A cure for Type 2 Diabetes? -- it's a natural question to ask if you've just been diagnosed with the disease. If that's the case, you're probably in a state of personal panic. I know I was, and two thoughts immediately came to mind: 1. Is there a cure? 2. Why me? Well... unfortunately #1 is a no. Regardless what the marketing world would like you to believe, there are simply no magic pills, super therapies or special cures -- especially for type 1, but not even for type 2 diabetes. However, just because there isn't a magic elixir doesn't mean it's time to panic or loose hope. You might be surprised how much control you really do have over your new condition.
Case Western Reserve University has granted an 18-month, exclusive option to startup Thermalin Diabetes Inc. regarding a portfolio of insulin analogs. The company must reach certain milestones in order to exercise its option to obtain an exclusive license on therapies designed to help patients with diabetes. Cleveland-based Thermalin Diabetes is developing treatments that it hopes will become an important part of the $12 billion, rapidly growing insulin market. Insulin is a therapeutic protein used to manage blood sugar levels. Innovations in the 1990s led to the introduction of insulin analogs with superior therapeutic performance. "This is one of the coolest technologies that we've seen, because of the potential to serve mankind, " said Joseph Jankowski, Case Western Reserve's associate vice president for technology management within the university's Technology Transfer Office.
In this two part series, I will discuss some of the key points about diabetes mellitus. We will cover what the disease is, its different types of manifestations, how it is diagnosed and managed and the importance of good diabetic control in reducing complications. The Importance of Glucose Before we discuss what diabetes mellitus is, it is important to understand the role of glucose in the human body. Glucose is the smallest unit that all sugars can be broken down into. Glucose is obtained from our diet when we eat carbohydrates. You can think of carbohydrates as being long chains of glucose molecules stuck end to end. When we eat foods that contain carbohydrates (starch, fructose, lactose) our body digests, or breaks down, these bigger molecules into the smallest unit called glucose.
UNC Scientists Coordinate Study To Determine Link Between Insulin Use And Cancer In People With Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are linked to an increased risk of certain cancers. Recently published studies suggested that insulin glargine (a synthetic insulin preparation marketed under the trade name Lantus), may be associated with a higher risk of certain cancers than other insulins or oral glucose lowering medications. However, these studies were unable to control for important factors such as obesity that may have driven the association. On the other hand, a large randomized trial designed to examine another aspect of diabetes care, which used insulin glargine in one arm, showed no increase in the frequency of cancer with glargine. To help resolve this important issue, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are coordinating a large, multi-site retrospective study on insulin users with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent type of diabetes, and is accountable for over 80% of diabetes cases world wide. It is commonly found in adults but sadly nowadays, many adolescents are developing this type due to an intake of excess food and a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise. How should it be treated? How should it be handled? The first step is that a diabetic must always be conscious of his blood sugar levels. A sufferer must check his blood sugar levels regularly to ensure it does not rise and when it does rises, takes effective steps to bring it down to tolerable levels. The next step is to curtail food intake. Basically, diabetes is caused when the body over a period of time takes in more calories than it can handle.
Preparing a healthy meal loaded with fresh vegetables seems like an easy thing to do. But for some people living with diabetes, having access to nutritious food can be difficult --- and may have a detrimental effect on their health and well-being, according to a new study led by Ryerson University. "Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires a healthy diet to manage the disease, " says Enza Gucciardi, an assistant professor in Ryerson's School of Nutrition. "Being food insecure and having diabetes appears to make this population extremely vulnerable to poor mental and physical health." According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, three million Canadians are expected to have this disease by 2010.