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Protect Your Loved Ones: A Husband’s Perspective on T1D and COVID-19


Jorge opens up about how he came to realize the seriousness of COVID-19 and the steps he is taking to protect his family.READ MORE

Get Help From Home: What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Telehealth


Telehealth is an untapped resource that could prove helpful in lightening the load when it comes to providing necessary healthcare in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond.READ MORE

Living with an Invisible Illness During a Pandemic


From well-meaning people, I’ve heard a lot of “everyone will be fine, only the sick and elderly are going to be hit hard.” I imagine they're not thinking about who is on the other end of that message.READ MORE

Between Two Lines: Tackling Type 1 With Humor


Levi Davenport recently created a video series titled "If Blood Sugar Could Talk," in an attempt to personify pesky blood sugars. His Youtube channel "Between Two Lines" offers humor and support to those with T1D.READ MORE

The Power in Numbers: Change.org’s Affordable Insulin For All Movement


As insulin prices continue to increase in the United States, Change.org is equipping those affected with the tools to speak out.READ MORE

Mental Health + Coping with Coronavirus


Dr. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE shares some insight into good practices in the midst of concerns about coronavirus and its impact on mental health.READ MORE

Sharing My Journey


Janae talks about her opening up about T1D for the first time online, and how she knew it was important to provide a perspective as a woman of color.READ MORE

Gary Forbes: Besting Diabetes on the Basketball Court


Rob Howe interviewed Gary Forbes, a former NBA player with Type 1 diabetes, who still plays professionally overseas.READ MORE

Diagnosis + Diabulimia: QiQi’s Journey


Eating disorders aren't discussed much in the diabetes world. Qiana shares her story about diabulimia to normalize the discussion about eating disorders. READ MORE

How to Choose an Endo


Choosing the right endocrinologist to fit your lifestyle is not always an easy task, but don't be afraid to look around and advocate for yourself.READ MORE

Non-Binary + T1D: The World of Cpunk


Sam reflects on finding the cpunk community and how open others were to embracing their diabetes and non-binary identity.READ MORE

Not a Choice: Being Type 1 + Transgender


O.C. talks about the similarities of living with both Type 1 diabetes and being transgender, and the unexpected hope that lies in realizing those.READ MORE

How the Kindness of Strangers Saved One Boy’s Life


Gahan is eight years old and lives in a small village outside Bangladesh. Thanks to donations, Life for a Child is able to provide Gahan with what he needs.READ MORE

Mommy Beeps: Parenting as a Type 1


Kim reflects on interactions with her sons and the difficulties of explaining chronic illness to young ones, which is what led to her writing the children's book, "Mommy Beeps."READ MORE

My Dos and Don’ts for People Without Diabetes


Erika Szumel gives us her essentials dos and don'ts guide for those living without diabetes, so that they might better understand what's appropriate.READ MORE

Becoming Whole Again: Type 1, Technology + Resilience


Guneet Kaur created a multimedia zine (pronounced "zeen") to tell the story of her life with diabetes and celiac, and the impact her culture and community has had.READ MORE

Invincible: The T1D App for Teaching Caregivers


Bob Weishar, founder of Invincible, saw the need to teach non-healthcare personnel at schools all about T1D and how to best support their students.READ MORE

Is Sharing Diabetes Numbers Online Harmful?


In the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, Stacey takes time to personally reflect on our society's need to share everything – and why this might be detrimental when it comes to diabetes numbers.READ MORE

My Father’s Disease


Sam talks about his father's life with diabetes and how his eventual diagnosis brought the two closer together than ever before.READ MORE

Technology For My Lifestyle: An Eversense Review


Megan Casey has found that the implantable Eversense CGM is her best bet when it comes to diabetes management because it fits her lifestyle.READ MORE

On Falling in Love + Climbing Mountains with Diabetes


Siobhan reflects on how she decided to get back to nature and how against the odds, she found someone wonderful to share her travels with.READ MORE

Life with T1D: A Gamer’s Take


DJ is a content creator living with Type 1 diabetes. In his spare time, he hosts video game streams and has connected with a number of other T1Ds as a result.READ MORE

Letting Go of the Way Things Were


Bonnie shares an excerpt from the book she is writing for parents of a child with chronic illness. Through narrative and reflection, the book weaves a story of hope amidst the challenges of raising a child with T1D.READ MORE

Making It Look Easy


Growing up, I didn’t understand my grandfather’s diabetes, but I knew it was as much a part of his life as his career in the law. It wasn’t until a decade after his passing, when I was serving as a Coast Guard officer in Puerto Rico, that I learned that we shared a different bond.READ MORE

