Your Daily News Roundup

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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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 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.
  • 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.

International Diabetes Federation.

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.
  • 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.

“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.
  • 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.

One Drop

  • 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.