Cure for Type 1?

J Kate
By J Kate Latest Reply 2013-05-19 13:26:50 -0500
Started 2013-04-10 10:23:02 -0500

Over the last 16 years since my son was diagnosed with type 1 I have been told about studies and hope for a cure. I used to get very excited, but now I tend to take it with a grain of salt. They reported last night about a study done with two drugs that were created as a cure for cancer, but in this study appears to be a cure for Type 1 diabetes. I found the study interesting, but sort of also won't be holding my breath.
What do you think?

14 replies

old biker
old biker 2013-04-11 16:10:40 -0500 Report

They will find a cure the day they figure out a way they can make more money off the cure. Then opposed to treating someone with meds for their whole life.
Treating diabetes T1 and T2 is big bucks.. Lets say they do find a cure and wipe out either types of diabetes a lot of health care providers will take a major hit in their pocket book.I truly hope I am wrong but I don't see a cure happening anytime soon

J Kate
J Kate 2013-04-11 16:40:54 -0500 Report

Lots of truth there. Insulin came from Canada, perhaps a cure will come from a country that pays the medical bills instead of reaping the profit. It really irks me that teststrips cost a dollar a piece and none of that money goes towards a cure. I would be happy if even a portion of it went to help people who were struggling to get their supplies or had no insurance.

lawgal 2013-05-19 13:26:50 -0500 Report

God!!!! I hear you Kate and old biker!!! I don't think they will put out a cure either. I think they already have one. I agree with old biker dude. They make too much money on us diabetics to give us a cure.

PetiePal 2013-04-11 08:43:04 -0500 Report

Research is still very young but the idea is that they repair the beta cells in the liver, and may be a cure for Type 1s. I wouldn't hold out too much hope in the short term, but in his lifetime we may see some great advances.

Does your son use a pump? They can have pretty much a normal life with a device such as that.

J Kate
J Kate 2013-04-11 09:50:56 -0500 Report

He does use a pump. I love it. Trying to balance shots was so hard. I'm grateful for a basal. Makes life SO much easier.

PetiePal 2013-04-11 10:08:39 -0500 Report

And that's totally a livable way too, for Type I's it IS something that just has to be lived with. Many 2's like myself too but there's still some hope we can turn it around.

We can hold out hope but not if Bret Michaels keeps getting fired on the Apprentice and can't donate more to the Diabetic Association :P

MoeGig 2013-04-10 18:21:50 -0500 Report

Hello Ms Kate: Have been Type 1 for nearly 50 years and this certainly sounds promising. I am a little skeptical, however, since I haven't heard anything about this from any other source…and I don't really trust nbc news. But, if it were to work out and be true, if would be fantastic. I would say, for now, however, your focus should be on doing whatever is necessary to assure that your son maintains good control. This is the most important thing and it's not really all that difficult. Once someone goes for months out of control, then complications set in that are irreversible…then it becomes a horror show. I've been fortunate to be fairly disciplined all this time and have avoided these difficulties. I wish you good fortune to you and your son.

J Kate
J Kate 2013-04-11 09:53:15 -0500 Report

I thought the same thing. If it is so promising- why isn't anyone else talking about it? I'm curious to see if any other reports come out. I was mostly interested because the drugs have already been through FDA approval, so it would shorten the process. Your right though, just focus on what we can do now. Great advice- thank you!

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