Scientists Believe Specialized Treatments Are Keys to a Diabetes Cure

Joel Eisenberg

Medical experts suggest an era without diabetes is inevitable, though the timing remains elusive.

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Author’s Note

This article is based on science and accredited media reports. No medical advice is offered herein on the part of the author.

It is imperative for anyone who suffers from diabetes, including those who suspect the illness, to visit their doctor for proper treatment protocols.

All listed theories and facts within this article are fully-attributed to several medical experts, scientists, and media outlets, including Diabetes.org.uk, Harvard University, Healthline.com, and Labiotech.eu.

Introduction

Diabetes.org.uk maintains on its homepage an article entitled “Is There a Cure For Diabetes,” which states: There's no cure yet, but our scientists are working on a ground-breaking weight management study, to help people put their type 2 diabetes into remission. Remission is when blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels are in a normal range again. This doesn't mean diabetes has gone for good.

Indeed, it is imperative to note no cure for diabetes yet exists; however, long-term remission strategies presently being studied are said to offer hope for a cure in the future.

See here for an October, 2021 article from Harvard University, which addresses the promise of stem cell treatments on Type 1 diabetes.

As excerpted from the article, entitled “A New Therapy For Treating Type 1 Diabetes”: Promising early results show that longstanding Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) research may have paved the way for a breakthrough treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Utilizing research from the Melton Lab, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has developed VX-880, an investigational stem cell-derived, fully differentiated pancreatic islet cell replacement therapy for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). In conjunction with immunosuppressive therapy, VX-880 produced robust restoration of islet cell function on Day 90 in the first patient in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial.

Let us explore further, and also delve into the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Cure Status, 2022

A medically-reviewed October, 2020 article from Healthline.com, “Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Difference?” elaborates on the matter: Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose. Glucose is the fuel that feeds your body’s cells, but to enter your cells it needs a key. Insulin is that key. People with type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin. You can think of it as not having a key. People with type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should and later in the disease often don’t make enough insulin. You can think of it as having a broken key.

The larger issue, as also stated in the Healthline.com article, is both Type 1 and Type 2 can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels responsible for the risk of diabetes complications.

Directly addressing hopes and realistic expectations for a cure, Labiotech.eu features a 11/21 article entitled “The Future of Diabetes Treatment: Is a Cure Possible?”

From the article, which includes analyses on several scientific studies: One of the most advanced alternatives comes from the Diabetes Research Institute in the US, which is developing a bioengineered mini-organ where insulin-producing cells are encapsulated within a protective barrier. This mini-pancreas is then implanted into the omentum, a part of the abdominal lining. A phase I/II trial is ongoing, but the DRI announced its first successful results in 2016, revealing that the first patient in Europe treated with this approach no longer requires insulin therapy.

Science appears to be showing some success towards an eventual cure, and though scientists remain hopeful they are on the brink, they are not there yet.

Conclusion

The importance of ongoing treatments for diabetes from a medical professional cannot be understated. As also explained in the above Labiotech.eu article: Diabetes is the major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke. It is estimated that the number of people affected by diabetes will rise to 700 million by 2045. This has led the World Health Organization to consider diabetes an epidemic.

Only a medical professional can determine proper treatment for your diabetes. Please contact your doctor for questions and advice as to the protocols discussed in this article.

Thank you for reading.

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