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Education & guides


From first diagnosis, through to growing up with the condition, JDRF provides support and guidance for people with T1D at every step along the way.

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.

Testing Times: A wellbeing guide for teens living with type 1 diabetes

Your free, downloadable 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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Straight to the Point: A guide for adults living with type 1 diabetes

A resource full of tips and resources to help you live a safer, easier and happier life with T1D as an adult. This guide addresses some of the most commons questions and concerns of living with T1D as an adult.

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Teen Toolkit: A guide for parents of teens living with type 1 diabetes

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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Exercise for people with T1D

There is no doubt that exercise is good for you. 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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Our T1Directory is where we share all of the details of our Little Blue Book. It’s the names of people, organisations and places that make life with type 1 diabetes a little easier.

Read the T1Directory

Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes

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.

Download the app

The high school years and type 1 diabetes

A comprehensive plan for how to deal with T1D at school is a must-have. Read an extract from JDRF’s Teen Toolkit, with useful strategies for parents on coping with those high school years.

Read the guide

Dealing with the social burden of T1D in the teenage years

Adolescence comes with its own set of challenges for any parent, but what’s it like if your teenager also has type 1 diabetes? Read advice from psychologist Dr Adriana Ventura.

Read the teenage years guide

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

Here, 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.

Read about CDEs

Coping strategies for diabetes burnout

Studies have shown that many people living with diabetes experience diabetes burnout at some stage. Read some coping strategies and other resources to help you deal with diabetes burnout.

Read about diabetes burnout

Driving and T1D: Things to keep in mind

First things first: yes, you absolutely can get a driver’s licence if you have T1D. But keep in mind there are rules in place, and they need to be adhered to. Find out how to stay safe on the road.

Learn about driving with T1D

The discovery of insulin: A brief history

2021 marked 100 years since the discovery of insulin, but how did we get there? Travel back in time and find out more about life before insulin and the people who helped discover it.

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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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5 things you might not know about clinical trials

Clinical trials are essential: without them, there would be no new treatments for T1D complications, improved technology, or prevention breakthroughs. Here are a few things you may not know.

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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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