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My name is Leah, the.insulin.type on Instagram. I’m 29 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 14, just before my 15th birthday. I’m the only one in my family and immediate friend circle to have T1D. I created my Instagram and blog in order to find deeper accountability, connect with others like me, and to spread awareness for diabetes. More details on why I blog about diabetes can be found here.
An A1C in the 7%+ range used to be normal for me – for nearly 11 years. I knew there had to be an easier way and I was SO frustrated! I was doing everything my doctor told me to do, but with the same poor results. In 2015, I saw another type 1 on Instagram posting about low carb and her blood sugars were fantastic! I tried my best to mimic her, and I’ve since immersed myself in learning about low carb. I have been following a low carb lifestyle ever since. During my pregnancy I continued to eat low carb and maintained an A1C between 4.5-4.9%. If someone would have told me a few years ago that achieving normal blood sugars was possible, I would have laughed in their face and probably gotten angry. But I am here to tell you ACHIEVING NORMAL BLOOD SUGARS IS POSSIBLE!
I’m also passionate about #insulin4all – I believe everyone with diabetes, no matter the type, deserves access to affordable insulin and diabetes supplies. Since moving back to Minnesota from Germany, where insulin is 7x cheaper, I am outraged at the state of the US healthcare system. Actually, I considered NOT moving back home because of the healthcare disaster and literally having to worry about access and affordability of insulin – which I need to live. Our stories matter.
I’m also super proud to say that I created the Happy Diabetic Challenge, which was originally started to create a positive outlook, raise awareness, and provide inclusion for the diabetes online community.
When I’m not thinking about what my blood sugar is doing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our baby girl, reading, playing and watching sports, and of course, traveling.
Thanks for reading!
Where I’ve been featured:
Six Diabetes Instagrammers to Know! on HeathLine
Inspiring Others with Type 1 DM – My Interview with Leah by Kelly Schmidt Wellness (author: Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN)
the.insulin.type on Low Carb Eating by The Travelling Mind (Elré)
How Logging Data Can Help Improve Your Diabetes Control on FTF Warrior
Diabetes und deine Rechte on Blood Sugar Lounge (GERMAN)