All things Type 1
At the present day, diabetes is one of the biggest public health challenges around the world. Did you know that people have been aware of the disease in one form or another for over 3000 years?
The early history of diabetes is sadly filled with a large amount of pain and suffering. However, thanks to the brilliant minds who have dedicated their lives to studying this disease, diabetes is no longer a death sentence. People living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can live a long and happy life.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices have been around since 1999 in one form or another to help people keep track of their blood glucose levels and reduce the risks of diabetes-related complications. CGMs provide a more efficient method of measuring blood sugar levels when compared to glucometers as they can be used ‘on the go’ by simply checking your phone.
There are two primary categories of CGMs, and within these two, there are various brands and devices available around the world.
It is a well known fact that regular physical activity is associated with a plethora of health benefits for individuals with type 1 diabetes. Improvements in cardiovascular health, reduced insulin requirements, improved body composition and better quality of life are all related to regular exercise. However, it must be noted that people living with Type 1 diabetes must take extra precautions when exercising due to the increased risk of hypoglycemia and even hyperglycemia.
In this weeks article we take a quick look at some of the most common forms of exercise that are beneficial for individuals living with Type 1 diabetes.
Research and development are vital in the quest to find a cure for Type 1. Last week we discussed 4 exciting new companies developing innovative means to help people living with Type 1 diabetes. However, such methods take years of research and testing to be fully available to the public, and it also takes time to build trust around these solutions. Therefore, it is also essential that we look at the current options for managing Type 1 diabetes.
For this article we have assessed 4 platforms that are designed to assist people in better managing their Type 1 diabetes.