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.