I was invited by Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like A Pancreas to try out a class from Type 1 University. Type 1 University offers online learning experiences from highly qualified certified diabetes educators for those with diabetes who use insulin. Even though I’m pretty knowledgeable about diabetes and health topics in general, I know there is ALWAYS more to learn. So needless to say I jumped at the chance. My latest woe is those 20 pounds I can’t seem to get rid of so I chose to take the weight loss for insulin users course.
The day of the class I was emailed the link to the class and the password. I was also emailed the slides for the presentation, mine to keep. Once in I realized Gary was giving the class live, which I wasn’t expecting. So you get a certified diabetes educator on audio and video, chatting you, and talking you through the class with slides. You can chat him questions during the class and get the sense you’re on a one-on-one visit with a CDE. It was pretty cool.
Gary Scheiner has type 1 diabetes so don’t worry about feeling preached to. It’s more about him sharing what he knows with you and doing so in an easy to understand manor, full of relatable examples, and often in a humorous way. If you get Karen Franey leading the class, she has a child with type 1 diabetes and is also a CDE, so again no worries about someone not “getting it”.
I had no problem paying attention to this hour long class and found it fun to sit at my desk in front of the computer, with my lunch while enjoying a multi-faceted learning experience.
About that…I got reminded about how weight loss works for people with type 1 diabetes. My suspicions about more insulin resulting in more fat were confirmed. What is great about this class is you get plenty of information and guidance on how to lower insulin needs safely and get to a place where weight loss is possible and simultaneous with proper blood sugar management. You also get important information on exercise and diabetes that I feel was really valuable to hear.
I’m excited about my refreshed efforts to lose weight as a type 1 diabetic and will be filling you all in next month on my progress.
Want to take a class? Go to Type 1 University and you will see a column in purple of all the courses available. You will notice that a prerecorded class is $19.95, which is a great deal and might certainly fit your style. For just $29.95 though you can have a live class and get access to the CDE for questions that pop up in the middle of the presentation and includes a printable copy of the slides for note-taking sent to you by email. All without leaving your home.
High quality, convenient diabetes education with a CDE who gets it? Priceless!
Disclosure: Yes, I took the class for free but I’m only writing about it because I loved it and wanted to tell you about it.