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When do you think that type 1 diabetes will be cured?

 
 

The word 'cure' means different things to different people, but think about what it means to you when you answer

 
     

Within the next 5 years

 
 

15%

 

  110

 
     

Within the next 10 years

 
 

36%

 

  256

 
     

Within the next 20 years

 
 

25%

 

  176

 
     

More than 20 years from now

 
 

8%

 

  62

 
     

Never

 
 

8%

 

  60

 
     

I don't know

 
 

5%

 

  40

 


Total votes: 704

 

When do you think that type 1 diabetes will be cured?

Poll dates: January 4 - 11, 2004
Total Votes: 704

When my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 1989, we were told that science would likely have a cure within 10 years. Over the years, I've heard that statement repeated many times -- that is, science will likely find a cure for type 1 diabetes within 10 years. Cynics would note that, even today, the cure remains 10 years away. Optimists would cite the enormous progress that has been made in the past five to ten years.

As we noted in last week's poll, doctors, scientists, and engineers around the world are working on many ways to cure type 1 diabetes. One cure, islet cell transplantation, has gained the spotlight in recent years, though its widespread adoption awaits less toxic -- or non-toxic -- immunosuppressant strategies to prevent rejection of the transplanted islets. Other strategies for a cure are also making progress toward clinical use.

While no one can say for sure when a cure for type 1 diabetes will be widely available, there is every reason to be optimistic that we will see dramatic improvements in how type 1 diabetes is managed in the relatively near future.

-- JSH

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