Diabetes advocates to follow during quarantine

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In spite of the quarantine, diabetes advocates are staying connected to inform, entertain, and support… People living with diabetes and their families. Here are the top 10 Instagram accounts to follow during quarantine.

1 | Staying informed 

Early clinical data warned people living with diabetes that there was a high risk for complications for those that contract COVID-19. This information raised many questions. Although they are not more at risk of being infected with COVID-19, people living with Type 1 diabetes wondered what could happen if they contracted this virus given their personal situation and state of health.

To address the concerns of people with diabetes and their families, answer their questions and educate them during this unprecedented situation, Tim (@diabetictim) and Steffi (@pepmeup.diabetesblog) recorded a podcast (in English) on “Type 1 diabetes and coronavirus”.

Emily (@thebeautyintypeone) continues to share some personal advice (in english), related to managing Type 1 diabetes while in quarantine. In particular, she advises people living with diabetes to make sure (as much as possible) that they have all the diabetes supplies necessary during quarantine, and to store sufficient high glycemic snacks to treat hypos. More tips are available here…

2 | Entertaining  

Quarantine has profoundly changed our perception of time and our state of mind. Some people are working from home and/or are confined with their children and do not have any free time. Others are taking advantage of this time to take care of themselves and recharge, while a third groupis experiencing loneliness.

To entertain the community , Alexia (@jaiundiabete) shares games on her Instagram account every week that anyone can do (in french).

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Hello tout le monde ☀️ . Voici le "planning" de la 3ème semaine de ce jeu à la con mais finement 😁 . Ce jeu est là, pour vous faire penser à autre chose, vous faire sourire, vous donner des astuces et partager des good vibes ☀️ pendant ce confinement . Tout le monde peut participer 💙 . Chaque jour en story je partagerai le défi du jour. Répondez en story également et tagguez moi. Je partagerai également quelques une de vos stories ☀️ . Prenez soin de vous 💙 et restez chez vous 😉 . #jeualaconmaisfinement #covid_19 #confinement #restonscheznous #goodvibes #diabadass #diabete #dt1 #diabetetype1 #diabetiquetype1 #diabetes #picoftheday #t1d #diabuddies

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Aubépine (@aubepine_insta) takes quarantine as an opportunity to read books, watch series and participate in challenges widely shared on social media (in french). 

@1derfultype is sharing on twitter ideas of activities to do during lockdown (in english). Cooking, personalizing your diabetes management devices or making custom masks! 

Kamil aka @nerdabetic, is sharing his favorite jokes (in english) with the community. A way to laugh and have fun! 🤣

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What do you call a magic dog?A labracadabrador. Hope I got your attention?! I want to spread some positivity as we need it more than ever…. So I am sharing some of my favourite jokes. Let me know what you think and share some of your favourites in the comments! Let’s have a post full of jokes. 😂I said to the gym instructor: "Can you teach me to do the splits?"He said: "How flexible are you?"I said: "I can't make Tuesdays." 😂Birds had the first tablet that could connect to the cloud.😂 A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says: "Sorry, we don't serve food in here.😂 I’ve just written a song about tortillas; actually, it’s more of a rap.😂 Knock-Knock. Who’s there? Doris. Doris who? Doris locked thats why I’m knocking. 😂 A man tells his doctor, “Doc, help me. I’m addicted to Twitter!” The doctor replies, “Sorry, I don’t follow you …” #type1diabetes #t1dlookslikeme #diabetes #diabetestype1 #gbdoc #diabetestechnology #jdrf #jdrfuk #duk #diabetesuk #jokesfordays #jokesup #jokesonyou

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3 | Staying in touch 

“Social distancing” is an expression on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now. Fortunately, social media allow us to maintain a link with other people, while keeping our distance, so that physically isolated people do not feel alone. 

To break the loneliness, Lisa (@lisa.betes), founder of @blood_sugar_lounge has launched the #diabuddyreachout initiative. People living with diabetes can : 

  • Choose one or more of their “Diabuddies”,
  • Post a picture with them on Instagram to let them know they’re thinking of them, 
  • Explain how the health situation related to COVID-19 and containment impact their daily T1D life.
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#diabuddyreachout I’ve been home for over a week now and even though it was a tough decision and not at all what i had planned, I’m doing surprisingly okay! what helps is knowing that I’m not alone in this. were all going through this in our own way, but it feels great to be connected to so many wonderful people. I loved @type1backpacker‘s idea for the @blood_sugar_lounge: #diabuddyreachout! let’s make sure that we’re isolating, but not feel isolated. this is such a wonderful community and these are only some of the great people that I’ve met so far. please know the I appreciate each and every one of you – wether we’ve met in person, snapped a photo or not! 💙💙💙 so how are you all doing? I hope you’re well! we can and we will get through this – and it will be all the much better if we do it together! 🙌 #t1dlookslikeme #t1d #type1 #type1diabetes #typeone #typeonediabetes #diabetes #diabetestype1 #diabetestypeone #diabetesawareness #t1dblogger #diabetesblog #typeonestrong #beyondtype1 #t1dawareness

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4 | Sharing Positive Vibes 

This quarantine can be anxiety-inducing. Not being able to go out as usual, being away from loved ones, etc. leads to a drop in spirits, or even a temporary state of depression. 

So, to boost everyone’s mood, some diabetes ambassadors are sharing messages of support with the community. 

This is the case of Weronika (@typeone.bluesugarcube) who, by symbolically posting a rainbow (which usually appears after a storm), shares the hope of finding better days after this complex and trying health situation. 

Or Sarah (@thediabeticcactus) who reminds us that we are all facing this difficult stiutation, although each of us manages it differently. She even draws a parallel between the situation related to COVID-19 and Type 1 diabetes, saying: “It’s a bit like diabetes, we all live with the same disease, but we deal with it differently. 

In order to go through quarantine as smoothly as possible, it is essential that each person finds a routine that suits them and their needs. For this, Sophie (@thefaultypancreas) has some tips (in english) for an organized and balanced daily life.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and #stayconnected! 

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