Type 1 diabetes guides & education

Find free books and resources to help you at every age and stage of life with T1D.

Type 1 diabetes

JDRF provides support and guidance for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at every step of their journey.

We’ve developed a variety of programs and resources, regardless of what age or stage you’re up to. Check them out and download your free resources below.

Straight to the Point: A guide for adults living with T1D

This book is full of tips to help you live a safer, easier and happier life with T1D as an adult. Updated with new sections added in 2024, it answers commons questions and concerns about living with T1D as an adult.

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Type 1 diabetes: a guide for friends and loved ones

Type 1 diabetes: a guide for friends and loved ones

Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? Download our new guide to learn the basics of T1D, including how it’s managed, what people with T1D want you to know, and how you can help.

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If You’re Okay, They’re Okay: A guide for parents & carers

Our new free resource has been written especially for parents and carers of children and teens living with T1D. It offers valuable advice to help the whole family cope with life after a T1D diagnosis. 

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Testing Times: A guide for teens living with T1D

This is the free must-have guide for teens and young adults living with type 1 diabetes. Get practical advice and tips on studying, managing stress, exercise, food and transitioning into adulthood while managing T1D.

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Teen Toolkit: A guide for parents of teens

Navigating the teenage years with T1D can be difficult. This guide is specifically for parents to help them with strategies to make their teenager’s journey a much more manageable experience.

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KIDSAC: The pack for newly diagnosed kids and teens

JDRF’s KIDSAC pack aims to help support families in the difficult period following a T1D diagnosis. The free pack offers practical information, helpful products, and comfort to the child.

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Videos: exercise advice for people living with T1D

There is no doubt that exercise is good for you, but being more active may affect your blood glucose levels. To manage activity you need to understand a bit about how to move your body safely.

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Podcast: The T1D Tune In

JDRF’s podcast, hosted by journalist Andrew Geoghegan, shares inspirational and interesting stories of adults living with type 1 diabetes. Listen to seasons 1 and 2 for free now.

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Our T1Directory is where we share all of the names of people, organisations and websites that make life with T1D a little easier.

Read the T1Directory

Rufus and his app

Learn about life with type 1 diabetes with Rufus. His app, available for Apple and Android, opens up a fun new world of education and play for your child with T1D.

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How to access mental health services with type 1 diabetes

Our official guide to accessing mental health services for people living with T1D. This resource was created in consultation with clinical psychologist Dr Rosalyn Taylor.

Read the mental health guide

Snacking 101: An explainer for people living with T1D

The experts give us the low-down on all things snacking. The post includes tips & tricks for snacking from Dr Carmel Smart and Emma Fisher, paediatric diabetes dietitians at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Read the snacking 101 guide

All about credentialled diabetes educators (CDE)

You might have already heard of, or seen a CDE, but you may not be aware of just how much in-depth specialist knowledge and skills they possess. Learn more about CDEs & how they can support you in this blog post.

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Turning an idea into a T1D breakthrough

Getting a new T1D treatment or device to market can take around 12 to 15 years. Learn how a research idea can become a breakthrough for someone with T1D.

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How does a clinical trial work?

Before any new drug, device, or test can be made available to the public, researchers need to gather evidence that it is safe and effective for people to use in a clinical trial. Read this blog post to find out the steps involved in carrying out a clinical trial.

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Sports resources from the Rio Tinto Children’s Diabetes Centre

People living with T1D can participate in all forms of physical activity, but it can sometimes be a little more challenging. These resources have been co-designed with youth living with T1D, parents and coaches to educate coaches so they can better support youth with T1D during physical activity.

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Are you looking for a resource or info you didn’t find on this page? Do you want us to develop a guide for a particular topic related to T1D? Get in touch and let us know!

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