Episode 98: Self-Sabotaging Diabetes

June 29, 2021

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If you're self-sabotaging your diabetes care and management, even if it's not what we want to do long term, keep reading/listening. In this episode, Jessie and I talk about what self-sabotaging diabetes is, what causes it, and what to do about it. 


Remember that you are not alone on your T1D journey. If you need help, please reach out to us or a member of your care team, or someone from the DOC.

Self-sabotaging your diabetes care over the long term affects your long-term control. Please check in with yourself as you listen to these warning signs and reach out if you need help.

Wins & Fails

Colleen's Win: I gave my husband Tim the low carb chocolate squares I think were at least partially responsible for last week's fail (the two 1 AM site changes)

Jessie's Fail: Jessie got low on her CGM patches and had to 2-day order them from Amazon since the last one is on her arm.

Hack or Tip of the Week

Sometimes, it’s easier not to have “problem food” in the house than it is to resist it. With managing your mind, you can grow more when the problem food IS in the house, because it presents an opportunity to allow urges without reacting to them, but sometimes your energy is better spent on other things rather than constantly trying to do thought work around what you might call your triggers.

Are you self-sabotaging your diabetes care? Find out what it looks like, what causes it, and how to break the self-sabotaging cycle.

Diabetes Spotlight

A European study done on a vaccination for T1Ds between 12 and 24 years old, within 6 months of diagnosis, showed some insight on GAD antibodies related to T1D.

One possible strategy is based on altering the immune defence by injecting a protein that the cells of the immune system react to, in a form of vaccination. One of the proteins against which the immune system often forms antibodies in type 1 diabetes is known as GAD65 (glutamic acid decarboxylase). Professor Johnny Ludvigsson at Linköping University has studied for many years the possibility of vaccinating people who have newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes with GAD. It is hoped that the immune system will become more tolerant against the body's own GAD, and stop damaging the insulin-producing cells, such that the body can continue to form some insulin.

Although this study seems to be in the beginning stages of the trial, it is one step closer to finding a cure. 

Question for You!

Have you ever self-sabotaged your diabetes management?

Links & Resources


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Life & mindset coach, writer, host of podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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