In 1921, a team of Canadian researchers including Frederick G. Banting, M.D., Charles H. Best, J.J.R. Macleod, Ph.D., and James B. Collip, Ph.D., isolated a newly discovered hormone they named “insulin” from calf pancreases (pancreata). They injected it into a teenage boy who had type 1 diabetes (T1D). The young man, Leonard Thompson, was confined [...]
The benefits of exercise are wide ranging. Regular physical activity can help people manage their weight, sleep better, reduce the risk of some diseases, including type 2 diabetes (T2D) and heart disease, and improve overall quality of life—among other proven benefits. People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can gain the same benefits from exercise as [...]
In December 2012, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) or who are at increased risk of developing the disease have smaller pancreases than people not at risk. Researchers studied pancreases from three groups of deceased donors: individuals with T1D, those with autoantibodies [...]
Daily type 1 diabetes (T1D) management can be challenging for adults or children living with the disease, as well as for their parents or caregivers. We asked two diabetes experts, Desmond Schatz, M.D., and Anne Peters, M.D., to share with us the most frequently asked questions they hear in their practices.
By Michelle A. Cissell, Ph.D. “I have [type 1] diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t have me.” Those words illustrate the feisty attitude of Annette Richardson-Bienkowski, 72, a participant in the 50-Year Medalist Study at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. Led by George King, M.D., chief scientific officer at Joslin, this groundbreaking research study, which has received [...]
By Michelle A. Cissell, Ph.D. In 2007, JDRF took a calculated risk by creating the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) to collect and distribute pancreatic and other tissues from deceased organ donors with type 1 diabetes (T1D), as well as from those without the disease but with multiple antibodies indicating high [...]
By Michelle A. Cissell, Ph.D. Women know the importance of taking extra care of themselves before and during pregnancy—for the optimal health of their babies, as well as for their own well-being. For women with type 1 diabetes (T1D), diligent self-management both before and during pregnancy is especially crucial, as high blood glucose levels increase [...]