In 1948, the Joslin Diabetes Center began awarding Victory Medals to people who had lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 25 or more years. With improvement in treatment and self-management strategies, a 50-year benchmark was swiftly added. And today, more than 50 people have been recognized for living healthfully with type 1 diabetes for at least 75 years.
Joslin’s ongoing Medalist Study looks at what makes these Medalists so successful in their diabetes care. The JDRF recently featured the Medalist Study on their website in an article called “Triumphing Over Type 1 Diabetes: Meet the Medalists,” where they discussed the research and profiled some successful type 1 stories. Check it out here!