Magnolia bakery cupcakes – for the win!

Diabetogenic is a blog about real life with type 1 diabetes. I’m Renza Scibilia and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve lived with type 1 since 1998 and for the last twelve years I’ve used an insulin pump. I work for a diabetes organisation.

My life isn’t about diabetes – there is so very much more. I live with my husband of fifteen years and our beautiful nine year old daughter. We also live with our cat and three dogs. My husband and I are slightly concerned that there are more animals than humans in our family home, but we’re working through it.

I spend a lot of time thinking about food, even more time eating it and far too much time baking cupcakes and brownies. Coffee may be my first love, but I can’t really admit that (see previous paragraph for reference to husband and daughter). I blame the food and coffee thing on being Italian!

I’ve started this blog to put a voice to some of the ongoing issues of living with the life-long condition that is type 1 diabetes. I hope that anyone reading gets something out of it.


This blog does not provide medical information or advice. I write about my own experiences of living with diabetes but please don’t think that you should take on board what I’m doing and apply it to you. We’re all different and our diabetes varies. Significantly. Get thyself to an appropriately qualified healthcare professional to help yourself out with your own particular brand of diabetes.

Also, even though I may say otherwise, Nutella is not a food group. Neither is coffee.