We Need to Make Sure Type 1 Diabetic Technology is Properly Funded

A couple of weeks ago, NICE announced the approval of the artificial pancreas on the NHS. A hybrid, closed-loop system, it will help Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) patients manage their blood glucose levels without the need to constantly monitor themselves with a continuous glucose monitor or a manual finger prick test.

A watershed moment in diabetes technology, the artificial pancreas could be prescribed to more than 105,000 patients in England. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2015, I could form part of that statistic.

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How Type 1 Diabetes has Helped me to Love my Curves Again

TW: This article contains discussion of disordered eating and internalised fatphobia perpetuated by society.

Type 1 diabetes is a deeply misunderstood disease. It’s discussed purely in medical terms, with perfect formulae given to emulate the results a working pancreas would give, but discussing the impact it has on body image is taboo.   

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As a Type One Diabetic, I Struggled with Whether I Was “Disabled Enough”

My relationship with disability is complicated. Type one diabetes is an invisible illness, but most days, I don’t consider myself to be “ill.” I’m incredibly privileged in that the NHS allows me free access to insulin, the Omnipod Dash insulin pump and the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system. I live a relatively “normal” life, and as a result, I haven’t always felt comfortable using the label “disabled”: but was this the product of societal perceptions of disability?