Study Finds It's Possible to Live 50 Years with T1 Without Complications

Hey, just took this directly off the JDRF website. It can be found under their "research" section. Pretty uplifting stuff:

The Medalist Study, an ongoing project at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, is seeking to answer the question: Can complications of diabetes be avoided or stopped? The study has produced some important findings that may help to answer that question.

The study recruits patients with long-duration type 1 diabetes and has created a recognition program for people who have been insulin-dependent for 50 years or longer. The study shows that individuals with established type 1 diabetes (even those who have lived with the disease for 50 years or more) are still capable of producing insulin. It also found that even after 50 years, about 30% of the patients studied did not experience any of the common complications such as eye, kidney, or nerve disease. These findings show that complications can indeed be prevented, and they point the way toward the possibility of improved clinical outcomes for all people with type 1 diabetes. 


Great find - thank you for posting this... Any chance I can talk you into posting the link, too???

Thanks again, this really is exciting!!!



It's on this page on the JDRF website:


You're awesome, thanks!


haha no problem man 

Hi Dylan,

No worries!!  I have had T1 for 33 years and I have no complications.  I was diagnosed at the age of 15 years of age. I had no family support which lead me to into control at an early age. "I guess it was a blessing in disguise" .

Excersize, understand glycemic index and how food groups relate to "you"!! 

Best regards "

Spuddy- Dan

"Diabetic brother "