Living with Type 1 Diabetes


In this section, you will find information about living with Type 1 Diabetes






We have some general information about Type I diabetes in this section, and some resources below, that may be useful, but you must always liaise with your diabetes team with any questions you have regarding information and management specific to your care. To download this booklet for ADULTS living with Type 1 diabetes , click on the image.


If you need further information or support, please call our helpline on 01 842 8118 (Monday-Friday, 9.00 pm-5.00 pm) or email [email protected].


For parents: If you are a parent and your child has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, please check out our ‘your child and diabetes’ page here.


Further information is available at

  • Newly Diagnosed

    If you have been recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes we know it can be a daunting and confusing time. This section will help you get started. 

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  • Managing Your Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes occurs when the beta cells of the pancreas gland stop producing the hormone insulin. As a result of this you now need to take insulin by injection or via a pump.

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  • Diabetes Technology

    Dr. Tony O’Sullivan, a GP living with Type 1  says “It’s a very personal challenge for the person with diabetes, as well as a technical challenge for the healthcare professional. I see the effort at controlling blood glucose as similar to walking down a long corridor in the dark, trying not to hit off the walls on either side; we need to turn the lights on”. Technology is changing diabetes management.

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  • Talking about Diabetes: Language Matters

    Diabetes is a complex condition affecting approx. 300,000 people in Ireland. No one causes their diabetes, yet people living with diabetes often encounter stigma, discrimination, and stereotypes. There is plenty... View Article

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  • Young Adult & Type 1 Diabetes

    As you grow up you become less dependent on your parents to help you manage your diabetes. In this section you will find tips on everything from starting college to alcohol that will help you manage your diabetes.

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  • Pregnancy

    This section is for anyone who is living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who is planning a pregnancy. For information on gestational diabetes please click here.  

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  • Complications

    The development of diabetes complications may depend on how long you’ve had diabetes and on your diabetes management over the years. Keeping your blood glucose under tight control helps to prevent or delay complications.

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  • Frequently asked questions

    Living with diabetes can affect many day to day aspects of your life and leave you with many questions. In this section we aim to answer as many of those questions as we can.

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  • Entitlements & Social Welfare Information

    This is a reasonable summary of entitlements for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and their carers.

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  • Driving and Type 1 Diabetes

    In this section you will find information and guidelines for driving with diabetes. 

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  • Stephen Clancy-determination to conquer

    Professional cyclist with Team Novo Nordisk, Stephen Clancy.

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  • Kevin Nolan – winning against the odds

    All-Ireland Winning Dublin player, Kevin Nolan.

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  • Leah’s Story

    When Leah was around five years old, she watched her grandmother, who had Type 1 diabetes, test her blood glucose levels by finger pricking. She told her grandmother she would... View Article

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  • Catherine T1 World Champion Kickboxer

    When a person is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, one of the fears they may have is that they will not be able to do the things they did before,... View Article

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