Living with Diabetes

10 must-follow diabetes accounts on Instagram from around the world

2/25/2017 by Scott Johnson

Most people are living their lives with diabetes out in the open these days. No more ducking into the bathroom to take a shot or check blood sugars. That's a great thing!

Social media has a lot to do with this revolution and Instagram is at the forefront of the movement. Thankfully, there are a bunch of people getting really creative about diabetes alongside the everyday situations we deal with.

We love getting lost in the visual imagery of diabetes and thought you might also enjoy some of the accounts that delight our eyeballs. Enjoy!

Sugarsanity

Bing Shin Chia is a fun person in Malaysia living with type 1 diabetes. She's got a great sense of humor and her pics are usually colorful and make you smile.

昨天没有喝酒,血糖确实容易控制好多。 Not too bad for a 24hours control on a CNY day 3, yesterday ?? #diabetes #cny2017 #t1d#sugarsanity

A post shared by Bing Shin Chia (@sugarsanity) on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:06pm PST

Bryanna

Bryanna blogs at ‘Hope, Love, Insulin’ and shares pictures of her daily life with type 1 diabetes.

I woke up at 6am and I was 191, so I gave a correction shot. I went back to bed, woke up at 9 and I was 96. ?That would be great if I wasn't dropping! Dex is saying 82 now.... hopefully it stays that way! ?? I hope everyone has a great Saturday! ☀️? #t1 #t1d #t1dlookslikeme #t1diabetes #coffee #bulletproofcoffee #dexcom #dexcomg5 #bloodsugar #insulin #insulindependent #insulinpump #diabetes #chronic #autoimmune #type1 #ketodiabetic #ketolifestyle #type1d #type1diabetes #type1strong #diabadass #typeone #typeonediabetes

A post shared by Bryanna (@hope_love_insulin) on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:10am PST

Diabetes Daily Grind

Ryan and Amber host a fun blog and podcast about the real-life grind of life with diabetes. Bonus points if you can find the episode where Amber burps on air...

With a few more renovations, it's rentable on Airbnb. #diabeteshomes #DOC #bgnow #diabetesoutdoors

A post shared by Diabetes Daily Grind (@diabetesgrind) on Feb 20, 2017 at 3:20pm PST

Ashley Ng

Ashley is a diabetes blogger and dietitian in Australia who's working on her PhD and doing a lot of cool stuff. She's written a post on our blog that you might also enjoy.

Diabetes sucks. But I'm grateful to be living in Australia, where the National Diabetes Services Scheme heavily subsidises the cost of our insulin, test strips and insulin pump consumables (for type 1 and gestational). Without the help of these subsidies, I would have to weigh up between paying the bills and looking after my health. Unfortunately, this is what many of my friends with diabetes in other countries face. We've been fighting for years to get #access4all and I think (hope) that we are slowly getting there. Beta Change is proud to promote the efforts of organisations such as @t1international and #SpareARose to get change happening!

A post shared by Ashley Ng (@ashiekitty) on Feb 10, 2017 at 3:04am PST

Cathy Van de Moortele

Cathy is a diabetes blogger in Belgium. The beautiful pictures of her meals look so good...  I spent some time with her a few years ago and she's a real treat.

Mushroom and bacon spaghetti bake #lunch#spaghetti#mushrooms#bacon#homecooking#masoncash#marinarasauce

A post shared by Cathy Van de Moortele (@cathyvandemoortele) on Feb 22, 2017 at 2:19am PST

Beyond Type 1

Beyond Type 1 features great pictures with quotes and statements from others living with diabetes. You can submit yours too (learn more)!

Meet Anthony: By being as strong as my favorite superhero, Iron Man! I like to dress up and pretend I'm him all the time, and my mommy always tells me that I'm her superhero! My name is Anthony and this is how I live beyond!”

A post shared by Beyond Type 1 (@beyondtype1) on Jan 14, 2017 at 2:17pm PST

Team Novo Nordisk

The official Instagram account for Team Novo Nordisk. Did you know their pro cycling team is the only professional sports team in the whole world made up entirely of people with type 1 diabetes?

@joonashenttala led the chase at today's hilly #trofeolaigueglia. "Joonas went above himself today and showed good progress," said @teamnovonordisk Sport Director Lionel Marie, "and we can see where progress is possible with the rest of the program." #ChangingDiabetes (?: @tdwsport)

A post shared by teamnovonordisk (@teamnovonordisk) on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:33am PST

Brickabetes

The ups and downs of everyday life with diabetes – in Legos. What more could you ask for?

Diabetes can give you a sense of information overload sometimes #lego #diabetes #brickabetes #T1D #doc #ourd #DiabetesIs

A post shared by Brickabetes (@brickabetes) on Oct 28, 2016 at 1:11am PDT

Mein Diabetes Blog

Did you know our very own Ilka is a spectacular photographer? Yep.

Happy second Sunday of advent sweet peeps. #diabetes #type1diabetic #insulin #christmas #gingerbread #t1diabetes #carbs #meindiabetesblog #dailydose #mylifediabetes

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Ilka (@meindiabetesblogcom) am 4. Dez 2016 um 5:42 Uhr

mySugr

And of course, we have to share our own Instagram account, right? You'll get everything from our guilty low BG secrets to office days and awesome company breakfasts. It's a fun way to take a peek behind the scenes at mySugr!

Working at mySugr means also having breakfast together on a regular basis. Carb counting included. ? #diabetes #carbcounting #mysugr #breakfast #diabetesapp #teammysugr #welovefood #diabetesmonster #makediabetessuckless

A post shared by mySugr (@mysugr) on May 26, 2016 at 2:22am PDT

By the way! If you want to find diabetes photos on Instagram, it works best to use hashtag combinations like #type1 diabetes, #t1d, #diabetesawareness, #insulinpump in the search.

Unfortunately, looking for #diabetes alone is often disappointing. The approximately 1.5 million results contain many photos of sweets, fatty food, and the sorts of things that feed right into the incorrect stereotypes we're all trying to set straight. Ugh.

Scott Johnson

Almost famous for his addiction to Diet Coke, Scott has lived well with diabetes for almost forty years and is currently the Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr. He's an active pioneer in the diabetes social media space and along with his work at mySugr, he manages his award-winning blog, scottsdiabetes.com when time allows.