Newly Diagnosed


If you are here at “Newly Diagnosed” it most likely means you or someone your know and probably love, have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Let us be the first to say, “We’re sorry,” but we are glad you have found your way here.

On this page you’ll find the following:

  • The Basic Basics – what you need to know now
  • The Next Layer – information for beyond the initial diagnosis
  • Teaching Type 1 to others – guides for anyone who needs to be in the know
  • Personal stories – written about diagnosis plus additional support for parents
  • The “Type1Day1” film project – what others wish they had known on their Day 1
  • Online community + support systems in the Beyond Type 1 community

The Basic Basics

A Type 1 diagnosis is overwhelming – some say like swimming with sharks. These Basic Basics are just that – the basics you need in the first few days of adjusting Type 1. There’s always more in depth information available, but for now, here are our selections for getting out of the hospital or doctor’s office.

What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that makes the body unable to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.MORE

Visiting Your Doctor: What To Expect

Your first visit is generally more about discussing your diabetes, your glucose levels and your goals, rather than physically examining you.MORE

How to Test Blood Sugar

This is a practical step-by-step guide for how to test blood sugar. Share it with your family or friends who might be testing your child's blood for the first time, or use it as a guide for yours...MORE

What To Eat

Understanding what you are eating, how much you are eating and knowing how to match your insulin are good basics to come to the table with.MORE

All About Insulin

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood, effectively turning food into fuel for the body. A person is diagnosed with diabetes once the body is n...MORE


Glucagon raises your blood sugar (treating hypoglycemia) while insulin lowers it (treating hyperglycemia or preventing it when taken before eating).MORE

The Next Layer

Teaching Type 1 to Others


A Short Film


Neil Greathouse teamed up with Beyond Type 1 to produce this short film, Type1Day1. A collaborative video project, the film brings together original footage from around the US, along with crowdsourced messages of hope (submitted by our #diabadass community!). Type1Day1 is a video for those experiencing their own first day, highlighting the strength of the T1D community that they are now a part of.


  • Released 11.14.15 #WorldDiabetesDay
  • Produced by NLC Creative & Beyond Type 1
  • Directed by Neil Greathouse


Our newsletter and social media platforms are a great place to connect with the Type 1 community.

Our website is full of useful guides and personal stories from all walks of life. You’ve just started, so try to not get too overwhelmed. Take it one day at a time! And don’t forget to give yourself a break — it’s a lot to take in. We know, because we’ve been there.