What factors affect the long-term prognosis of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Sep 13, 2019
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Patients with type 1 DM who survive the period 10-20 years after disease onset without fulminant complications have a high probability of maintaining reasonably good health. Other factors affecting long-term outcomes are the patient’s education, awareness, motivation, and intelligence level. The 2012 American Diabetes Association (ADA) standard of care emphasizes the importance of long-term, coordinated care management for improved outcomes and suggests structural changes to existing systems of long-term care delivery. [5]


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