The life expectancy of people with type 1 diabetes has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to technological advances allowing for careful management of blood glucose levels. The findings come from a study conducted by a team of endocrinologists at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

There are twice as many cases of type 1 diabetes as there were 20 years ago, an increase that has led to a number of technological advances in its treatment: more accurate blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, smartphone apps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) have all contributed to a longer life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes.

Along with better management, recent advances have led researchers to be hopeful that a cure will be available in the reasonably near future. Several studies have managed to prevent type 1 diabetes at various stages.

The findings were published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
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