Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults? What about the fact that people with diabetes are twice as more likely to develop heart disease? According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. So it’s more than likely that either you or someone you know may be afflicted with this life-altering disease.
Thanks to significant studies and scientific advancements, there have been several developments over the years to help manage the symptoms of diabetes. Though the fight has come a long way, nothing compares to the amazing breakthrough that has been made in the past few months. Diabetics never thought it possible, but now they can happily state they don’t have to worry about dying much earlier than their non-diabetic friends.
Heikki Hyoty, who is a Professor of Virology at the University of Tampere, has been leading a research group who are developing a vaccine which may prevent Type 1 Diabetes.
The new treatment, though it can’t cure existing cases, is a type of vaccine that will prevent new ones. Titled the Type 1 vaccine, it has shown promising results since it started and researchers don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. In 2018, they begun the first-ever clinical trials on humans. The clinical study has been broken down into three phases, the first in a small group of adults, the second in children, and the third, to investigate whether the vaccine will in fact prevent the onset of Type 1 Diabetes.
At the same time, Poxel, which is a French company, has decided to corner the Japanese market by releasing a drug, Imeglimin, which will target the liver, muscles, and pancreas at the same time to reverse the effects of lost mitochondria production. This oral drug has shown potential to lower glucose levels, and if successful, will continue in Europe and the United States.
Several other studies have also shown that intermittent fasting is another potential way to control insulin levels and blood glucose without the need for insulin; it has proven effective in the subjects that tested it. The study took three men who were all diabetic and had high blood pressure and high cholesterol; they were also on varying amounts of drugs and insulin to control their diseases. All three were put on different intermittent fasting schedules and stuck to it for ten months - it only took them all one month to completely eradicate the need for insulin. In continuing the regimen, two out of the three subjects stopped using any diabetes-related medication altogether while the last man discontinued two out of three of his prescriptions.
One of the best things about all of these new treatment options is that they are needle-free, and instead use other methods such as implanted devices and patches - much of which can be controlled and monitored through smartphone apps. The daily routine of pricking your finger to monitor blood glucose levels and injecting yourself to administer insulin may finally come to an end for the millions of diabetics in the U.S.
Since most general doctors do not specialize in diabetes and are not up to date on the latest treatments, don’t rely solely on them to determine your future. It’s crucial that you do extensive research and find solutions that you can present to your doctor, so that together, you can see if it’s the right course of treatment for you. Remember that every case is unique and that your medical care should be tailor made for you.