Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing

KIT

FASHION FOR

DIABETES KIT

Nathalie Balmain's diagnosis eventually led her to design

adaptable clothing for people wearing diabetes kit.

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N

atalie Balmain was

diagnosed in January

2007 with Type

I diabetes, three

months before her

21st birthday. At that time she was in

her final year studying English language

and literature with an ambition to

become a dance teacher. However,

after her diagnosis, Balmain found that

she had hypos and that dancing made it

really hard to achieve a balance with her

diabetes care. These days she says, "I

was very skinny when I was diagnosed

and it took a while to go back to doing

any exercise. The weight did come back

on, but actually turned into fat, then it took

me a while to get fit again. Now I dance for

fun, but I had to give up on it as a career."

Balmain is now 32, having lived 11

years using multiple daily injections. At

the time of this interview Balmain had just

begun using an insulin pump including

using the relatively new insulin, Fiasp.

She says, "I'm getting used to it, but it's

certainly been a learning curve. I'd been

offered the chance to have an insulin

pump a few years ago, but I was terrified

of ripping the tubing out. I chose to go

on an Omnipod insulin pump, but even

then I was initially reluctant. However, I

started to use a Dexcom CGM sensor

last year, which helped me to get used

to wearing technology and having

something permanently on my body. I

was recommended to use a Dexcom

sensor as I had poor hypo awareness.

It was incredible, helping me to gain and

keep better control of my diabetes and

- as a result - not fear having hypos so

much, and I actually did not have as many

hypos. Now I have both the pump and

sensor on me all the time and I feel fine

and am confident that my control is the

best it can be."

Diabetes fashion

Balmain studied fashion up to A-level, and

has recently introducing clothing suitable

for accommodating people wearing

diabetes technology. "I was passionate

about fashion as a subject," she says,

"But did not see it as a career path. I

did a little bit of modelling and styling on

weekends, so I felt that I knew the scene

a little bit. Then I had a flash of inspiration

to bring my knowledge and experience of

designing clothing to other people with

diabetes.

"My friends all know about my

diabetes and don't care about what

I do to look after it - blood tests and

insulin shots, but I sometimes feel that

it's different in public, it's more of a big

deal and I'm more self-conscious about

it. I felt it was a shame that not only

did you have to deal with having the

diabetes, but you could also be unable

Nathalie Balmain

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  2. Diabetes UK Helpline
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Dexcom buys Type Zero, JDRF UK, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
  5. Diabetes news, Now Pharmacy, Now Patient, Now Healthcare, Lee Dentith
  6. Diabetes news, Novo Nordisk buys Ziylo
  7. Medtronic Guardian Connect, Medtronic Enlite CGM
  8. diabetes food news, montezuma chocolate
  9. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  10. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  11. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  12. MODY diabetes, Dr Andrew Hattersley, Professor Mark Strachan
  13. JDRF UK One Walk
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  17. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  18. Diabetes kit, Natalie Balmain diabetes, Type 1 clothing
  19. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  20. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  21. Medtrum Touchcare diabetes technology
  22. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  23. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  24. diabetes and coeliac disease, diabetes and gluten intolerance
  25. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  26. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  27. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  28. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  29. OurPath programme, Roche Diabetes Care
  30. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  31. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  32. Diabetes kit, Diabetic Supply, Omnipod insulin pump from Insulet
  33. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
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  38. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
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