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Diabetes Takes a Toll on Lifetime Earnings: Study
Date:1/10/2012

ings are true for this group of kids from the early 1990s, they're probably not anymore." He said that changes in diabetes management over the past 20 or 30 years have made a significant difference in the way people with diabetes live.

"In the past, some people were told by their physicians that they weren't going to live too long, probably not even past 30 or 40," which would certainly have had an impact on how someone would view schooling and long-term career plans, said Polonsky.

Now, most young people with type 1 diabetes can expect to have a normal or close-to-normal life span, he said. And, he added, "It behooves us to get the word out to patients and employers that we can now say, 'With good care, that you can live a longer, healthy life with diabetes.'"

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To learn more about the rights of children and teens with type 1 diabetes in school, visit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA also has information about workplace rights for people with diabetes.

SOURCES: Jason Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor, division of health policy and administration, department of epidemiology and public health, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; William Polonsky, Ph.D., C.D.E., CEO, Behavior
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