Living with Type 1 Diabetes

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

To download this booklet, click on the image. This comprehensive booklet contains everything you need to know about Type 1 diabetes. If you have recently been diagnosed, we know it can be a daunting and confusing time. To get an insight as to how some others have dealt with the diagnosis of diabetes we recommend that you have a look at this booklet.

 

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.

 


  • 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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  • 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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  • Hypo Management

    Would you like to reduce your risk of hypos? Do you have diabetes? Are you being treated with insulin? Are you being treated with glucose lowering tablets called sulphonylureas?   (ask your pharmacist) Have you experienced any of the following symptoms during the day or night? Hypo symptoms Unsettled / feeling ‘off’ Hungry Sweating Dizzy... View Article

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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 “hate to have to do that”. However, at the age of 12, she too was diagnosed with the condition.   While many people with Type... 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, especially if they are involved with sport. However, World Champion kickboxer, Catherine has proven that diabetes does not have to hold you back.   Now... View Article

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