My Participation In The Joslin Medalist Study

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-09-03 14:43:47 -0500
Started 2009-09-01 22:03:21 -0500

There is an ongoing study at Harvard and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The Joslin medalists are the subjects involved in the study. These medalists have had Type 1 diabetes for 50 or more years. They are given a thorough examination of their heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous systems. It has been found that some of these medalists still havd functioning beta cells and C-peptide after all those years of diabetes. Now we will wait and see if it is the presence of C-peptide is responsible for these individuals having no serious complications. The study is ongoing and they want more medalists to participate. Several hundred have been examined but they want a larger sample.

I recently announced here that I was applying for a Joslin medal. I received my medal last week and I have been invited to participate in the medalist study. They will pay my transportation and lodging. I can't wait to see if I have functioning beta cells. My date for going to Boston has not been set but it should be soon.

I have been T1D for 63 years (64 years on Sept. 15) and I have no complications at this time. It would be so cool to find that a few functioning beta cells and some active C-peptide explains my good health.

7 replies

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-09-03 14:43:47 -0500 Report

Woo-Hoo Richard! I am so proud you are going. I will be type 1 47 years in Oct. I hope one day I can go too!! Keep us inmform of how things go. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Richard157 2009-09-03 14:40:28 -0500 Report

Thank you friends, for your comments!!!

Sarge, I have finished my book except for a few minor details and a chapter I want to add involving my experience with the joslin visit and the outcome. i want to write up the total experience in that chapter. I hope to have my book published by the end of this year, even if I have to use an online company and pay for publication out of my own pocket.

Harlen 2009-09-02 14:10:51 -0500 Report

Way to go you always do so much I have a lot of admeration for you
I wish to be more like you
and will keep trying to acheve
Thank you for the inspration

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-09-02 09:38:53 -0500 Report

Wow, Richard. First of all, congratulations on being a medalist.

I have never heard that some T1's maintain some beta cell function. That's incredible and very insightful. It certainly would go a long way to explaining some of the variability seen among different diabetics.

Thanks for sharing this.

Judimar 2009-09-01 22:25:47 -0500 Report

Congratulations! Thank you Richard for participating in this study. I wish you continued good health and pray that maybe they can glean some answers from this study and a cure can be found soon.



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