Thursday, April 17, 2014

Can Diabetes Be Stopped?
Can Diabetes Be Stopped?
Recently, the question was asked: “Can diabetes be totally cured? Could there be any medicine that may cure diabetes totally? ”

My reply:

You possess asked a similar questions everyone else considers, and therefore everyone hopes can have a response soon. Unfortunately, the very idea of “cure” doesn’t often relate to diabetes.

That’s because diabetes isn’t an individual disease, but an accumulation of different disorders, most of which are autoimmune, nearly all of that happen to be genetic, and each of which involve either the destruction of your pancreas’ power to make insulin, or maybe the body’s power to use insulin appropriately (or both). Instances of the different kinds of diabetes that might need different ways to be cured: type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes, type 2 (insulin-resistant) diabetes, MODY diabetes (which is in reality a name covering no less than 12 different monogenetic sorts of diabetes), post-surgical diabetes (after pancreatectomy surgery), bronze diabetes (medically called hemochromatosis), chemically-induced diabetes (for example the diabetes induced by Agent Orange) and Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes. Therefore, any cure that eventually could possibly be developed would most likely only affect a share of those who definitely have one of several many forms of diabetes, and wouldn’t be more likely to cure any one of the other diabetes.

Since diabetes has different causes, it’s also no great surprise that there’s no single medication that could control, much less cure, the various sorts of diabetes. Some of the forms can be readily treated without the hassle of injections and the risk of weight and hypoglycemia gain that come with insulin therapy, even though giving insulin by injection is probably the closest to a magic bullet to treat the hyperglycemia of all the forms of diabetes.

Would be pancreas transplantation - or better still, transplantation of the islet cells of the pancreas, although the closest to the idea of a medication to cure diabetes, from my way of thinking, isn’t a medication per se. At the price of the patient instead needing to take toxic anti-rejection drugs to decrease the odds that the body will reject the transplant, although such transplants have been tried for many years in patients with type 1 diabetes, and occasionally results in the patients remaining off insulin supplementation for long periods of time. There is a rare form of diabetes that can be prevented by transplantation, by the way: in patients who happen to be undergoing surgery to take out the pancreas for the condition called chronic pancreatitis, it’s easy to autotransplant their islets in the pancreas that’s being removed and implant them in the patient, thus preventing diabetes from developing.

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