Living with T1D for 50 years or more?
There is so much we can learn from those who have been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 50 years or more. A new nation-wide project is being conducted at Mount Sinai Hospital to study such people, called the “Canadian Study of Longevity in Diabetes: Discovering Factors for Success after 50 years of Type 1 Diabetes”. Researchers want to hear about these people, their lifestyle, and how they have managed their diabetes with such success over the years.
The study offers hope for current and future generations living with T1D, that we may discover mechanisms, biomarkers and therapies to help prevent devastating complications such as kidney failure, vision loss and limb amputation. This group is a valuable resource to study as they have thrived in the face of diabetes, despite having limited access to intensive diabetes monitoring technologies that are available to us today.
Dr. Bruce Perkins, MD MPH, is the principal investigator of the study and has teamed up with researchers at the University Health Network in Toronto, ON and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA to bring this study to life. Dr. Perkins is in need of participants and is looking to the T1D community to help spread the word. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a medal for their remarkable achievement of living with T1D for more than 50 years. Participating is extremely easy and only requires you to fill out a two hour questionnaire, answering questions about your medical history and diabetes management.
Do you have a family member or a friend that has been living with T1D for 50 years or more? If so we need their help. Please visit http://diabeteslongevity.ca/ for more information or to sign up for the Diabetes Longevity study.