It has been considered unlikely that patients with insulin-dependent diabetes and diabetic nephropathy with nephrotic range proteinuria can substantially reduce proteinuria and continue for many years without further loss of renal function. We present a patient who had the diagnosis of insulin-dependent diabetes made at age 15, had his first of 6 laser treatments for proliferative and hemorrhagic retinopathy at age 27 and was found to have nephrotic range proteinuria and edema with hypertension at age 29, when results of a renal biopsy were typical of diabetic nephropathy. Ten years later, with the last 5.5 years on ACE inhibitors, proteinuria has been < 0.65 g/24 h for 2 years and recently 0.22 g, serum creatinine is unchanged at 90 to 102 μmol/l, DTPA GFR is 104 ml/min and retinopathy has remained stable without laser therapy for 7 years. Blood pressure on clinic visits has averaged 126/74 for the last 8 years. This duration of stable renal function and the major decrease in proteinuria after being in the neprotic range is very rare in reports, if not unique.