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JDRF has described the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as ‘historic’. Ms Sotomayor has had type 1 diabetes since she was eight years old.

JDRF Australia CEO Mike Wilson said Ms. Sotomayor represents another important role model for people living with diabetes. “This is further proof that there is no barrier to people with type 1 diabetes achieving top honours in any field. Clinical advances and research progress are enabling people with type 1 diabetes to lead full and successful lives.”

US President Barack Obama described Ms Sotomayor’s Puerto Rican heritage, childhood in public housing projects and Yale Law School training but some commentators have debated whether type 1 diabetes may have an impact in her new role.

William Ahearn, a spokesman for JDRF International, said most patients can sense their blood-sugar levels plunging and sip some juice, nibble on a candy bar or drink soda to prevent an episode. A clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York described Ms Sotomayor’s type 1 diabetes as a “non-issue”.

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