Your Daily News Roundup
Everything you need to know this week about type 1 diabetes and coronavirus updates, in one easy-to-read place!
Researchers, advocates, clinicians, and organizations around the country and across the web have been hard at work, creating resources for people living with T1D to better handle the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
We’re taking the opportunity each week to share some of those resources that may help people get through this challenging time with the help of partners and experts.
We will be sharing the most recent, most relevant behavior change content from Beyond Type 1, JDRF, and more!
Take a look!
Here are some of the stories to keep an eye on this week.
If you are living with type 1 diabetes, or are a caregiver for someone who is living with #T1D, you are invited to participate in this industry research study. We are fielding this survey on behalf of 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, one of our industry partners.
The survey focuses on the use of smartphones and wearable technology, as well as food libraries and carb counting.
By clicking this link, you will be directed to an online survey which will take about 10 minutes to complete.
- Join Today, July 10th at 6:30 pm ET for a FB Live and Q&A with Shaina Hatchell BSN, RN, CDE where she’ll be discussing her book “Shia Learns About Insulin” and ways children can talk to their peers about life with #T1D to help them understand. http://facebook.com/myJDRF
- Has managing your child’s blood sugar levels with unpredictable physical activity been a challenge lately? Check out this guide to learn helpful guidelines for when to reduce insulin, increase carbs, and respond to various blood sugar levels
- Explore these great resources on diabetes research created through the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance that addresses research on cures, trials, news, and the improvement of life with T1D.
- CoronavirusDiabetes.org is now available in 7 languages.
- Incorporating a Latinx Lens for Mental Health. Read this crucial piece on how Latinx populations are being impacted during COVID-19.
- Check out this Instagram post on why a T1D community member chooses to wear a mask.
“Personally I see it this way, wearing a mask either works and that’s awesome and slows the spread of COVID-19 or it’s a minor inconvenience that doesn’t hurt anyone that required me covering my ugly mug with a face mask while I grocery shop for an hour.”-Dakota (@sincity_type1). What’re your thoughts?
- It’s a HOT T1D summer! If you’ve noticed your blood sugars dropping or spiking suddenly in extreme temperatures, check out why that might be and what you can do about it.
- What’s a smart insulin anyway? Exploring the past, present, and future of the hormone, people with T1D inject or infuse to stay alive.
- On Wednesday, July 8, DiabetesWise hosted a webinar on Staying Close While Apart: Remote Diabetes Social Support.
- On Thursday, July 9, Beyond Type 1 and Beyond Type 2 joined Cecelia Health on Facebook Live to talk COVID-19 + diabetes with a team of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.
- NCD Alliance, Check out this brief note on how people with non-communicable diseases are bearing the highest impact of COVID-19. It is vital to continue to work together to support our communities.
- July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Month. Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each July and was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States.
- Click here to read the story of Elizabeth Bolt. Elizabeth recently recovered from COVID-19. She is also celebrating her 30th diaversary in November 2020. She took the time to recant her coronavirus story (24 days in full) so that other people with diabetes could gain more understanding about the virus’ impact.
International Diabetes Federation
- The IDF has been sharing fascinating worldwide perspectives (Click here and here) on how people are managing diabetes and life alongside the novel coronavirus.
Blue Circle Foundation
Check out the Blue Circle Buddy Project. The Blue Circle Buddy Project is the first psychosocial helpline exclusively for people with diabetes and their families in India.
Here are a few of the most exciting and important resources that we’ve seen about this topic in the last few weeks — we’ll be updating the list regularly as time goes on!
- Xeris announced this week its new Gvoke HypoPen, the first autoinjector for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in adults and children with diabetes ages 2 and above. Click here to know more.
Glucagon can be nearly as important insulin for some people with diabetes, but it gets talked about far less.
Join Xeris for a community webinar on July 15th, 2020 at 1pm ET to hear Dr. Steve Edelman, Neil Greathouse, and Paul Edick (CEO, Xeris Pharmaceuticals) discuss how the Gvoke HypoPen has the potential to change people’s ability to confidently respond to a very low blood sugar event in a timely manner.
To register for the event go to https://www.gvokeglucagon.com/sign-up.
- Mounting Clues Suggests the Coronavirus Might Trigger Diabetes. Evidence from tissue studies and some people with COVID-19 shows that the virus damages insulin-producing cells. Read more here.
- DiabetesWise is launching a virtual Town Hall Series about Covid-19 and diabetes.
A series of free, online webinar discussions aimed at helping people who are living with diabetes to access the information and support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar is taking place on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 1 pm PDT.
To join, visit covid.diabeteswise.org for more information.
- This week on Imagine Spotlights, Beyond type 1 is featuring actor, singer + fellow #T1D Victor Garber (@OfficialGarber1). Watch to learn about what treating T1D in the early 1960s looked like, what it took for him to embrace his diabetes on a tv set, and more.
- Losing a loved one to diabetes is a tough situation to navigate and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone. Explore Jesse Was Here, a program of Beyond Type 1 that provides resources, support, and tools for those navigating life after a Type 1 Death.
- United Health Care to Begin Covering Tandem Insulin Pumps. On July 1, 2020, United Healthcare (UHC) announced they will begin covering the Tandem t: slim X2 insulin pump for members on Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, individual and group market plans, a departure from UHC’s four-year policy to only provide health insurance coverage for Medtronic insulin pumps.
- How Coming Out Helped Me Accept My T1D Diagnosis. “I didn’t want to be thought of as type 1, just as I didn’t want to be thought of as Gay. But coming out back in the 80s taught me some powerful lessons that I would use on my diabetic journey.” Check out this piece about Peter Friedfeld’s journey, diagnosed as a diabetic not once, but twice.