Why Do Some Type 1's Live A Long Time Without Complications?

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-10-18 12:22:14 -0500
Started 2009-05-09 11:43:44 -0500

On April 7, 2009, I joined a chat with Gary Scheiner on diabetestalkfest.com. Gary is the author of the book "Think Like A Pancreas" and other wonderful books on diabetes and self management. During that chat I asked Gary if he knew any people who have had diabetes for more than 60 years without any complications. This was a moderated chat and the questions were sent to Gary in the order they were asked. The time was running out and I thought my question would not be answered. Then, Gary went overtime and answered my question just before he signed off. His exact reply was:

"Richard - In fact, I do. A 68-year diabetic woman. Research is showing
that there is a genetic sequence that protects some people against
microvascular and neural complications."

That quote might not mean as much to some of you as it does me. It still gives me chills sometimes when I read it. It meant so much to me! I hope it means a lot to some of YOU readers too. It strengthens my determination to keep up my program of self management and makes me think I can reach the record set by William Rounds. William has been Type 1 for 85 years and is alive and well.

6 replies

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-18 12:22:14 -0500 Report

Richard, that is very reassuring. That is the kind of positive information I like to hear. We always hear all the horror stories, but it is very rare that we hear something positive. I was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about a yr. and 1/2 ago, and I was terrified when I got the news. My first thought was, I am going to die, and I almost gave up, but then I decided that I was going to educate myself and fight this disease. It has, up to a point controlled my life thus far, but I am fighting that too. I let it get me down from time to time, and I get very depressed. I will be 63 this next year, and my endocrinologist told me to be thankful that I am just now getting this terrible disease that it could have shown up years ago. And, I am thankful that it is just now rearing its ugly head. May we all hear more positive stories of people living long and productive lives.

Crashnot 2009-10-11 07:12:19 -0500 Report

Heh heh, well that backs up my old endo's comment. About 15 years ago he looked at my not acceptable a1c results, said, "looks like your just healthy because you have good genes!" and said he didn't need to see me unless I was having problems! I'm only at 42 years, so let's hope he was right and I can stay that way (now with better control and on a pump!)

mamaoak 2009-05-09 17:30:51 -0500 Report

my aunt lived to 100 with diabites it was not that caused her death. she drove from nothern cacada to flordia untell she was 98. i think it is the way we live our lives that helps and our genatics.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-10 16:40:03 -0500 Report

Wow, that is an awsome story; to know that someone can live to be 100 years old with Diabetes,without complications… Was your aunt a Type 1 or Type II, and, at what age was she diagnosed?

2009-05-09 13:01:41 -0500 Report

This is very interesting information. Thank you for sharing. It is good to know that there are those who can have diabeties and not have any complications.

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