Registered Dietitian

Stress causes hyperglycemia as shown on Freestyle Libre reader

Stress on blood sugars: side effects and strategies

Stress on blood sugars, it’s a disaster zone for T1D management. Believe me, I know this first hand! My stress levels started to skyrocket about two months ago. I had a lot of professional responsibilities weighing on me, as well as personal impacts that had my heart racing a little quicker, my mind fluttering like a butterfly, and my skin itching to get away from me. Most recently, we’ve added a most annoying eye twitch to the mix. And my blood sugars have skyrocketed too – elevating anywhere from 3-5 or more mmol/L higher than usual, resulting in Increased mealtime insulin dosing Increased basal rates Increased correction doses That’s because stress on blood sugars wreaks havoc. I remember when I was still in school, one particular exam where my blood sugars jumped about 6 mmol/L from usual right before the exam. They hovered in that above target range for the …

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Female cyclist drinks from her water bottle during T1D and sport

The science behind T1D in sport

Registered dietitian with T1D Katie Bartel dives into the science behind why sport with type-1 diabetes can be so challenging, and provides strategies for overcoming some of those challenges.

A female cyclist pedals up a steep hill with a vineyard next to her

Fondo update: struggles of cycling with T1D

Cycling with T1D presented me with quite a few challenges this past week. Even though I have a nutrition degree, have read extensive amounts of T1D research, and have over 30 years personal experience with type-1 diabetes, I still sometimes completely mess it all up. I am not perfect with my T1D. It’s not possible for anyone to be perfect with type-1 diabetes. And for me, “My Own Private Fondo” is a clear example of just how imperfect I can sometimes be. The fondo that was not meant to be Me and my T1D were supposed to ride the Okanagan Gran Fondo in Penticton, BC last week. I was supposed to join thousands of other cyclists as they rode up the hillsides of BC’s most prolific vineyards, and along the lakeshore of Lake Okanagan, home of the Ogopogo, traversing multiple sun-weathered communities. It was supposed to be 121 km of …

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Rob Barry and Laura Gee hold their Tandem insulin pumps

Podcast: Relationships with T1D

Relationships with type-1 diabetes can be challenging for many couples. But for Rob Barry and Laura Gee it’s actually considered a benefit. That’s because they both have type-1 diabetes. In this month’s episode of Diabetic to Dietetics Rob Barry and Laura Gee discuss what it’s like to have two people with T1D in a relationship. They also share their committed involvement with diabetes research and diabetes advocacy. For additional information, read the article below the podcast link. Benefits of two-person T1D relationship Many other relationships with type-1 diabetes usually feature one partner with the condition, not both. And that can be a challenge. It can be a challenge navigating the moods of blood sugar swings, or understanding the importance of nutrition, or even just having diabetes there all the time. The partner without type-1 diabetes cannot fully grasp this disease no matter how exposed they’ve been to it.   But a …

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T1D RD Katie Bartel stands on the docks of T1D camp at Evans Lake in Squamish, BC

T1D RD goes back to Diabetes Camp

I love camp – specifically diabetes camp. Two weekends ago, this T1D dietitian had the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in Connected in Motion’s Western Slipstream. Essentially, a diabetes camp for adults with type-1 diabetes. Friends, I am not new to diabetes camp. I went as a kid from the time I was 10 years old to 16 years old. And I loved it so much, that I became a camp counsellor for the same camp over spring break at 17 years old. And later, in my early 20s, I also became a camp counsellor for a non-diabetes camp in Monmouth, Maine three years running. But, it’s been a few years, and I’d forgotten the joys of camp. Connected in Motion connects A few months ago I was invited by Connected in Motion to be a speaker at their first live slipstream since Covid. Connected in Motion is a T1D …

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