An article published in August by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has brought great news for those of us living with the big D.
According to the study “Thirty years of data from international trials show that the rate of serious complications amongst people with type 1 diabetes is lower that was has been reported historically.”
In another article published in a diabetes journal, it was reported that the main decline has been in mortality, renal failure and neuropathy. On the other hand overt nephropathy and proliferative retinopathy do not seem to be showing such positive signs.
The other odd issue in the report is around cardio vascular disease. The researchers observed a reduction in incidence in people who have had diabetes for 20 years, but this reduction seems to disappear in those who have lived with teh condition for more than 25 years
While a lot of this reduction seem to be driven by the adoption of intensive management, there is also significant progress coming from the development and use of new technologies including insulin pumps.