Monday, September 17, 2012

My 67'th Diaversary

September 15, 2012, was my 67'th diaversary. I was diagnosed in 1945. I have lived this long with type 1 diabetes, and I do not have any diabetes related complications, except some very mild nerve damage. 

I don't have any "secret". I do the same things that many type 1 friends have done, but my routine seems to have worked better for me than it has for so many others. The research in Boston is attempting to find why us long term, healthy type 1 diabetics have been so successful. I participated in that research in 2009. The research is ongoing, and began in 2005. There have been almost 800 participants thus far. All of the participants are Joslin medalists who have had type 1 for 50 years, or more. 

They have found several interesting things. Many of the medalists are producing small amounts of their own insulin. They have found that we have an inner protection of some sort that keeps us from having problems with our eyes, kidneys and other types of nerve based damage. Our hearts, however, are not protected. Many of the medalists have had heart attacks, bypass surgeries, etc. The Joslin doctors have advised us to be especially careful with our heart health. 

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 67 healthy years with diabetes!!! Thanks for discussing the Joslin findings, that is all so interesting to me. Especially the part about still making small amounts of insulin - that seems to make sense to me, and I also find it somewhat encouraging.

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  2. Congratulations Richard! I love reading about the Joslin studies. I think it was last year that they published the one about the eyes and said that people that had retinopathy and went 17 years without problems were home free (not there exact words!). I am coming up on my 17 year mark so really liked that one! I hope that they figure out why the heart isn’t protected and other body parts are.

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  3. Thanks Karen and Kelly! There will be a medalist meeting in Boston on May 11. We will be given first hand information about the current findings in the study. I am looking forward to seeing my fellow medalists there.

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