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  How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?  
      Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor  
  32%     53  
      Human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression  
  15%     26  
      Non-human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression  
  3%     5  
      Gene therapy of some kind  
  4%     7  
      Immune system therapy of some kind  
  5%     8  
      A combination of the above  
  10%     17  
      Something else  
  1%      1  
      Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it  
  19%     32  
      I don't know  
  11%     19  

Total votes: 168
 

How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?

Poll dates: January 5 - 12, 2011
Total Votes: 168

Scientists, engineers, and doctors from around the world are working hard to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Some are working on bio-artificial techniques, such as implanted, continuous glucose monitors that control an insulin pump. Some are working on find ways to eliminate the need for toxic immunosuppressant drugs in islet cell transplants. Some are working on gene therapy to convert cells in the body to produce insulin, or to create a larger supply of islet cells for transplant. Some are working on drugs to alter the immune system to eliminate the underlying autoimmunity of type 1 diabetes. Some are working on vaccines to prevent people from getting type 1 diabetes in the first place.

While it is difficult to know which path will lead to a cure first, we all have reason to be hopeful that one or more of these paths will lead to a significant improvement in how we care for type 1 diabetes in the near future. With that in mind, the best advice we can offer our children and anyone with type 1 diabetes is to take the best possible care today so that you will be as healthy as possible when new treatments are available.

As in previous polls on this topic, more people think that there will be a technological "cure" than a biological cure, though in the true sense of the word "cure" this would really be very advanced therapy -- a point raised by several readers.

Answer Jan 2011 Jan 2010 Jan 2009 Jan 2008 Jan 2007 Jan 2006 Mar 2005 Dec 2004
Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor 32% 38% 31% 39% 43% 41% 31% 39%
Islet transplants (human) without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression 15% 10% 10% 9% 12% 16% 14% 19%
Non-human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression 3% 5% 7% 7% -- -- -- --
Gene therapy of some kind 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 4% 31% 4%
Immune system therapy of some kind 5% 7% 8% 5% 3% 4% 2% 2%
A combination of the above 10% 8% 9% 12% 14% 13% 6% 9%
Something else 1% 4% 1% 1% 3% 2% 1% 2%
Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it 19% 12% 11% 7% 7% 8% 5% 9%
I don't know 11% 12% 15% 12% 10% 9% 7% 11%

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Last Updated: Wednesday January 12, 2011 15:50:10
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