On the eve of World Diabetes Day this weekend, join this interesting panel discussion on the 'Past, Present and Future of Diabetes in India' with our community members living with various types of diabetes (type 1, type 1.5, type 2, type 3c) and spanning different life experiences across different periods in time. Read this article on the different types of diabetes & watch this video we did on the same topic with Dr V Mohan.
Our community leader Rohan, who lives with type 1 diabetes will moderate the panel discussion & will be joined by the other panelists- sports enthusiast Nishtha, who lives with type 1.5 diabetes or LADA, T1 veteran Rajiv, with 6 decades of experience, Prashant, who loves cycling and lives with secondary type 2 diabetes, the very artistic Sanskruti, who will share her thoughts as T1 youth and last but not the least, the ever-smiling Smita, who lives with type 3c diabetes.
Join our this panel and our weekend Sunday workshops as Facebook Live - free and open to all!
Stay tuned for upcoming physical events in your cities! Don't miss the chance to meet other friends with diabetes! Any questions? Ask away on our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India.
RSVP here for our upcoming Bengaluru coffee catch-up.
RSVP here for our upcoming low carb Potluck Picnic Pune.
We share all important information and updates on our social media handles, so ensure you join our Facebook community , follow us on Instagram , Twitter , YouTube and Facebook. Here's a quick low down on all that happened in October 2022 at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
We had 6 physical events in October 2022 - in Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur and 2 events in Mumbai.
Glimpses from our offline meets
Our special Games Bond in Delhi in October 2022! Stay tuned for details on the upcoming catch-up in November!
Our coffee catch-up in Bengaluru in October 2022! Join us for the upcoming one on Saturday, 12th November by RSVP'ing here.
Playing games, talking with dia-buddies and sipping on coffee at this cozy book cafe in Pune in October 2022! RSVP here to join an exciting event- the low carb Potluck Picnic Pune on Sunday 13th November!
Photos from the fun coffee catch-up in Mumbai in October 2022. Everyone's welcome!
Our diabetes fam participated in the IIT Bombay run on Sunday October 30th 2022 in Mumbai. Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation was the cause partner for this running event in the lush green IIT Bombay campus. Happy to report no major hypos or hypers for anyone but 2 friends had injuries on race day and have subsequently recovered strongly now.
New to running/exercising while living with diabetes? Read this article on 5 things to know before going out for a run. Read this article to learn the impact of different types of exercise on your blood sugars. Need a dose of motivation? Read this article to know the story of four type 1 diabetics who successfully completed the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker and made history! Questions? Don't hesitate, just ask on Diabetes Support Network - India
Blue Circle Workshops (online)
Blue Circle Workshops are online weekend workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! We started these workshops in lockdown in 2020 and have conducted over 125 workshops yet! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and follow our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube to know of upcoming workshops. Be a part of our awesome Facebook community too!
Diabetes Diets: FB Chat Thread
This was a different kind of workshop on Diabetes Support Network India where everyone joined in to share their way of eating with diabetes, if they eat a certain way or eat pretty much anything, etc. To go through the discussions on this Facebook group chat thread, click here.
Diabetes & Festivals Workshop (Hindi)
Rohan & Dr Anubhav, both T1s discuss managing your diabetes during the ongoing (and may we say, challenging) festive season (in Hindi).
Click the post below to view the workshop video on Facebook (you can also view on YouTube here) -
Catch-up + AMA: Workshop
Blue Circle community leaders & T1s Rohan & Snehal did an introduction to Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation for all our new members & a quick AMA for anything related to diabetes too! View their Facebook Live on Diabetes Support Network India by clicking here.
Carb Counting Workshop (Hindi)
Neeraj & Dr Anubhav, both T1s discussed everything about food & carb counting in Hindi. Click the post below to view the workshop video on Facebook (you can also view on YouTube here) -
19th Facebook Live of our series called Meethi Baatein to celebrate top contributors of our community on Facebook. Ashlesha was in conversation with Komal, mother to a teen who lives with type 1 diabetes, see the video here.
WE ARE 12,000 STRONG
We want to thank YOU for making our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India a supportive & helpful family. You have helped us keep this award-winning community clean, spam-free, kind and a safe space for people with all types of diabetes to share their experiences & questions. Big thank you to each one of you!
Use the red 'Invite' button on the top (just below our name, Diabetes Support Network India) & add people from your Facebook friend list who may benefit from a deep dive into all types of diabetes.
World Health Summit, Berlin
Nupur was part of the civil society constituency at the World Health Summit 2022 in Berlin, representing the voices of people living with non communicable diseases, such as all types of diabetes ✊🏻🇮🇳🇩🇪 Everyone deserves the right to health 💙
Film Screening- part 2
In association with The Human Trial & Beyond Type 1, Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation hosted a second virtual screening of the gripping new documentary called The Human Trial for all those who missed the first one. Director Lisa Hepner whose own type 1 diabetes fuels her search for a cure becomes our bridge to the world of scientists finding a cure for diabetes.
Letter for Schools
Whether newly diagnosed or not, it's an anxious time for parents of kids with type 1 diabetes. Please feel free to click this post on our Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network India which will take you to a downloadable and editable letter for schools. Edit it with your child's specific details and share a signed copies with the child's school principal, teachers, etc.
You are welcome to email us on email@example.com if you face any issues or you would like us to organise a diabetes awareness programme at your school or organisations.
Buddy Project Helpline
The Buddy Project Helpline started during Covid19 and continues to be a diabetes & mental health support system & helpline, free of cost and open to anyone with any type of diabetes & their caregivers.
The Buddy Project Helpline is our mobile app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health. Trained volunteers living with diabetes (type 1, type 2 & caregivers), speaking 7 different languages are here to listen to you without judgements. If you feel lost, depressed, anxious, panicky, suicidal or generally upset, please schedule a call with us. These are tough times but remember you are NOT alone, your community stands with you.
How to call the Buddy Project helpline
Open the Blue Circle Diabetes app > Buddy Project > Schedule tab > pick a buddy of your choice > Schedule a call (once you schedule you'll see it under the 'Meetings' tab > 10 minutes prior to the call, you'll receive an app notification/reminder > To join the call, open the app, go to Buddy Project & under the 'Meetings' tab, press the 'Join' button (video is off by default, can switch on as per preference)
Looking for a partner? Marriage & Diabetes
We understand that a lot of people with diabetes face tremendous difficulties in finding the right partner and getting married. We have received a lot of requests over the years to facilitate a platform to this end. Here's our small effort in that direction. If you'd like to find a partner, or are a parent who would like to introduce their child looking to get married, please introduce yourself on our private Facebook community, Diabetes Support Network - India.
Life with any type of diabetes is not easy. Here's a little diabetes humour to brighten up your day. Click the posts below & like, share & comment!
Blue Circle Store- Relaunched!
Check out the adorable diabetes merchandise from the Blue Circle Store and order them now!
Order the cool advocacy cap!
Check out this sturdy, minimalist tote bag that can carry veggies from the farmer's market, books, wallet & your diabetes supplies! Order now!
India's first app, made by diabetics & for diabetics. If you have found the app helpful & would like to help, consider making a small donation of Rs 99 per month: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/donate
Thank you to our wonderful community for helping us making the app better for you! We look forward to your generosity to help us rewrite the app ground up! Use the 'New Feature Idea' button on the app to tell us what features may make the app better.
Did you know you can save tax when you donate? NGO Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is registered under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. See our website & social media for our work & various projects in diabetes awareness and advocacy across India. Your support helps us support the diabetes community & help those who cannot help themselves.
Donate & avail tax relief as an individual or organization: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/donate
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