Diabetes is an incurable disease. Sufferers usually depend on medication and treatment drugs to sustain their lives, and this usually causes extremely heavy financial burden on themselves and their family members. As a recap, type 1 Diabetes is a condition in which the immune system activates by itself to destroy cells in the pancreas which produces insulin. Globally, around 10-15% of diabetes are type 1.
Given the incurable nature of the disease, patients usually try to survive for decades taking medications which are expensive and costly, just to stay alive. Regardless, sufferers could take comfort in the knowledge that there is indeed a focus on research to come up with true cures for the disease.
Type 1 Diabetes Cure And Research Update – August 2017
- University of Texas Health Science Centre
Researchers in the US have managed to cure Type 1 Diabetes in mice. University of Texas Health Science Centre leveraged on a virus as a carrier to introduce insulin-producing genes into the pancreas of subjects (which in this case, are the mice). You can read more with the link above, but though this finding is encouraging, human trials have not started and more needs to be done to eradicate this disease.
- University of Tampere in Finland
There could potentially be a vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes beginning human trials in 2018. This prototype vaccine is in place to potentially prevent Type 1 Diabetes from the onset in children. The research is currently being spearheaded by University of Tampere in Finland. It is postulated that a virus has been found to trigger the body’s defences into attacking itself (in this case, destroying cells in the pancreas) and the vaccine can provide immunity on that. If you are interested in the journal article on the virus (coxsackievirus B1) and its associated relationship (trigger) with the body immune system, you can head over here to find out more.
All these point to one simple and cruel fact, and that is while research is progressing well (by reports of significant development in the media), the facts remain that there are no cures in place and researchers have been hesitant to label their research as a cure in development. We want to change that, by continuing to bring you more high-quality information on incurable diseases, such as diabetes, and move towards a true cure for all incurable diseases in the world.