Marathon Running + T1D: A True Balancing Act


On the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, Stacey talks to Mike Greenberg, a member of the Beyond Type Run 2019 Marathon Team. Michael discusses completing his first marathon, his love of comic books and wrestling, and how his passions helped him tackle his diabetes diagnosis.READ MORE

Watch SWEET YOYO – A Short Film About Type 1 Diabetes


After two years of winning awards at international festivals, Sweet Yoyo, a short film about a child with Type 1 Diabetes, is now available streaming online for the first time ever.READ MORE

City of Hope’s World Diabetes Day Panel


On November 14th, World Diabetes Day, City of hope hosted an hour-long Facebook Live broadcast titled "Celebrating World Diabetes Day: Journey Toward a Cure,” hosted by Beyond Type 1 cofounder, Sam Talbot.READ MORE

When Burnout + Exhaustion Is All You Can Muster


Stacey Obrecht shares some raw + honest words about the moments when all she has is tiredness + ill will for her son's Type 1.READ MORE

The T1D Guide to Running Your First Marathon


So, you have T1D and you want to run a marathon? You’re in luck! Alexi just did and shares her tips and tricks.READ MORE

Coping With Fear of Hypoglycemia


This panel features opinions from a psychologist, CDE and patient regarding fears of hypoglycemia and ways they can be assuaged -- one of which involves having tools at your disposal. READ MORE

This Year’s Gear


The 2019 Beyond Type Run team has support from some amazing brands this year. Check out what this T1D team is sporting to reach their full potential on the course.READ MORE

The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom: A Book Review


Stacey Simms has recently added a new title to her repertoire: author. Stacey’s new book, "The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom" is available now.READ MORE

Trading in Goggles for Running Shoes


Tanner is running the TCS New York City Marathon this year with Beyond Type Run. A competitive NCAA Division I swimmer, he's switching it up + this is why.READ MORE

Accepting My Body + The Challenges That Come With It


Bike across the country? Sure. Raise five thousand dollars? Got it. Manage your blood sugar while doing so? Yikes.READ MORE

Treating T1D in Bangladesh: Dr. Kaufman + Life for a Child


Dr. Francine Kaufman spent time in Bangladesh with Life for a Child to learn about conditions in the country and help determine treatment options for a number of families affected by diabetes.READ MORE

Tips for Managing T1D in the Workplace


Erika Szumel lends her five ways to help manage Type 1 in the workplace, and they might not be what you think.READ MORE

Never Letting Diabetes Stop Me


Beth shares her journey of running, her goal of running all 6 Major World Marathons and how a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis took her by surprise.READ MORE

Practice, Practice, Practice: Music, Marathons + T1D


2019 Beyond Type Run team member Emma Plehal talks about practice as it pertains to music, running, and T1D - and the common threads that all three share.READ MORE

How To Prevent Lows During Exercise With Exercise Itself


Dr. Sheri Colberg shares her ways to prevent lows during exercise using specific exercises to do so. She has compiled these methods using research + athlete experiences.READ MORE

Gearing Up for 26.2


Our Beyond Type Run team is approximately ONE MONTH away from hitting the (literal) pavement in NYC as they take on the TCS New York City Marathon on November 3rd.READ MORE

T1D Greatest Hits Playlist


The playlist is here. Get your groove on and have fun with these Type 1 tunes. READ MORE

Taking the Blame and Shame Out of Complications


Noted T1D blogger Renza Scibilia and Twitter's Chris Aldred ("The Grumpy Pumper") talk about blaming and shaming when it comes to complications.READ MORE

T1D Pro Basketball Player Fabian Bleck Talks Support Systems + Consistency


Fabian Bleck talks about his life with Type 1 as a basketball player in Germany and what playing at the professional player is like.READ MORE

Telling Our Family’s Story


Ava's mother tells BT1 how "The Ups and Downs of Audrey May," a story inspired by her daughter's day to day with Type 1 diabetes, came to be.READ MORE

67 Years with Type 1


Rick has had Type 1 diabetes since 1952 – a time when tools were scarce and management was elusive. He's grateful to have Type 1 now, in a time when diabetes tech is at its best.READ MORE

The First Teenager to Loop: Carson’s Story


On the newest episode of Diabetes Connections, host Stacey Simms talks to Carson Wedding – the first teenager to start looping.READ MORE

Movies That Make Us Think All The T1D Thoughts


Everyone loves movies. But some films conjure hilarious and/or downright frightening scenarios for those dealing day in and day out with Type 1.READ MORE

Diabetes Scholar Kaila Kemnetz-Ness Talks College Life with T1D


Kaila Kemnetz-Ness lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was awarded a scholarship through Diabetes Scholars in 2015.READ MORE

