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New Diabetes Breakthrough: Scientists Are Closing In On Cure For Type 1

Scientists have managed to grow insulin-producing cells that can be transplanted back into patients. The hormone insulin is normally produced by “beta” cells in the pancreas. When this process fails it can lead to Type 1 diabetes. It is the first time healthy beta cells have been produced in a lab and experts say the development could hold the key to a future treatment or even cure. Professor Chris Liddle, who led the research team at the Salk Institute in San Diego, California, said: “It’s quite a big breakthrough. “This discovery will enable us to produce potentially unlimited supplies of transplantable cells derived from a patient’s own stem cells.” The team transplanted the new beta cells into diabetic mice and were surprised to discover that the animals were soon cured of their symptoms. While the study only involved mice, it is hoped the procedure could lead to a more effective treatment for humans. About four million people in the UK have diabetes. Type 1 is an auto-immune disease which cannot be cured, while Type 2 can be avoided by making lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise and eating a healthy diet. Charities and research bodies last night welcome Continue reading >>

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  1. mymedicalaccount

    My endocrinologist said I had "severe insulin resistance" as shown by an A1C of 5.7. She said I'm not diabetic or prediabetic yet, but that it's very high so I should watch what I eat.
    But reading here, it seems like a lot of you guys claim a normal A1C is 4.0-5.4 for someone who isn't diabetic. Does this mean I'm actually more diabetic than I think and in a really bad place?
    If it matters: I'm a 25-year-old female, 5'2", 107 pounds, no family history of diabetes, no family history of obesity, I exercise regularly (I walk for an hour every day and work out three days a week), and have been tracking carbs for years and never eaten more than 150g a day since my freshman year of college. I take Yaz, which I read does something about blood glucose control.
    It seems really weird to me that "diabetes" would even be a word my endo said in the first place, but that's another issue.

  2. br-54

    The current diagnostic criteria for A1C has 5.7 up to 6.5 as pre-diabetes. Anything over 6.5 is officially diabetic.
    The belief is that pre-diabetic indicates the beginning of a issue. And, since there's a feedback loop where high blood glucose can lead to dead beta cells in the pancreas and thus higher blood glucose, catching it early is best.
    150g of carbs per day for someone who is not diabetic is pretty low. Did you tell your endo your carb consumption? You might consider getting a glucometer and seeing what your post meal numbers are like.
    There are thin Type 2's and Type 1 does not just happen to children. I would discuss your current carb consumption and ask about an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test.

  3. mymedicalaccount

    I didn't mention it to her because, at the time, she didn't even give me the information that carbs were related to diabetes to begin with. I max at 150 carbs currently because I don't each much in general, and what I do eat, happens to be chicken breast or tuna from a can. I haven't gone over 120g of carbs a day in the past year, even if I binged on ice cream. Do you think telling her about how low of a carb count I'm already eating would make her reconsider what she said?
    I remember hearing from someone that the A1c test after fasting overnight is more reliable than an oral glucose test, and the oral glucose test is usually for people who are pregnant?
    Also, entirely unrelated, but a few years ago, I was on Prednisone because I had an irritable bowel disorder, hepatitis, and was around 80 pounds. The reason I actually started tracking carbs was because my old endocrinologist wanted me to hit 120. He told me being overweight is healthier than underweight.
    I read somewhere that having hepatitis (mine was caused by mono) can cause pancreas problems later on, and that Prednisone is super bad for your pancreas. Should I have mentioned that?

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