Let’s make type 1 diabetes


When you’re managing Type 1 Diabetes well, life gets better. Whether you’ve had T1D in your life for 5 days or 50 years, I’m here to help you become more knowledgeable, capable, and in charge. Visit in person in Seattle or remotely from anywhere in Washington State.


About Karen Aitken

I’m a Nurse Practitoner (ARNP) and Type 1 diabetes specialist, and have been working with people with T1D in Washington for nearly 15 years. I also live with Type 1 myself, so I understand the unique challenges that come along with it. My goal is to help T1’s (and their families) become experts in their own health—with personalized diabetes care and education that’s collaborative, user-friendly, and respectful of individual experiences.

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Let’s talk Type 1

As a Family Nurse Practitioner I see patients of all ages and am trained to deliver science-based medical care for the “whole person.” That means I can help you navigate not just your medical health, but also the emotional, social, and logistical parts of T1D too.

You bring your diabetes challenges, and we’ll work together to help you feel more in control of your T1D. Here are some topics that we can work through together:


Adjusting to Newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes

becoming expert at CGM or Pump therapy

Managing blood sugars with exercise & sports

Preventing and managing hypoglycemia

maintaining a healthy weight while taking insulin

women’s health (puberty, menopause, sexual health)

planning for a safe pregnancy with t1

taking t1d to college

they said it was type 2, but it’s actually type 1/LADA

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The office is comfortable and doesn’t feel like big healthcare


How it works

I work with you as a consulting provider. I don’t replace your endocrinologist, but I bring additional resources and support to your care team. It’s a bit like having a personal trainer for your diabetes— an expert who has time to listen to your questions, help you set and meet goals, and give you totally personalized support.


How to visit

Book an individual session as needed or group several visits together into a package to work in depth on a bigger challenge over time.

You also have the option of both in-person and remote/telehealth visit options.


Individual visits

45-60 minutes

In a typical visit, we talk through all the details that make your Type 1 diabetes unique to you, and prioritize your questions and concerns.

We look at glucose patterns, and make changes to insulin management as needed.

We also map out do-able plans to solve your particular challenges in ways that will work for your real life

I take the time to understand your challenges and strengths, and keep things positive and proactive.


work through big changes

Managing T1D is a marathon, not a sprint, and a series of visits can help you thoroughly tackle big changes in a less stressful way.

Packages can help you with:

  • Adjusting to a brand-new diagnosis of Type 1

  • Transitioning to and finessing new technology like pumps, CGMs, and hybrid closed loops

  • Getting back on track after a tough period or event

  • Planning for college or living on your own

  • Achieving tight glucose control before trying to get pregnant


connect from anywhere in wa

Telehealth/video visits give you all the benefits of an in-person visit from the comfort of your laptop, tablet, or phone.

We take advantage of modern tools like secure video chat and cloud-based programs for uploading your meters and devices, so you can still get expert support for T1D even if you don’t live in—or want to drive through—Seattle.

Of the insurance plans I accept, Premera is currently the only one that covers this style of telemedicine, but you can use your Flex Spending Account (FSA) or Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) to pay for your visit. Contact me for more information about those visit prices.


October 2017

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