People with diabetes may have a lot of obstacles to overcome.
Treatment plans and trying to maintain an active lifestyle are among them.
Fashion, however, may not immediately jump out as a major concern.
But for many people with diabetes, it is.
That’s where Type 1 Clothing comes in.
The brand is the brainchild of Natalie India Balmain, who has type 1 diabetes herself.
It’s a line committed to giving women with diabetes clothes they can feel good wearing while also allowing them easier access for injections and a better way to carry insulin pumps.
And it appears the need is there. The clothes are high fashion and clearly made for women on the go.
Diagnosis led to design
Balmain was first diagnosed in early 2007, three months before her 21st birthday.
She told Healthline that she had been ill for quite a while before her official diagnosis. She had dropped close to 86 pounds by the time she saw a doctor.
“I struggled with accepting my diagnosis for a while,” she explained. “There were a few years after where I just didn’t have the self-confidence to do much.”
It wasn’t until 2015, when she was better at managing the disease, that she began to think about some of the little annoyances that go along with diabetes.
For her, clothing was a big one.
“I like a nice jumpsuit,” Balmain said. “But if I wear one, I have to go to a toilet to pull it all the way down to access my stomach or thigh when I need an injection. I remember thinking that I wanted to just be able to sit at a restaurant and unzip a bit of fabric on my leg to inject. And that was the spark.”