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New diabetes treatments


Reports from the Center for Disease Control estimate that almost 30 million people in the United States are impacted by diabetes. Diabetes can be managed, with diet and medications, but it can also lead to kidney failure, heart disease, and even death.

New breakthroughs in diabetes treatment protocols are aiming to change that, thanks to significant and important advancements in the fight against diabetes.

An unfortunate truth that many diabetics face is that without proper management of their disease, they can expect a reduced life expectancy than what is expected by those who don’t live with diabetes controlling their lives.

Recent trials and studies have seen great promising results, including a trial in humans that worked on a Type 1 diabetes vaccine. While it can’t yet cure existing diagnoses of Type 1 diabetes, there is the hope that it can help to prevent new cases from developing. With the success of this vaccine, there may be the promise of helping those who are in the high risk category for developing Type 2 diabetes, which is of course often much harder to manage.

Drugs being developed across the globe are looking at great progress, too. This includes a drug nearing release in the Japanese market. It has been seen to reverse the effects of reduced mitochondria production, by targeting the body’s muscles, the liver, and the pancreas.

Intermittent fasting is also being studied as a potential method of controlling insulin levels in the body. It has already been shown to produce excellent results for a large number of people. Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle and dietary change that restricts eating and drinking anything beyond water to certain hours of the day. It has shown great potential for those who are looking to lose weight.

One of the issues facing diabetics is the fear of needles. Between needing to use needles to test blood sugar levels, or injecting themselves with insulin several times a day, some diabetics simply don’t heed the advice of their doctor’s because of the fear of needles.

The management of diabetes is today much easier, as several needle-free options have become available. These could include implanted devices, patches, and apps that all work together to help with the management of blood sugar levels. There have been some experimental trials done with contact lenses that sense glucose levels in the tears in the eyes of a diabetic.

While not all of these options are yet mainstream options, and in fact many of them are still in the testing or experimental phase, they all do offer great promise for diabetics.

In a decade or less we may even see a permanent cure for diabetes, which is a huge lifesaving step in the right direction for those who live with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The first step is to reach out to your doctor, and to ensure that you are working with an endocrinologist who has a focus on the treatment of diabetes. Together you’ll be able to determine the right course of treatment for the type of diabetes that you are living with.

Be certain that you take control of your health and your health care by researching available new treatments so that you can recommend them to your doctor. Doctors are not always informed about the most up to date research, and may not always be aware of any clinical trials that you may actually qualify for.

Diabetes can certainly be controlled well with a good healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and of course the right medications. Adding in better ways of testing your blood sugar, or of taking your insulin, can help you to get the best control over this illness. With all of the research currently being conducted around diabetes, it is quite possible that management of the disease will become easier, treatment will be more affordable for those who can’t perhaps afford the costs of testing supplies and insulin, and there is also the hope for a cure in just a few years.,,,

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Kelsey Harris

Associate Writer

Kelsey joined the Wavez staff in June 2019 and has been impressing readers ever since. She graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in English and specializes in our Health and Finance categories.