Weekly Coronavirus Resources for People with T1D – 7/31/2020

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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 content from Beyond Type 1, JDRF, and more!

Take a look!

Here are some of the stories to keep an eye on this week.

  • Let’s celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 𝟑𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲! The ADA works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Learn more here.
  • Join Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET, when @JDRF and @CollegeDiabetes Network will host a discussion on preparing and navigating the transition to college life, whether it be virtual, on campus, or a combination. Learn about accommodations, campus life, telling others about T1D, and get all your questions answered.
  • What is chronic kidney disease? How is diabetes related to CKD? What can you do to support kidney health? Check out this article + download the CKD infographic to get answers to these questions and more.
  • DiabetesMine: Another month in the books. Diabetes Mine shares favorite social media posts from around the Diabetes Online Community for July 2020.

Hesitant to participate in research? We get it, T1D Exchange takes data privacy and security seriously. We will do everything to ensure that the information you entrust us is secure.

  • Study Links COVID-19 to Increased Rates of DKA at Diagnosis in Children. This week, a new study out of Germany (Click here for coverage in Spanish) showed increased rates of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis for people under the age of 18 amidst COVID-19. From March to May 2020, rates of DKA at diagnosis almost doubled compared to years prior, presenting in almost half of those diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This is most likely due to a delay in seeking medical care due to the complexities of life during COVID.

To address these trends and to prepare for the coming months when regular flu cases and Type 1 diabetes diagnoses tend to uptick, we are sharing this information about the Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes.

In the best of times, the warning signs can be hard to spot unless someone is aware. Download here posters and social media graphics. We invite you to spread the word about #T1DWarningSigns. 

  •  Why Is Type 1 Diabetes Misdiagnosed? Many people with Type 1 share a similar diagnosis story. They display all the classic symptoms (extreme thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, nausea) and were fortunate enough to be accurately diagnosed by their primary care doctor. However, some people with Type 1 are not as fortunate to quickly receive a correct diagnosis. This resource explains some of the conditions Type 1 diabetes is often misdiagnosed.
  • Check out this award-winning coverage of DKA – Previously Healthy. Shares the backstory of Reegan’s Rule, a Type 1 diabetes screening bill named for a child who passed away after a delayed diagnosis.

Upcoming events:

  • From August 3-6, the first People of Color Living with Diabetes conference is being hosted virtually by Umemba Health, LLC, and Type One Tool. You can sign up for free here

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!

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  • diaTribe: Lyumjev, new rapid-acting mealtime insulin, has been approved by the FDA. The insulin is absorbed into the bloodstream and the body more quickly. Read about it here.
  • “In the United States, we treat symptoms and we do so as cheaply as possible. We don’t treat the whole person.” – Trustee David Panzirer. Hear how telehealth can enable holistic, personalized care by tuning into this recorded Cecelia Health webinar.
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As some students, teachers, and administrative support staff are facing in-person schooling, anxieties are high and the diabetes community needs resources and answers from sources they trust.

  • Take a look at this Instagram post reminding our communities to practice vital basic behaviors.
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Transition to college is challenging for all young adults, but especially so for students with T1D.  Are you prepared to support them? We can help. The College Diabetes Network (CDN) has released two key resources aimed at the campus administration.

  • A fantastic article was published in the Mary Christie Quarterly about the implications of returning to campus while living with a chronic disease; the PDF can be found here.
  • T1D friends who live on the Coast of TX, Tropical storm warnings have been issued for a portion of the Texas coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. Consider checking this diabetes emergency plan!
  • What happens when language barriers interfere with finding emotional support? Explore the challenges Beyond Type 1 staff member, Mariana Gomez, faced when searching for a therapist after moving to the USA
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  • Join JDRF and College Diabetes on July 31 at 3 p.m. for a discussion on preparing and navigating the transition to college life, whether it be virtual, on campus, or a combination. Learn about accommodations, campus life, telling others about T1D, and more!
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