Type 1 and uni life
University years are some of the best.
Going to university for the first time is a huge change, and often means new friends, new living arrangements, new routines and new independence.
There are a few things to think about so you can manage your diabetes and get the most out of uni life.
Tips for living with new people
“Moving into shared housing can be daunting, exciting and nerve-wrecking. Here are my tips:
- Tell your new housemates about your diabetes – you might need their help at some point so it’s best to be open and honest.
- A simple myth-buster can help educate and avoid any insensitive comments early on.
- Tell your housemates where you keep your emergency hypo treatment or glucagon.
- Give them a brief description of how high and low blood sugars affect your behaviour and mood.
- Make sure everyone understands that you need a bit of extra space in the fridge for insulin.
- Give them a brief demonstration of any robotic bits such as insulin pumps, pens, CGMs, flash – anything that might make strange noises!
- Have the alcohol talk – it might save you.
- Talk about the psychological side of diabetes, and how it can make you fatigued / irritable / tired / all of the above.
- Encourage healthier household activities or evenings out like playing tennis or bowling rather than always eating takeaway or going to the pub.
- Just have fun! Living with other people teaches you a lot about yourself (diabetes or not).
These are all things that I’ve done or wish I’d done in the past while living with other people. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll find great housemates who'll sleep on your bedroom floor after a night out just in case you have a bad hypo!"
Charlotte was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 25 years ago, at the age of 3.