The October Odyssey
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Here's a quick low down on all that happened in the month of October 2020 at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation.
Blue Circle Workshops
Blue Circle Workshops are online workshops that are free and open for all, even non diabetics! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and stay tuned to our social media to know of upcoming workshops.
Children and Diabetes Workshop
Rohan and Snehal were in conversation with paediatric endocrinologist Dr Ganesh Jevalikar. Click the post below to read the highlights thread from the workshop.
Bollywood Dance Workshop
This power-packed session was led by professional Zumba instructor, Kinnari. See the videos here.
Snehal and Nupur hosted this workshop on what is hyperglycemia (high sugars), how to avoid it and what to do when it happens. Click the post below to read the thread of highlights from our workshop.
Birth Control Workshop
Birth control is a taboo topic in India. As part of Project Gaia, our initiative to empower women with diabetes, Snehal and Nupur discussed contraceptive options with Dr Ashwini Nabar, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. Women need to know the choices available to avoid unplanned pregnancies that can adversely affect their health & diabetes management. Click on the post below to read the main takeaways.
DiaBol - Diabetes Dialogues
In Ep: 6 of our YouTube interview series, DiaBol - Diabetes Dialogues, Snehal and Nupur are in conversation with Dr. V Mohan, Chairman at Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre & President & Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. Feel free to share this interview with maximum people to know more about the various types of diabetes & to hear a very interesting history and anecdotes. Do like & share the video if you find it helpful & subscribe to our channel for more such content.
The Sugar Diaries
In Ep:9 of our YouTube interview series, 'The Sugar Diaries', Rohan & Nupur interview American board certified endocrinologist Dr Roshani Sanghani about why low carb is a great way of eating for people with all types of diabetes. Watch them bust common myths, talk about the health benefits & how it can be an accessible & sustainable option even in India, which is the diabetes capital of the world. From bringing you content in regional languages to creating episodes that open a window to the world, we want you to stay updated always. Like, share and subscribe to our YouTube channel 'Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation' and share your messages in the comments section.
In the News
Madhumitra Magazine (Marathi) covered the stories of Nupur, Neha, Chinmay, Sonu and Raj, all of whom live with type 1 diabetes. Read the story of adventure & grit, four T1s who walked a 100km & made history. Click the post below to see the photos from the magazine.
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📣IN THE NEWS! Madhumitra Magazine (Marathi) covered the stories of @nupurlalvani @nehabhate @chinmay_tea1 @sonu.k.patel and @raj.jagdale all of whom live with type 1 diabetes. Read it & share your thoughts with us in the comments 💙 🏃🏻♀️Read the story of adventure & grit, four T1s who walked a 100km & made history: https://blog.bluecircle.foundation/going-the-distance-walking-100km-as-t1-diabetics/ . . #Diabetes #Type1diabetes #type2diabetes #DiabeticsDoingThings #MadhumitraMagazine #Marathi #Maharashtra #Pune #Mumbai #T1D #T2 #BlueCircleDiabetesFoundation #NoLimits #JustDoIt #CGM #insulin #technology #t1dlookslikeme #Diabetesawareness
Did you know these facts about PCOS & diabetes? Read on & share this article by Nupur for Youth Ki Awaaz, which is a popular platform for social justice issues! Also please share your experiences and thoughts through this survey (any age, gender, medical history or location is fine) which will help us approach the government with data & demand the inclusion of a PCOS & diabetes module in the Menstrual Health programmes in educational institutions in the country. Fill & share the survey and let’s make a difference together: http://pcos.bluecircle.foundation
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Read the full article (link in bio) - https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2020/10/5-things-you-should-know-about-pcos-diabetes/ Did you know these facts about PCOS & diabetes? Read on & share this article by @nupurlalvani for @youthkiawaaz! Also don't forget to fill our survey in the article: http://pcos.bluecircle.foundation . . #Diabetes #PCOS #T1D #T2 #type2diabetes #type1diabetes #insulinresistance #PCOD #endocrinology #lifestyle #cyst #WomensHealth #PeriodProblems #periods #MenstruationMatters #Menstruation #MenstruationEducation #Pregnancy #infertility #PCOSAwareness #chronicillness #metabolicsyndrome #fitness #lowcarb
Nupur wrote for the award winning intersectional feminist platform, Feminism in India on what it's like living as a woman with (type 1) diabetes in India. You can read the article here. Click the post below to see snippets from the article.
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#Repost @nupurlalvani • • • • • • My thoughts in @feminisminindia on living as a woman with (type 1) diabetes in India. Beyond the physical yet often invisible disorder, there's a whole lot going on in the background - stigma, body image issues, not enough importance to women's health, life threatening eating disorders, the impact on mental health of women, the huge drain on finances and of course plummeting marriage prospects. This is why we do what we do at @bluecirclediabetesfoundation Read (link in bio): https://feminisminindia.com/2020/10/28/navigating-life-as-a-indian-woman-with-an-invisible-illness/ . . #Diabetes #WomensHealth #BlueCircleBuddyProject #DiabetesHelpline #Women #Diabulimia #EatingDisorders #T1D #T2 #MentalHealth #BlueCircleDiabetesFoundation #stigma #ProjectGaia #feminism #IntersectionalFeminism
Regional language videos
Ruchika shows us how to apply the Libre and integrate it with the Blue Circle Diabetes app and Glimp, in Punjabi.
Sajan explains to us the features of the Blue Circle Diabetes app, in Hindi.
Bharat shows us how to use an insulin pen, in Sindhi.
October campaign : #DiabetesAndDevices
We run fun monthly campaigns on our social media platforms. We pick a topic each month & invite you all to send in your entries through the Blue Circle Diabetes app, to be able to get featured on our social platforms. Here's Snehal, launching the October campaign.
Stay tuned for our very special photo campaign in November, which is also Diabetes Awareness Month.
Sweet little Naserafatema shows off her glucometer.
Aayesha & her pet cat, Pompom show off all their diabetes devices while they bask in the sun.
Sajan shows us his diabetes devices.
Our champion Kashvi shows us her diabetes devices in this video.
Vikram shows us his diabetes devices.
You are not alone
The Buddy Project is our mobile app based psychosocial helpline for diabetes and mental health. 12 trained volunteers (type 1, type 2 & caregivers), speaking 9 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)
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BUDDY PROJECT HELPLINE 🔵10th October is World Mental Health Day. This is a reminder for people like us, people living with chronic medical conditions that balancing physical & mental well-being is prime. 🔵An elderly person with type 2 diabetes called the Buddy Project helpline. They felt restricted & felt they couldn't enjoy life, eat what they wanted & that resulted in skirmishes with the family. Peer support plays an important role in such cases. 🔵Remember, your trained diabuddies are here to hear! Swipe right to see an image of how to schedule a call through our app based 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 mins 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, you can switch on as per preference). 🔵Know more about the Buddy Project helpline: https://www.bluecircle.foundation/buddies . . #MentalHealthMatters #Mentalhealth #diabetes #T1D #T2 #LADA #MODY #BlueCircleDiabetesApp #BlueCircleDiabetesFoundation #BlueCircleBuddyProject #worldmentalhealthday #Depression #Anxiety #stress #nojudgement #PeerSupport #Android #iOS
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