Could A Diabetes Cure Be Right Around the Corner?

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    Cure for Diabetes on Horizon
    NewsMax Health
    January 6, 2007

    Diabetics may soon see a cure for their debilitating, life-threatening disease.

    Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto found that mice given injections of capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot chili peppers, cured mice of Type 1 diabetes almost immediately.

    The results astonished even the scientists who labeled their discovery as “the biggest shock of our lives.” Their findings indicate that diabetes is not a disease of the immune system, as has long been thought, but is a disease of the nervous system caused by faulty pain nerves in the pancreas.

    Immunologist Dr. Hans Michael Dosch and pain expert Dr. Michael Salter had noticed that the islet cells in diabetics were surrounded by massive numbers of pain nerves; they further noted that these nerves sent signals to the brain that the pancreatic tissue was injured, and believed that malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas could be the culprit. As a test, they injected mice that had Type 1 diabetes with capsaicin in order to kill the pain nerves in the pancreas. Almost immediately, the islet cells in the mice began producing insulin.

    “We had the shock of our lives,” said Dr. Dosch. I’ve never seen anything like it. In my career, this is unique.”

    “I couldn’t believe it,” said Dr. Michael Salter, one of the scientists involved in the studies and a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children. “Mice with diabetes suddenly didn’t have diabetes anymore.”

    Dosch and Salter later found that a single injection “cured” some mice for up to four months. They also found the treatment helped limit the insulin resistance that is characteristic of Type 2 diabetes. The two doctors hope to complete human trials within the next year.
     
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    Type 2 diabetes gene mutation link...
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    Gene Mutation Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
    March 09, 2011 - Discovery could lead to prevention, early treatment for those most at risk
     
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    possum thinks mebbe it changes the DNA...
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    US study probes how surgery makes diabetes disappear
    4/27/2011 - Operation may change metabolism in a way that dieting alone does not
     
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    Granny keeps tellin' Uncle Ferd if he don't get up off a couch he gonna get diabetes...
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    Prolonged TV watching 'raises diabetes risk'
    14 June 2011 - Couch potatoes beware, say researchers who link prolonged TV watching with an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
     
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    Reversible diabetes?...
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    Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed 'can be reversed'
    23 June 2011 - Researchers found that blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal in one week.

     
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    I've heard it's good for arthritis as well. Hope they find a cure soon
     
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    Scientists get closer to artificial pancreas...
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    Analysis: Scientists getting closer to artificial pancreas
    6/24/2011 — Researchers are coming closer to developing an "artificial pancreas," a long-sought system of insulin pumps and glucose sensors that deliver insulin to diabetics, mimicking the function of a real pancreas.
     
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    I hope they do have a cure soon!
    I know diabetes is a very crappy ass thing to deal with, and those who have it, will be happy to hear some good news.
    Now, if we can find a cure for cancer too....and other terrible diseases.
    But, this is a good start!
     
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    Scientists have been "curing" diabetes for years in labs. For a number of reasons, translation from lab to real world seems to make little progress.

    The stories about the "cures" always make the news. The follow up articles where the "cure" was found to be unreliable or even potentially dangerous never do.
     
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    Be cool if there were, but medicine today has more incentive to find a 'treatment'.

    EDIT: Not Medicine. The medical bureaucracy. It's the billing department that's driving medicine today.
     
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