From Dance to ‘American Ninja Warrior’: Christina Martin Talks to BT1


Christina Martin talks to Beyond Type 1 about her time on American Ninja Warrior and what living with Type 1 means to her.READ MORE

Hannah’s Story: How to Manage T1D in College


Hannah, a spokesperson for Abbott, talks life in college with the help of her FreeStyle Libre 14 day system.READ MORE

Finding Myself Again


Janae Gray shares her T1D diagnosis story, how it affected her fitness journey, and how she got back on track with her fitness goals post-diagnosis.READ MORE

Leading By Example: Q+A with Marathon Captain Nate Checketts


Nate Checketts is co-captaining the 2019 Beyond Type Run Team with Ryan Reed and gives Beyond Type 1 some insight into his training + inspiration.READ MORE

A Complicated Process: T1D and My Emergency C-Section


Hannah Brown shares the story of her pregnancy and birth of her child via c-section and the ways in which her diabetes played a role.READ MORE

Peak Performance: A Project 50in50 Update


Michael Shelver and Patrick Mertes touch base with Beyond Type 1 with exciting news: they completed their challenge and with some amazing READ MORE

Life is Not a Problem to be Solved, it’s a Reality to Experience


Emanuel Mini is the first and only Latin American cyclist on Team Novo Nordisk, the first all diabetes professional cycling team.READ MORE

Transform Your Passion Into Character


David Lozano is a cyclist on Team Novo Nordisk, the first all diabetes professional cycling team.READ MORE

My Brother Beat the Odds With Type 1 – Now It’s My Turn


Kyle Severson is a member of the 2019 Beyond Type Run team and talks about the example his brother set living with Type 1 before Kyle was diagnosed.READ MORE

Father Riding Across Country for T1D Cure After Son’s Death


Rex Covington is riding across the United States on a motorcycle to raise awareness and fundraise for Type 1 diabetes, having lost his son to the condition.READ MORE

Becoming Visible: Lisa Hepner’s Journey With ‘The Human Trial’


Craig Stubing had the chance to discuss Type 1 with Lisa Hepner, director of the Human Trial.READ MORE

Putting Net Carbs to the Test


The Beyond Type 1 team put ZenoBar's "freaky net carb" claim to the test and saw surprising results!READ MORE

Unforeseen Complications: Diagnosed With T1D in the Army


Claire Paterson talks marathon training and her life as a pediatrician in the army - something that has been called into question by her recent T1D diagnosis.READ MORE

What is the “Right” Age For Certain T1D Milestones?


Stacey Simms, of the weekly podcast Diabetes Connections, talks all things parenting and Type 1 diabetes with guest Moira McCarthy.READ MORE

A Tough Break: A Project 50-in-50 Update


The Project 50-in-50 guys suffered a very difficult setback weeks ago, but they've just reached their 41st peak and are back on track.READ MORE

From LADA to Low-Carb: The ZenoBar Story


Russell Long, creator of ZenoBar, shares his diagnosis story and the inspiration behind his ultra low-carb bars.READ MORE

My Journey with Hypo Anxiety


Kristi shares the story of her anxiety surrounding hypoglycemia, how she came to name the issue and how she has grown in the face of adversity.READ MORE

Try Again: A Story of DKA, Marathon + Perseverance


Missy tells the story of her frightening DKA encounter and all that she has learned about herself, especially as it pertains to running and managing T1D.READ MORE

Find The Devices You Need: DiabetesWise


DiabetesWise is dedicated to helping those living with diabetes discover the best devices to live their desired lifestyle.READ MORE

Making the Most of My Chronic Illness


Reece Ohmer, one of this year's Diabetes Scholars, shares how she has made the most of her diabetes diagnosis and inspired others to do the same.READ MORE

My Wedding Was a Zoo – Literally!


Elizabeth Firestone shares the story of how her wedding day turned into a fundraiser for Type 1 at a zoo and why she chose to recreate that magic by running on this year's marathon team.READ MORE

A Lifetime of Carb Consumption: Nate’s Type 1 Diagnosis Story


Nate Checketts is the co-founder and CEO of Rhone, a men's activewear company. He tells the story of his diagnosis and explains what the diabetes community means to him.READ MORE

From Denali to Delaware: A Project 50-in-50 Update


The Project 50-in-50 guys updated Beyond Type 1 on their journey so far, as they've reached their 19th peak.READ MORE

Saving My Own Life: A Story of Diabetes + Depression


Jiggy Yoon discusses the ups and downs in her life around the time of her diagnosis, and how she learned to pick herself up in spite of hardship and depression.READ MORE

Sibling Envy – When One Child Has Diabetes and the Other Does Not


Erin McShay talks having two children - one with T1D and one without - and the surprising challenges that come with raising them together.READ MORE

