and that these gut microbiota alterations were a result of genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, as well as […]

Can the Whole30 Diet Benefit Type 1 Patients?

The Whole30 Diet claims a variety of health benefits for following its rules for 30 days. It requires dieters to eat nothing but whole, unprocessed foods, and excludes alcohol, wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, and even peanuts and chickpeas. A patient with type 1 shares her experience with the diet and its effect on her blood […]

How Tech Can Help Patients Get Over Motivation Slumps

People who have been dealing with type 1 since childhood can get “burned out” on dealing with their diabetes every day, and lose the motivation to test numbers regularly and do the other tasks they need to do to manage their diabetes. For some of those patients, new technologies like CGMs can make managing their […]