Yesterday, Sept 15, was my 67'th diaversary. Still no complications except for mild nerve damage. I hope the research being done on long term T1D's in Boston will explain why some of us are so lucky to have lived so long, and be so healthy.
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. They have found several interesting things so far. Some of us still have small amounts of insulin production, after all these years. There is also some mysterious inner protection that we possess that protects us against eye and kidney damage, and other nerve based damage. It was found that that protection does not help our hearts, many participant have had heart attacks, bypasses, etc. I attended a meeting of approximately 100 participants in June, 2011, at Joslin. None of us looked at all overweight. That is a definite plus.