Most people are living their lives with diabetes out in the open these days. No more ducking into the bathroom to take a shot or check blood sugars. That's a great thing!
Social media has a lot to do with this revolution and Instagram is at the forefront of the movement. Thankfully, there are a bunch of people getting really creative about diabetes alongside the everyday situations we deal with.
We love getting lost in the visual imagery of diabetes and thought you might also enjoy some of the accounts that delight our eyeballs. Enjoy!
Bing Shin Chia is a fun person in Malaysia living with type 1 diabetes. She's got a great sense of humor and her pics are usually colorful and make you smile.
A post shared by Bing Shin Chia (@sugarsanity) on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:06pm PST
Bryanna blogs at ‘Hope, Love, Insulin’ and shares pictures of her daily life with type 1 diabetes.
I woke up at 6am and I was 191, so I gave a correction shot. I went back to bed, woke up at 9 and I was 96. ?That would be great if I wasn't dropping! Dex is saying 82 now.... hopefully it stays that way! ?? I hope everyone has a great Saturday! ☀️? #t1 #t1d #t1dlookslikeme #t1diabetes #coffee #bulletproofcoffee #dexcom #dexcomg5 #bloodsugar #insulin #insulindependent #insulinpump #diabetes #chronic #autoimmune #type1 #ketodiabetic #ketolifestyle #type1d #type1diabetes #type1strong #diabadass #typeone #typeonediabetes
A post shared by Bryanna (@hope_love_insulin) on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:10am PST
Diabetes Daily Grind
Ryan and Amber host a fun blog and podcast about the real-life grind of life with diabetes. Bonus points if you can find the episode where Amber burps on air...
A post shared by Diabetes Daily Grind (@diabetesgrind) on Feb 20, 2017 at 3:20pm PST
Diabetes sucks. But I'm grateful to be living in Australia, where the National Diabetes Services Scheme heavily subsidises the cost of our insulin, test strips and insulin pump consumables (for type 1 and gestational). Without the help of these subsidies, I would have to weigh up between paying the bills and looking after my health. Unfortunately, this is what many of my friends with diabetes in other countries face. We've been fighting for years to get #access4all and I think (hope) that we are slowly getting there. Beta Change is proud to promote the efforts of organisations such as @t1international and #SpareARose to get change happening!
A post shared by Ashley Ng (@ashiekitty) on Feb 10, 2017 at 3:04am PST
Cathy Van de Moortele
Cathy is a diabetes blogger in Belgium. The beautiful pictures of her meals look so good... I spent some time with her a few years ago and she's a real treat.
A post shared by Cathy Van de Moortele (@cathyvandemoortele) on Feb 22, 2017 at 2:19am PST
Beyond Type 1
Beyond Type 1 features great pictures with quotes and statements from others living with diabetes. You can submit yours too (learn more)!
Meet Anthony: By being as strong as my favorite superhero, Iron Man! I like to dress up and pretend I'm him all the time, and my mommy always tells me that I'm her superhero! My name is Anthony and this is how I live beyond!”
A post shared by Beyond Type 1 (@beyondtype1) on Jan 14, 2017 at 2:17pm PST
Team Novo Nordisk
The official Instagram account for Team Novo Nordisk. Did you know their pro cycling team is the only professional sports team in the whole world made up entirely of people with type 1 diabetes?
@joonashenttala led the chase at today's hilly #trofeolaigueglia. "Joonas went above himself today and showed good progress," said @teamnovonordisk Sport Director Lionel Marie, "and we can see where progress is possible with the rest of the program." #ChangingDiabetes (?: @tdwsport)
A post shared by teamnovonordisk (@teamnovonordisk) on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:33am PST
The ups and downs of everyday life with diabetes – in Legos. What more could you ask for?
A post shared by Brickabetes (@brickabetes) on Oct 28, 2016 at 1:11am PDT
Mein Diabetes Blog
Did you know our very own Ilka is a spectacular photographer? Yep.
Ein Beitrag geteilt von Ilka (@meindiabetesblogcom) am 4. Dez 2016 um 5:42 Uhr
And of course, we have to share our own Instagram account, right? You'll get everything from our guilty low BG secrets to office days and awesome company breakfasts. It's a fun way to take a peek behind the scenes at mySugr!
Working at mySugr means also having breakfast together on a regular basis. Carb counting included. ? #diabetes #carbcounting #mysugr #breakfast #diabetesapp #teammysugr #welovefood #diabetesmonster #makediabetessuckless
A post shared by mySugr (@mysugr) on May 26, 2016 at 2:22am PDT
By the way! If you want to find diabetes photos on Instagram, it works best to use hashtag combinations like #type1 diabetes, #t1d, #diabetesawareness, #insulinpump in the search.
Unfortunately, looking for #diabetes alone is often disappointing. The approximately 1.5 million results contain many photos of sweets, fatty food, and the sorts of things that feed right into the incorrect stereotypes we're all trying to set straight. Ugh.