Joslin Medalist Meet-Up, June 3,4/ What Makes A Survivor?

I am anxious to attend the meeting of more than 100 Joslin Medalists on June 3, 4. These meet-ups are held every two years in Boston at the Joslin Diabetes Center. There are several medalists attending who have been type 1 for 75 years, or more. William Rounds attended in 2009, and he has now been type 1 for 87 years. They make me feel like a newbie, with only 65 years of diabetes.



Here is a link about some of the medalists and findings from the Joslin Medalist Study of 650 medalists.

http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-30/lifestyle/29600232_1_pancreatic-cells-juvenile-diabetes-diabetes-patients
What makes a survivor



There are common themes among the 650 people in the Joslin Diabetes Center’s “medalists’’ study of patients who have lived with type 1 diabetes for a half-century or longer. According to Dr. George L. King, Joslin’s research director, these survivors are typically:


  • of Northern European ancestry, which tends to correlate with high socioeconomic status, high levels of education, and good health care and nutrition.


  • nonsmokers.


  • physically active.


  • children of parents who took control of their diabetes when they were very young, and they continue to do a good job of keeping their blood sugars low and stable.


  • children of parents who were long-lived — on average, 76-77 years.


  • matter-of-fact about their diabetes: They see it as an annoyance, but not a curse.


  • willing to participate in medical research about type 1 diabetes.


  • have a pancreas that has continued to make insulin-producing beta cells.