Care Improving for Type 1 Diabetes
Gap in Life Expectancy Between People With Type 1 Diabetes and General Population Narrowing, Study Finds
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"I imagine you will be able to put on a pump and live a pretty normal life," says Henry, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Orchard notes that studies in the late 1980s showed that people with type 1 diabetes were often penalized in terms of health and life insurance because of shorter-than-average life expectancies.
The new study shows that "individuals with childhood-onset diabetes are not an insurance risk and should be minimally penalized, if at all, in terms of life insurance and other medical decisions," he says.
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.