From Lake Elsinore, California, USA:
We live in California where the Governor just signed a bill approving research for finding a cure for diabetes. How will this motivate doctors and scientists to develop a cure? How close are we to finding a cure with the stem cell research?
My personal feeling is that the nearest we shall get to a cure in the next few years will be when insulin pump manufacturers are able to devise a reasonably durable glucose sensor and to use it to safely and reliably control a pump. Good progress is being made.
Stem cell transplantation as an alternative to islet cell transplants which works, but is handicapped by the lack of donors and the present need for lifetime immunosuppression, is under vigorous scrutiny but still many years away from human trials. Political issues did indeed hamper stem cell research for a number of years until it was realised that stem cells from bone marrow and other tissues could be diverted to insulin production.
Original posting 3 Nov 2003
Posted to Research: Cure
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.