Type 1 Diabetes Handouts & Resources

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For your safety, the information in these handouts and resources should be reviewed with your healthcare provider.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body to control the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Without insulin, sugar builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. Insulin therapy is needed for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

 

All Canadians with Type 1 Diabetes Qualify for tax credit

 

Appointment Preparation & Uploading Device Data

 

Apps and Forgotten Passwords for Glucose Data:

  • Numerous apps are available to assist those with diabetes. These include apps from companies for specific glucose meters, sensors, insulin pumps as well as third party apps. If you've set up an account and forgotten your password, please see this resource.

 

Resources and Handouts

 

Definitions and Diagnosis

 

Safety

 

Monitoring

 

Management

 

Nutrition

  • Basic nutrition guidelines for type 1 diabetes (AHS)
  • Nutrition education materials (AHS) - click on Diabetes to find publicly available handouts
  • Glycemic Index (Diabetes Canada)
  • Matching insulin to carbohydrate (AHS)
  • Carbohydrate Counting Resources
    • Your diabetes team will help you decide how to match insulin to carbohydrate. This usually includes counting grams of carbohydrate. Resources:
      • Labels: Subtract the grams of fibre from the grams of carbohydrate for the portion on the label.
      • Restaurant websites: Many fast food and other restaurants have nutrient analysis posted online for their products.
      • Diabetes Canada "Beyond the Basics" Tool. Talk to your dietitian as the full tool is not available online.
      • Nutrient Analysis Apps: Visit your smart phone's app store.  Popular Apps include Calorie King and MyFitnessPal. This doesn’t imply an endorsement, or any guarantee of accuracy or ease of use. You may want to search Appcrawlr for reviews. 
      • General carbohydrate estimates. One carbohydrate choice contains 15 grams of carbohydrate (after the fibre is subtracted). Each of the following is one carbohydrate choice: 1 slice of bread or 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooked pasta/potato/other starch; 1 medium piece of fruit; 1 cup (250 mL) of milk; 1 tbsp (15 mL) of sugar, jam or honey. A general guideline for the number of carbohydrate choices to eat per meal is 2-4 for most women and 4-6 for most men. For snacks: 0-1 for women and 0-2 carb choices for men.
      • Nutrient Analysis Websites: Canadian Nutrient File (for download), Self Nutrition DataCalorie King 
  • Alcohol and Diabetes (Diabetes Canada)

 

Physical Activity

 

Diabetes in Pregnancy

 

Insulin Pump Therapy Handouts and Pump Reps

 

Additional Resources

 

Research Studies

If you are interested in being part of any diabetes research studies please visit the University of Calgary's Clinical Trials Unit website for opportunities: https://www.ucalgary.ca/diabetes-clinical-trials.

Study on Fibre and Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes: Can taking a prebiotic fiber supplement
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