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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






Within the next 10 years






Within the next 20 years






More than 20 years from now












I don't know






Total votes: 252


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

Poll dates: November 25 - December 2, 2009
Total Votes: 252

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 over the years and that we're closer than ever to finding a cure.

As we noted in our January 2009 poll asking about how diabetes will be cured, doctors, scientists, and engineers around the world are working on many ways to cure type 1 diabetes. We tend to think that the cure will come from a closed loop pump (both 31%), rather than some kind of biological intervention.

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.

Over the past several years, the trend has been for CWD visitors to think that the cure is farther away, as can be seen by the following graph -- the peak around "within 10 years" has dropped dramatically:

This table summarizes results of this poll question from the past years:

Answer   Nov 2009   Nov 2008   May 2005   Jan 2004
Within 5 Years   10%   10%   9%   15%
Within 10 years   22%   26%   34%   36%
Within 20 years   25%   26%   29%   25%
More than 20 years   19%   15%   10%   8%
Never   12%   11%   9%   8%
Don't know   9%   9%   6%   5%

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Last Updated: Wednesday December 02, 2009 13:56:24
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