Link to Neurons in Pancreas as Diabetic Trigger

By PetiePal Latest Reply 2011-01-08 10:26:17 -0600
Started 2011-01-06 14:35:02 -0600

"Mice that had been given diabetes became healthy within 24 hours after medical experts introduced a compound to circumvent the effect of reduced neurons in the pancreas.

"I couldn't believe it," reported Dr. Michael Salter, an expert in pain at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the researchers involved in the discovery. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more." In essence, it appeared that this was a cure for their diabetes.

The specialists urge caution, warning that they still have to prove their study in humans, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or two. Any possible cure for diabetes that may develop is most likely to be years away from hitting the general public.."

10 replies

BandonBob 2011-01-07 16:23:30 -0600 Report

I think this makes sense. The loss in neurons is what caused my late wife's post polio syndrome and seeing her different systems shut down to to the loss of neurons makes me feel this may provide real hope for us.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-07 18:11:25 -0600 Report

My sympathies, also. West Nile Virus attacks the nerves and caused post polio type symptoms when I had it. It helped me understand how my Aunt felt who dealt with post polio syndrome. Many who have had WNV, especially the nuero invasive form, seem to have developed Diabetes post WNV.

CaliKo 2011-01-07 16:32:14 -0600 Report

My sympathies. I watched my uncle suffer from post polio syndrome and its not easy to see your loved ones struggle with that.

PetiePal 2011-01-07 08:40:06 -0600 Report

We can only hope this progresses research. Very interesting that nerves are the trigger..who would have thought.

jayabee52 2011-01-07 00:42:10 -0600 Report

I pray it turns out to be a cure. There have been so many false starts in animal studies searching for a cure, I pray that soon something will turn up we can use for a cure.

GabbyPA 2011-01-06 22:02:31 -0600 Report

I read this in your other post and it is very interesting! Promising. Good that people continue to think outside the box. We get so caught up into what we think is the path we should take and then there comes a fork in the road.