Hello … Hallo … Bonjour … Hola … Salaam … Ciao! 


My name is Leah, the.insulin.type on Instagram. I’m 27 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 T1D. 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 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 (my A1C is now 5.2% and getting lower).

I’m also passionate about #insulin4all and advocate with @MNinsulin4all. 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.

I’m also super proud to say that I created the Happy Diabetic Challenge, which aims to spread POSITIVE awareness for people with diabetes. Thanks for reading!

Germany was my home for three years and I just recently moved back to my home state of Minnesota, brrrr! When I’m not thinking about what my blood sugar is doing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, playing and watching sports, and of course, travelling.

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)

Nixing Negativity for a NEW DOC by aTadDiabetic (author Tad Roberts)

Diabetes und deine Rechte on Blood Sugar Lounge IN GERMAN


  1. Hey! My name is Adaris and I’m from Puerto Rico (so I speak English and Spanish)…I was diagnosed with T1D about 3 weeks ago. I have 14 years old and my sister also haves the condition…she is 10 but was diagnosed at 8! I LOOVVEE your blog! Its so helpful and it gives me support and inspiration just by the fact that I know that Im not alone and there are a lot of people out there that is going throught this…So yeah! Its being amd honor to knkw that you are “educating” people wih this blog💓

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    1. I am so happy to hear that I could bring some positivity into your life. I’m sure it has been really nice for you to have a great supporter like your sister who also has T1.


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