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.