As was evidenced by Robert Krause earlier this week, people with type 1 diabetes can live a long life. In fact, people with type 1 are living longer and longer. Research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions this afternoon demonstrates that there have been improvements in the life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes.
The study, a part of the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study, looked at two groups of people: a group of people who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1950 and 1964 and a group of people who had been diagnosed between 1965 and 1980.
The researchers found that the life expectancy for those who were diagnosed between 1965 and 1980 was 15 years longer than those who were diagnosed between 1950 and 1964. During the same time frame, the life expectancy for people without diabetes only increased by one year.
Currently, the life expectancy for people living with type 1 diabetes is about four years less than those who do not have diabetes, but the survival gap is clearly shrinking. There’s nothing like a little good news to help kick off the world’s largest diabetes meeting!