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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 behavior change content from Beyond Type 1, JDRF, and more!
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Here are some of the stories to keep an eye on this week.
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- Insulin was discovered nearly 100 years ago! Check out this interesting timeline about the History of Diabetes from 1500 BC to today.
The New York Times released staggering data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States regarding the intense racial disparities in COVID-19.
In the US, Black and Latinx people are 3 times more likely to be infected with COVID, and 2 times more likely to die from the disease if infected, than their white counterparts. This is due to the intense systemic racism that has led to a lack of resources and inequitable healthcare, stacked upon long-standing racist policies impacting economics, housing, and more.
- On July 18, Arogya World is hosting a webinar on the impact of COVID on women’s lives, including women as healthcare providers, the issue of unpaid care, and more.
- On August 1, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) will be hosting their first-ever entirely virtual conference, geared toward people across the globe living with diabetes, as well as their caretakers and medical professionals. There will also be a Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) component providing CME credits.
- COVID-19 and type 1 diabetes: Challenges and actions. Check out the crucial findings published by Life for a Child in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
- Hyperglycemia Predicts COVID-19 Death Even Without Diabetes. Keep reading about the possible links between COVID-19 and diabetes. This new article on Medscape points to a tie between elevated blood glucose – even in those without previously diagnosed diabetes – and risk of mortality from COVID-19.
- The ADA has been advocating for increased COVID-19 testing in underserved communities, as lack of testing availability has been disproportionately impacting people of color, people with diabetes, and lower socioeconomic status communities. Learn more and amplify the call for more accessible testing.
- Starting school and not sure what you need from your school’s health plan? Read through this College Diabetes Network two-page insurance resource. It will get you started with the info you need to know to make the right choice for you.
International Diabetes Federation.
- Lockdown and diabetes: perspectives from Zimbabwe: Read this piece about the restrictions and the disastrous impact of COVID-19 on diabetes care in Zimbabwe.
- Check out these vital Coronavirus + Diabetes resources and recommendations to protect those most vulnerable among us.
- Check out this article: At What Cost? The Impact of Diabetes On Your Budget, Part 2. In this new series, dig into the impact that living with Type 1 diabetes has on your money.
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!
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 ??????? ???????????, 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 are 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.
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