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Diabetes Longevity Study

For the first time in Canada we are recognizing the remarkable achievement of living with type 1 diabetes for 50 years or more. Similar programs have been run across the world in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It’s now our chance to show you how proud we are of your accomplishment. Contact us to find out more about participating in this groundbreaking study.

Study Phase 1

There is a lot you can teach us. Clinicians, educators, and even policy makers are eager to learn more about diabetes care, from you. We want to hear about you, your lifestyle, and how you have managed your diabetes over the years.

By sharing your story and participating in our research study, you will be contributing to the understanding of type 1 diabetes and the factors that lead to a successful life.

In this first phase of our three phase study, Canadians with 50 years or more of type 1 diabetes will fill out a 2-hour questionnaire. We will send you the questionnaire by mail or, if you know you want to fill it out over the phone, we can email you a copy to review too! Feel free to take as long as you need to complete the questionnaire and contact us at any time if you have questions.

This questionnaire will allow us to learn more about you, your lifestyle, and how you have managed your diabetes over the years. The questionnaire will ask about your diabetes, other health conditions, medications, recent bloodwork and eye test results, medical conditions in your family, diet and exercise, and quality of life.

Contact us today to find out more about participating in the Diabetes Longevity Study or click the ‘Join’ button now!

Study Phase 2

The second of the research study will take place at our research centre in Toronto. We will be recruiting local participants from the first phase of the study to come in for a clinic visit in 2014.

Study Phase 3 and Beyond

The third and fourth phases of the research study will explore the biological and genetic factors that lead to a successful life with type 1 diabetes.

What is Longevity in Diabetes?

Have you had type 1 diabetes for over 50 years? Do you know someone who has?

Before 1921, type 1 diabetes was a fatal disease. After the discovery of insulin in this year by Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod at the University of Toronto, those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes no longer had to fear their disease. With the help of insulin they could lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.

We recognize the great accomplishment of living with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years and we realize that there is a great deal to learn from your successes. Help us help future generations by sharing your story and inspiring others to do the same.

Join the Diabetes Longevity Study today.

Future Goals

Researchers, Scientists, Nurses, Physicians, Clinical Investigators, Diabetes Educators, and even Policy Makers are eager to learn more about diabetes care, from you. You hold the key to understanding the factors that lead to a successful life with type 1 diabetes.

Longevity Study Updates

The Diabetes Longevity study is just getting off the ground. We need your help to find Canadians – from PEI to Yukon – with 50 years or more of type 1 diabetes to participate in our study.