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How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

The photo of young Aylan Kurdi has focused world attention on the plight of refugees. His tragic death has shocked many and is a reminder that we are living amidst the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Less well known are struggles of refugees with type 1 diabetes. Read more

The Climb

The Climb

I climbed a mountain today. In fact, I climbed the highest mountain in Wales (elevation 1,085 metres or 3,560 feet) and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. Read more

Two Stories of Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

It was in late 2002 that I started falling ill. I thought I had malaria and I went to the pharmacy and bought antimalarial drugs. I took the drugs but I didn’t improve, so I decided to go to the hospital... Read more

1922

1922

“We felt it more humanitarian to prolong the lives of many old and faithful patients rather than attempt to secure marvelous results in a few.” This quote is from Dr. Elliott Joslin regarding his first experiences treating patients with insulin in 1922. Read more

What Should Change in Diabetes?

What Should Change in Diabetes?

We at T1International definitely desire multiple changes when it comes to diabetes, but to keep things relatively short I will focus on one. Read more

The Puzzle of Type 1 Diabetes

The Puzzle of Type 1 Diabetes

Unlike many other health conditions (not all, but many!) that require a simple treatment – one medication, one procedure, one emergency routine, etc. – treating type 1 diabetes is like putting together a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to be put together correctly in order to have a fair chance at a full life with type 1 diabetes. Read more

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

What’s The Deal With Generic Insulin?

At first glance it would seem that generic forms of insulin (versions created when patents expire) should be making a significant impact on global insulin prices and therefore the ability of people to access insulin. On closer inspection it is clear that they have not yet made a noticeable effect. Read more

Let’s Talk About Inequality (for people with diabetes)

While inequality certainly describes what many people living with diabetes in some parts of the world face daily, it does not fully exemplify the struggles and horror faced by someone who does not have access to their insulin, blood glucose monitoring supplies, or other essential diabetes needs. Read more

Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

This is a difficult story to share, but it has strong elements of perseverance and hope because the person who shared it with me is living with diabetes in situation that makes every day difficult. I connected with Olafimihan Nasiru a few months ago, thanks to the Nigerian Online Diabetes Community and he offered to share his diabetes story with me. Read more

My Insulin Scare

My Insulin Scare

Most of us know that, essentially, the most important thing for a person with diabetes is insulin. Someone with Type 1 diabetes can die within weeks if there is no insulin in their body. I recently had an experience with my own insulin that put the issues I am passionate about into perspective even more. Here is what happened... Read more