Share the support you received from your family, doctors, and friends to stand out.
I’m thankful for my family, friends, and diabetes team for supporting me no matter what I do in life.
You are currently working as a research analyst focusing on diabetes eHealth management. What according to you still remains to be done in this field. How do you go about contributing to your sports routine?
I recently finished working at UHN eHealth and transitioned to my new role as a first year dental student at Western Schulich school of medicine and dentistry. I think there’s a lot of gaps and burden in the diabetes field from a cure, affordability of necessities like insulin and glucose devices- especially continuous glucose monitors, access to adequate medical care, providers/research/patient/policy maker communication, and mental health support. My focus used to be on the “cure” and “access” via islet cell transplantation and telemedicine evaluations, but I’ve pursued dentistry because I want to explore the role of oral health and diabetes prevalence. I want to challenge the standard of care to better support diabetes health and prediction through the means of eHealth.
Regarding hockey, this year is the first year I’m not playing hockey. There’s several reasons, one being the pandemic as a person living with diabetes I can’t risk going on the ice with a group at this moment, and two I’m a full time student in a different city this year. These factors significantly changed my fitness routine as I’m adjusting to not being able to train for hockey.
Please share your daily diet pattern? Foods you keep on top of the list, and foods you avoid?
A frustrating aspect of living with diabetes is the fact not one diet or food regimen will work for everybody. For my body, which I also live with Celiac disease, which is a gluten free diet, I find low carbohydrate and high fiber meals works best for my glycemic management. Foods that I enjoy and help regulate my glucose levels is high protein and fiber foods like meat, nuts, cheese, fresh fruits and my guilty pleasure is popcorn. I try to avoid high glycemic foods because it does have on my glucose levels like candy and dried fruits. Please note as a person living with type 1 diabetes, you can actually eat anything and everything you just have to take adequate insulin for it.
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