Type 1 diabetics are living longer

“I never expected to live this long.”

That's a refrain becoming increasingly common among people with Type 1 diabetes, many of whom were told as children their lives would likely be shortened due to a complication of the disease, such as kidney failure, heart attack or a stroke.

But a growing number of diabetics have defied the odds, living with the disease for 50 years or more and often remaining otherwise healthy - and a Canadian study is underway to find out why.

Sheryl Ubelacker Reports

New diabetic drugs look promising, but won’t be enough to manage the epidemic

‘I’m sorry, but your sugar is still too high,” I tell my anxious patient, reviewing his blood work. Sathees, a 39-year-old who has had diabetes for six years, has been dreading this moment. But he accepts my verdict, knowing I will prescribe more medication – adding to the five tablets that he’s already taking.

For diabetics, this is a typical scenario, repeated thousands of times a day in clinics across Canada. Too frequently, the medications we use to treat diabetes just fade away, losing their sugar-reducing effect.

Website brings help to chronic disease sufferers

A new website is helping patients with two or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart, kidney or lung disease, monitor their health from home.

A discovery of the healing kind

You get a cut, you bandage it. With a little bit of time the wound heals and you take the bandage off. Done and done. But what if it didn't heal? What if your cut stayed open? What if it wouldn't allow your skin to heal? Believe it or not, 20 to 25 per cent of patients in long-term care facilities, as well as the elderly, people suffering from diabetes, people who are immobile, and those who are obese are highly susceptible to developing skin wounds that do not close and heal properly, according to Providence Health Care, a faith-based private health care organization.


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