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On April 7, 2009, I joined a chat with Gary Scheiner on diabetestalkfest.com. Gary is the author of the book "Think Like A Pancreas" and other wonderful books on diabetes and self management. During that chat I asked Gary if he knew any people who have had diabetes for more than 60 years without any complications. This was a moderated chat and the questions were sent to Gary in the order they were asked. The time was running out and I thought my question would not be answered. Then, Gary went overtime and answered my question just before he signed off. His exact reply was:

"Richard - In fact, I do. A 68-year diabetic woman. Research is showing
that there is a genetic sequence that protects some people against
microvascular and neural complications."

That quote might not mean as much to some of you as it does me. It still gives me chills sometimes when I read it. It meant so much to me! I hope it means a lot to some of YOU readers too. It strengthens my determination to keep up my program of self management and makes me think I can reach the record set by William Rounds. William has been Type 1 for 85 years and is alive and well.
 

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Why Do Some Type 1's Live Very Long Without Complications?

I haven't seen any evidence of a Diabetic living over 60 years without complications unless they looked after themselves sugar-wise for at least 2/3 of their Lifetime anyways. As you and I have learned, some complications can be reversed by proper Diabetic care.

Most children seem to be resilient against damage done by somewhat higher sugars for some reason. I guess because they are still growing and their systems can quickly and continually repair minor damage to their bodies. Some Adults can also tolerate somewhat higher sugar levels which is believeable.

I met a Lady from the UK who has had Type 1 for 49 years. She supposedly has never had complications. The Good part is that her Mom was a Nurse and somehow knew about carbs way back then. So she just carried on her Mom's teachings about Diabetes. I found this Very interesting.

"Richard - In fact, I do. A 68-year diabetic woman. Research is showing that there is a genetic sequence that protects some people against microvascular and neural complications."

I enjoy reading up on research. If you come across studies about this one, I would love to read about her case. Thanks Richard!
 
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