Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease which impacts everything in life. About 1.25 million Americans are living with T1D but only a quarter of them are at goal with respect to glucose control. Lyfebulb believes people with T1D can learn from each others’ experiences with the tools they use to manage their condition. Through this campaign, we aim to highlight the conversation around ways to thrive with Type 1 Diabetes.

We want to hear your story about thriving with T1D.
What tools do you use to manage?

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Read real life stories from our community:

Jeremy, 28

I personally find the best way to keep my blood sugar under control aside from insulin and a low-carb diet is exercise. Cardio is a very helpful way to keep your blood sugar level, it really helps to pair that with CGM in my case the Medtronic 670G. I set my insulin pump to a target blood glucose of 150 (instead of the regular 120) about an hour before my workout, which limits my lows to almost non existent. The Medtronic 670G also has "auto mode" which will lower or raise my basal based on trends.

The only other regular daily factor that is important to me is stress, stress has a huge effect on my blood sugar. The more I can keep myself reasonably relaxed throughout the day the better my numbers, and I tend to be very non-chalant as a result.

Chris, 34
Oklahoma City

I have tried a couple different methods for helping manage my diabetes. For about 3 months I experimented with a vegan diet. While on this diet, I eliminated all dairy, processed foods, and maintained a diet in line with veganism. In doing so I noticed more consistency with rolling blood sugars. Meaning the spikes and drops weren't as severe as just eating whatever at any given time. I did notice I was eating more consistently and my insulin usage dropped as well. Unfortunately I did not maintain this as I was the only one in the household at the time.

Timmy, 32

I've been type 1 for 30 years. I'm 32. I eat vegetables as snack foods. Hungry? That whole head of raw red cabbage looks pretty tasty. Celery, plain...yum.
I never eat salad dressing and ride my bike 15 miles minimum every day. I've been counting carbs every day since I was 5 and replace carbs with better alternatives whenever possible. Sweet potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli are great substitutes for lots of starches like potatoes.

Anonymous, 19
San Francisco

I try to consume the least amount of carbohydrates as possible! The less carbs I eat, the less insulin I have to take!


I make sure I know everything there is to know about the disease and I pursue solutions actively - that keeps my brain busy. I exercise and eat healthy - try to avoid having to compensate for bad behavior by increasing my insulin dose - easier to just avoid pizza pasta ice cream etc. I connect w scientists and other thought leaders to be inspired that there will be a cure and I work hard every day to inspire others to reduce focus on myself!

Lauren, 26

To thrive with my T1D I continuously check in with my habits and mindset so I can feel empowered

Stefanie Hirsch, 23
New York

I tried different kinds of diets that would help me regulate my blood glucose, and after 9 months of becoming pescatarian I realized how it has made me thrive with T1D and keep my blood sugars much more stable.

Chris, 34
Oklahoma City

I have also been on Testosterone Replacement Therapy for 6 months now. This has helped me overall in numerous ways. My energy levels are up, my motivation stays more consistent, my depression is more manageable, and an overall feeling of wholeness mentally and physically has come along with it. An increase in muscle mass has also helped with self confidence.

Anonymous, 20
New York

I try to stay active everyday and exercise at least 4 times a week. Every time after I finish a meal and give myself my insulin doses, I go out for a 30 minute walk.


Have a plant-based, fiber-rich lifestyle, teach indoor cycling classes with regular exercise, and most importantly, minimize stress and prioritize sleep.


To thrive with my T1D, I use my continue glucose monitor, even though it is inconvenient to apply and I beep all day long.