Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 31, 2002
Question from Australia:
My 26 year old husband, who has had type 1 diabetes since he was two years old, keeps his blood sugar levels under control, and he has had rare hypo attacks. What is the likelihood of long term effects of diabetes (kidney problems, etc.)? Is the length of his life affected? Sorry to sound morbid, but I would be interested to know.
People with type 1 diabetes who have good blood sugar control are more likely to avoid serious complications than those with poor control. The test called a hemoglobin A1c that provides an indication of the average daily blood sugar has been tied to complication predictions. Better control results in fewer complications and worse control results in more complications.
The additional wild card is that there are likely to be genetic modifiers of the probabilities because some people with severe complications may not have bad control where people with no complications may not have been as aggressive with their diabetes treatment and have less than optimal control. I think your husband should monitor often, shoot for his blood sugar goals, and do the best he can. If he can avoid kidney damage, that is the best marker for a healthy life.
[Editor’s comment: See discussions about the results of the DCCT study.