From Andrews, Texas, USA:
I am a 21 year old male, and was diagnosed with neonatal diabetes a few hours after birth. I take insulin and have since day one. I was wondering if I could volunteer myself for research of some sort, or maybe for research purposes. I am not sure which type of neonatal diabetic I am, but I have been taking insulin since my first day in the world.
You would be a more appealing research subject if you were 21 years younger or, better still, a mouse, which is really saying that the clinical descriptions of both the transient and permanent types of neonatal diabetes have been already quite well established. There is a great deal of research being now carried out however by developmental biologists on the many factors, which are called transcription factors, that are necessary for the growth of the beta cell to the point of insulin secretion. At some stage, this may be able to explain your diabetes more fully and better understanding of the field may one day offer an alternative to islet cell transplantation. If you are near to the right sort of library you might want to look at The concerted activities of Pax4 and Nkx2.2 are essential to initiate pancreatic beta-cell differentiation. or even to explore the growing literature in the field.
Original posting 20 Mar 2004
Posted to Research: Other Research
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:56
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.