Things Everyone Thinks Are Gross Unless You’re a T1D


Alexi Melvin gives us the inside scoop on gross, T1D-only situations that people outside the T1D space just don't understand.READ MORE

Flaws in Technology: A Case of DKA


Ilse Michelle Mora Rodríguez is a doctor who has lived with Type 1 for nearly her entire life. Her brush with DKA came when she least expected it.READ MORE

Help Emilia: A T1D Cause


Neil Greathouse asks other willing and able T1Ds to send extra supplies so that he might bring them down to Peru to help better (and possibly save) the life of a fellow T1D.READ MORE

Project 50-in-50: Conquering New Heights with Type 1


Project 50-in-50 is the brainchild of two outdoorsmen with T1D whose goal is to summit 50 mountain peaks across the United States in only 50 days.READ MORE

I Was Blamed for My T1D Diagnosis


Edith Mukantwari is President of the Africa Diabetes Alliance, an organization in Uganda that seeks to encourage diabetes education and bridge the information gap.READ MORE

Language Matters


Diabetogenic blog creator Renza Scibilia writes about the power of language and why it matters so much, especially in the diabetes space.READ MORE

Inspiring Camaraderie: The SafeSittings Effect


Stacey talks about her experience with SafeSittings and the impact it had on her.READ MORE

Mental Health + The Power of Running


Several members of Type One Run share their take on mental health and the connection between exercise, T1D management, and a healthy outlook on life.READ MORE

Compare Less, Live More: Social Pressure + T1D


Alexi Melvin discusses the competitive nature of social media and the way it affects the T1D community in particular.READ MORE

Surfing the Highs and Lows of T1D


Elise Trigger discusses her passion for surfing and how she manages her T1D while in the zone.READ MORE

Two Types of Diabetes Under One Roof


Christine Kanderski shares the story of her son and his grandmother, who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes respectively. READ MORE

A LADA Thoughts


All I knew was something was wrong and I was happy my endo appointment was just a few days later. It never occurred to me the cause was a different diagnosis. It never occurred to me that it was LADA.READ MORE

Thank You Kerri, a DOC Pioneer


The blog 'Six Until Me', which has been a mainstay of the Diabetes Online Community since 2005, will no longer be publishing new content.READ MORE

How to Build a Healthy Relationship with Diabetes


Drew Harrisberg discusses his necessary list of ways to better contend with diabetes and make it through everyday life in a healthy way.READ MORE

Managing T1D on My Wedding Day — A Real Team Effort


Michelle Lord discusses the team she assembled to help her live "diabetes-free" on her wedding day.READ MORE

Flipping the Script on Diabetes


Kelsey Bascom is working on a comic film script that showcases life with T1D, using her experience to bring T1D to a wider audience.READ MORE

Previously Healthy from Beyond Type 1 Named Webby People’s Voice Award Winner


Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” and “the Oscars of the Internet” The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) honoring excellence on the Internet.READ MORE

Living on a Remote Island with T1D


Abby Crawford shares her experience of living with T1D on a remote island with little access to medical supplies.READ MORE

At Least It’s Not Cancer…


Liz Gilmore has a few words for people who claim diabetes isn't something to take seriously.READ MORE

Dear Diabetes, You’re Not Invited to My Wedding


Liz Gilmore details the steps she's taking to ensure her big day doesn't see any T1D-related interruptions. READ MORE

Making An Invisible Disease Visible: Injecting Myself On Adventure Cyclist Magazine


Annalisa van den Bergh injects herself on the cover of Adventure Cycling, the largest cycling magazine.READ MORE

Love and Lows in the Deli Line: A T1D Struggle


Suddenly, seemingly out of left field, you feel it. The sweating. The shakes. The disorientation. You need to test, and you need to test now. READ MORE

AYUDA: Changing the Face of Diabetes Volunteering Abroad


AYUDA – American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad – is a nonprofit dedicated to creating culturally sensitive and sustainable diabetes volunteer programs around the world, where American youth can work with youth abroad to make a difference in their communities.READ MORE

Teen with T1D Rationed Insulin to Help Parents


Dillon Hooley started rationing insulin at the beginning of 2018, in an effort to help his parents struggling with finances.READ MORE

A ‘We Are Diabetes’ Mentor Tells Her Story


Julie Vagle struggled with an eating disorder and her stress was compounded by a T1D diagnosis. She had to undergo recovery in order to make peace with both.READ MORE

Life with a T1D Eating Disorder


Shelby Charles lived with Type 1 diabetes for years and used it as a weight loss tool before understanding just dangerous her habits had become.READ MORE

Judgement in the Online T1D Community


Carter Clark reflects on both camaraderie and judgement within the T1D space online.READ MORE