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Information on research, events, activities, and news from the T1D community across Canada. 

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Dear type 1, It's been a big adjustment.

Type 1 diabetes became a part of Danny Miller’s family’s life just 18 months ago when his son, Cody, was diagnosed.

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Investigating the causes of beta cell dysfunction in type 1 diabetes

Investigating the causes of beta cell dysfunction in type 1 diabetes

Beta cells normally produce insulin, a chemical messenger that helps move sugar from food sources into cells throughout the body, which use it for fuel to stay alive. ​


Meet the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF!

Meet the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF!

We’re very excited to announce the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF! Through the generous support of Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, the Program is awarding $5,000 dollars each for a total of $105,000 to help students living with type 1 d...


Addressing recent news of potential American insulin importation

Addressing recent news of potential American insulin importation

Insulin has been the subject of many news stories recently as the high cost of insulin and other drugs has led to two US federal initiatives aimed at allowing the bulk importation of lower cost Canadian drugs. 


JDRF pushes BC government to cover latest insulin pumps under BC Pharmacare

JDRF pushes BC government to cover latest insulin pumps under BC Pharmacare

JDRF has written to the BC government asking that all BC residents living with type 1 diabetes have affordable access to the Medtronic MiniMed 670G and the Tandem t:slim X2  by adding them to the province’s list of approved Tier 2 devices under the province’s insulin program. 


Making advocacy personal

Making advocacy personal

Type 1 diabetes advocate, Samir Dattani, wants to make one thing clear; advocacy isn’t just about talking to members of Parliament. It can come in any form, so long as personal stories are being shared.


How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

How one tech professional is spending his 50th dia-versary riding 200 miles to raise funds for T1D research

This year marks Miguel Alvarez’s 50th year living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). To recognize his monumental dia-versary, his sights are set on conquering two century-ride (100 mile) cycling challenges hosted by JDRF. The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF iRides are destination rides in c...


The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

The necessary evolution of how we fund a cure

“Our Ride first started with 8 stationary bikes and 20 people.” Peter Oliver, one of the founders of the Oliver and Bonacini Restaurant Family and a passionate leader in the type 1 diabetes community, was there at the beginning.


Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Ask a Diabetes Nurse: Hannah Breadon

Throughout my career as a Diabetes Nurse Educator I have been asked all kinds of questions from people living with type 1 diabetes and their families. I’ve taken this opportunity to answer the most common questions about type 1 diabetes management. Here are just a few of the ones I hear most f...


The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

The sky is the limit for MMA star and diabetes researcher living with T1D

Each time Dessi Zaharieva shares her story about life with type 1 diabetes (T1D) she not only leaves her audience inspired, but in awe. That is because the engaging 30-year-old with an indomitable spirit never let her condition impede her dreams of becoming a consummate academic in the field of diab...


Hypoglycemia Prevention: Testing a disposable patch that facilitates insulin therapy

Hypoglycemia Prevention: Testing a disposable patch that facilitates insulin therapy

One of the greatest fears among many people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is insulin therapy-associated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). 


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