People with type 1 diabetes are living much longer. Studies have found that better diabetes care has narrowed the gap between the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics, and non diabetics in the US. Until recently, no one would have predicted that people with type 1 diabetes could have a nearly normal life span. Things ave improved so much. I am 77, with 71 years of T1, and am very healthy. Some T1 people have lived into their 80s, and a few into their 90s. Researchers are busy looking to find out what these people did right. The Joslin Medalist Study is one study that is researching the increased longevity of so many type 1 people.