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Author: Manisha Vadgama

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Diabetics share something that not that many people understand. This is the place where we can be united, share experiences and tips, and work together to build confidence. Hosted by Manisha, a type 1 diabetic for the last 15 years, nothing is off limits.Food, fitness, dating... the list goes on and Manisha is on a journey to share and learn. Jargon free, and away from the textbook, this podcast is about having honest chats with both other type 1's and non-diabetics.
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In this episode we talk to Grace Shushh, managing sugars is hard enough but doing it whilst performing on stage is next level. What an absolute inspiration!!! Also, after we had this chat I actually went to see Grace perform a solo show in London and WOW. They were incredible. What a singing voice! I really do recommend either seeing them in a solo show or at a drag brunch. And if you go up to them and say you’re type 1 I'm sure your libra or Dexcom are on displ...
Funny how types 1’s have a way of meeting and getting contacted. Katie is the brains behind the fantastic brand Hid-In. She single-handedly saw a design problem and created a brilliant solution to help fellow type 1 diabetics. Listen to how she navigated through the fashion industry whist coming to terms with her own type 1 diabetes diagnosis ... check Katie's amazing products here @hid_in
This seasons international guest, a motivated, creative and centred person with kindness at the core of his social media content. Looking at his our Type 1 management with a centred and black to ‘’Mother Earth’ approach. Check out his wisdom via @type1gitotheo
Let’s continue this season by talking to an outstanding and dedicated secondary school teacher. Hannah has learnt to navigate through the role and manage a hybrid loop system. I really hope this episodes inspired a generation of young types 1’s to be ambitious when it comes to their career.
I've always wondered, what would it be like to have a Type 1 boyfriend? It's already exhausting managing T1 diabetes as an individual, but I guess the biggest perk is they understand every thought, every feeling, and all the frustration.Emma and Mike got in touch with me to share their love story, and how type 1 diabetes brought them together. You won't believe where they met... clue, think the most unlikely place for a pair of diabetics to come together.
I'm back with a brand new season that I'm so excited to share with you!There are loads of empowering conversations about Type 1 diabetes with our amazing community coming up.Here's a sneak peak as to what's coming over the next few weeks...
It's summer time and schools are out.. gosh I’ve had a lot of time to reflect during my time off too. This time a year ago Diabetes Squad podcast didn't even exist, but the in-school programme had just finished another year. The podcast was not meant to be a thing, I never envisioned it. I remember speaking to the Head of School, wanting to launch the termly meetings for all nine Type 1 diabetes children in the school, and he said 'Yes go for it'.... and it kinda took off. This summer sp...
Oh my days what an absolute ray of sunshine Juliette is, in this episode we get talking about her creative process when designing and making stickers for her brand Type 1 Untangled. We discover that Type 1 diabetes are the most creative people as we have to make smart choices all the time.. 24/7. Fun fact, Juliette is a twin and her sister does not have Type 1, we talk about the highs and lows… also if you have few minutes check out her page via Instagram, and watch the video of her...
S2 EP5: Supermum/mom

S2 EP5: Supermum/mom

2023-06-2348:46

We’ve heard so much from other Type 1's but I wonder what’s the whole diagnosis thing is like for parents. Through the Diabetes Squad Instagram page I connected with Rachel, a mum from the USA. In fact I ordered a few stickers from her Etsy page and we got talking about how she started her business… as she's a mum of a Type 1 son, Liam. Join us and listen to the raw and honest account of her journey so far… maybe you're a Type 1 parent and feel like the only one at the school gates.Maybe...
These days representation is so important, seeing and meeting other Type 1's is my favourite hobby… Matt says I’m the number one Libre spotter when we are out and about. I can’t help it! But I do wonder what it's like for Type 1 children and teenagers, who might feel isolated wearing devices. Well I came across this brand called Type 1 style, they have created a range of soft toys that have devices attached to them on all the common places…. So Omnipod on tummy and Libre on ...
Fitness is word that was taboo for a longtime in my childhood. I simply hated PE! I found it really uncomfortable and self-conscious doing PE with my form group... the thought of group fitness classes was simply overwhelming. And now that people can see my devices and hear the occasional beep beep, even more so. But here I am talking to an inspiring human - Vanessa, a Type 1 fitness coach. It was so great to hear about what works for her when managing her sugars, a...
S2 EP2: Over The Pond

