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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)
How Logging Data Can Help Improve Your Diabetes Control on FTF Warrior
Diabetes und deine Rechte on Blood Sugar Lounge IN GERMAN