The story in Sky News "Type 1 Diabetes: Vaccine Could 'Delay Onset" instills hope for the future of families living with type 1 diabetes — and has the promise to be one of the largest medical breakthroughs in the 21st century.
According to Dr Alasdair Rankin, Diabetes UK's director of research, "a vaccine for type 1 diabetes that could transform the lives of those at high risk of the condition could be available within the next 20 years."
Dr. Rankin goes on to say that the initial vaccines may simply delay the onset and not prevent the disease altogether; allowing the high risk individual to live longer without the diagnosed disease. This is music to my ears with my family's high risk status — two people are currently diagnosed in our family unit, and a family history of diabetes is one of the known risk factors. Having certain genes is also another factor for increased risk of type 1 diabetes.
Sky News states "it (the vaccine) would represent the biggest single breakthrough in diabetes research since insulin was first successfully used to treat type 1 diabetes 91 years ago." That's a bold statement, but in this case, one that might be backed up in reality given what a diabetes vaccine could mean for families like mine.