S2 EP2: Over The Pond

2023-05-1154:17

Ryan from Maryand, Virginia USA is our special guest for Episode 2 of Series 2. He’s our first international guest on the podcast, which is super exciting. Once I got my head around the time zone we found a Sunday afternoon (my time) to have a chat about all things Type 1. It’s been so enlightening hearing about his diagnosis and the health care over the pond. I really loved comparing devices and learning about the T Slim, which I really hope arrives in the UK / London soon, m...
This is the first episode of Season two and we are kicking off with a conversation with professional therapist Merisha. For me seeking the help and having talking therapy has been invaluable when dealing with all of life’s ups and downs - not to mention the management of my Type 1 diabetes. We talk about the stigma surrounding mental health and also mention how massively important it is to be kind to yourself. It's been so great to have a professional in this field on, to give us tips and a w...
By popular demand (no, actually just because I love doing it) the Diabetes Squad podcast is back with season 2!I have loads of super exciting and empowering conversations about Type 1 diabetes that I can't wait to share with you.Here’s a little cheeky insight as to what’s to come in our new season...Big thank you to everyone in this season:Rachel @DiabetesSticksCharlie @typeonestyleVanessa @diabetic_health_coach_Juliet @type1untangledRyan @type_one_ryan22Merisha Mistry
What a year for diabetes! At the end of 2022, and coincidentally the end of the first series of this podcast, I'm reflecting on all the things that have happened in the world of diabetes over the last 12 months.From representation on TV and in films, to new technology, to the NHS making more technology available to so many more people, this year has felt like a real turning point.But as well as the highs, there have been lows too (pun intended!). I reflect on the things that haven't gon...
S1 EP6: Breaking News

S1 EP6: Breaking News

2022-12-0222:25

It's certainly been an eventful few weeks in the world of diabetes. I’ll be sharing three top stories with you, from the new immunotherapy available in the states, to Twitter wars with Eli Lilly, and finally I debate whether I should think about a new type of glucose monitor - we're chatting Libre vs Dexcom.Joining me this week will be my diabetes nurse Latchmi…. she's the expert on this kind of stuff!
Gosh, dating and relationships… how long do we have?! I guess in a nutshell dating is tricky already, what with the influx of dating apps and countless wedding invites with plus one. For me being a Type 1 Diabetic and wearing devices has definitely had its challenging moments…. months and years. Join me in conversation with Lottie and Matt, both non-diabetic with fully functioning pancreases, as we delve into my past and present.
I've always referred to my T1 diabetes as an unseen illness, because I do sometimes think that people don’t understand my pain when I'm having a hypo, especially on the London Underground! I get quite self-conscious and I'm sure other commuters wonder why I’m inhaling fruit pastels.Today I’ll be speaking to Emily, a friend who also understands this pain, but not as a T1 diabetic. I've asked Emily to come on to talk about her crohn's disease diagnosis and how she manages it day to...
Fitness can feel like such a minefield when you have to manage your diabetes as well, so for the first of this two part special you get to join my boyfriend and I on the Cancer Research Shine Walk, which we did a few weeks ago.Thirteen miles of walking takes around five hours, and that's a long time to be keeping active for anyone. With sore feet, aching thighs, and some all round tiredness, checking my sugars regularly and having a constant supply of carbs ready was my tactic for at le...
Having a best friend that also has diabetes (aka a diabestie!) has been a huge help to me over the years. Whether you have people around you who are understanding and supportive or not, type 1 diabetes can feel really isolating, so just being able to have a conversation with someone who totally gets it is so valuable.When Julie and I met on a diabetes course (DAFNE) at Central Middlesex Hospital we instantly clicked, and she's been my diabestie ever since.I'm so happy that I'm able to ha...
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