Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Longer Lives For Type 1 Diabetics

At the present time, people who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in early childhood, have a life expectancy comparable to that of non diabetics. The wonderful improvements in diabetes management, and the devices that are now available have made this possible. Here is a link relating to this topic:

There are many diabetics diagnosed more than 50 years ago who have lived long lives free from any serious diabetes related complications. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and I am very healthy. After 66 years with type 1 diabetes I have no diabetes complications except some minor nerve damage.

I attended a meeting of type 1 diabetics in Boston, in June 2011, at the Joslin Diabetes Center. There were more than 100 of us there, and all of us had lived with type 1 diabetes for at least 50 years. There are several thousand type 1 diabetics who have received Joslin medals for having lived with their diabetes for at least 50 years. Almost 700 of them have participated in the Joslin Medalist Study. The purpose of the study is to determine what factors have enabled them to live so long without diabetes complications. If the study is successful, then a treatment might be discovered that will enable recently diagnosed type 1 diabetics to live long lives without serious complications.


  1. My mom participated in that study and is a 50-year medalist recipient. It's very inspirational to see the stories you're telling. As someone who's at the 28-year mark myself with Type 1, it helps inspire and motivate me during tough times that, indeed, "you can do this." Thanks for sharing your stories.

  2. Thanks, Mike. I feel my primary purpose in the DOC is to inspire others, and give hope for their futures. I especially feel that way about type 1 kids and their parents!