Communicate with Others on Campus


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Educate the People Around You!

As we all probably know by now, not everyone is well versed on the topic of type 1 diabetes. Many of your peers, such as roommates, and even professors/instructors will be unaware of what to do in case of emergency.

Be sure to take a moment to speak to everyone who you will be seeing on a day-to-day basis and let them know what to expect going forward. For instance:

  • Explain the difference between “highs” and “lows.” Give them an idea of what you do to monitor your blood sugar, and how your behavior may change in each scenario.
  • Let them know what to do in case of emergency (nasal or injectable glucagon, quick sugar and most importantly, just dialing 911 before doing anything drastic!).
  • Explain the difference between insulin and glucagon, and when each medication should be used.
  • Show your closest friends how to read your continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and access your CGM app on your phone.
  • Explain the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and how you can manage your diet with insulin pens or your pump.

Read the Professor’s Guide to Type 1 Diabetes.

WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 08/12/16, UPDATED 12/23/22

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.