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Niskayuna man recognized for living 75 years with diabetes

Bill Pittman of Niskayuna has lived with diabetes for 75 years. Here, he holds a medal he received from the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2013 in recognition of his long life with diabetes.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Bill Pittman of Niskayuna has lived with diabetes for 75 years. Here, he holds a medal he received from the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2013 in recognition of his long life with diabetes.
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Bill Pittman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1938. Just 17 years earlier, the disease was considered a death sentence. Not long ago, the 78-year-old Niskayuna resident received a medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center recognizing the 75 years he’s lived with diabetes. Insulin still was a fairly new diabetes treatment back when Pittman was diagnosed — it was used successfully on a patient for the first time in 1922. Prior to that, the ...

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