Diabetes Spotlight: Breakthroughs in 2015

If you’re a person living with diabetes, or know someone who is, you’re aware of this blood glucose disorder and its often devastating health effects. Type 1 Diabetes (also called Juvenile Diabetes) is an autoimmune disease that strikes children as well as adults and occurs when the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin the hormone that helps us obtain energy from food. Type 1 has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which insulin is still produced but can’t be used by the body effectively, often as a result of obesity and an unhealthy diet. It can often be treated with diet and lifestyle changes, as well as oral medications and sometimes requires injected or pumped insulin. Last year saw a variety of promising breakthroughs and discoveries that could help people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes:
  • Researchers at Harvard University developed a new way to quickly convert stem cells into beta cells which produce and store insulin an important step in finding a cure for Type 1.
  • University of Miami doctors completed a minimally invasive transplant of insulin-producing cells into a woman, helping her produce insulin for the first time since she was diagnosed with Type 1, 26 years ago.
  • Clinical trials for a first-ever insulin pill, developed by scientists in the U.S. and Israel, are underway. The pill is being tested initially on Type 2 patients and, if successful, promises to one day replace insulin injections.
  • A recent Ohio State University study suggests a work-based dietary intervention program focused on increasing moderate exercise and reducing calories and fat may be effective at reversing pre-diabetes and preventing diabetes.
Do you have diabetes? Share your stories and suggestions with other members in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!
  Did you know? Pre-diabetes is a real concern While 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, another 86 million or 1 in 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Without weight loss and physical activity, they’re at risk of developing Type 2 within 5 years. Ask your doctor if you’re at risk! (Source)

60 thoughts on “Diabetes Spotlight: Breakthroughs in 2015

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  2. Please share your thoughts and experiences about living with


    Knowing about diabetes has been of interest to me since I have come to know

    people who have it. It seems to be a very devastating disease. The research for a

    cure gives me great hope that one day the disease will be covered in the medical


    I know Pre-diabetes is a real concern. I know weight loss can be of help.

    I have attended a nutrition class that contained knowledge on Diabetes. It was

    really great to know how much it can be of help.

    I am more aware of Type 2 Diabetes.

  3. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 43 yrs.I have no memories of never taking. Shots suck I can’t wait for acure! Get off your buns and make a pill.or asking for body spray.

  4. My sister is type 1. We were just young kids when she was diagnosed (she was 11, I was 10). We are now 55 and 54. The doctors told my parents that she might live to be 40. She had a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2008. She is no longer insulin dependent. No more 6 shots a day. Yay!!! But through stem cell research hopefully there will be a cure real soon.

  5. People with diabetes will have some hope in the future that they can stop having too test their super all the time and maybe just maybe they stop taking a shot all the time and just feeling bad from high blood sugar are low blood sugar

  6. My Diabetes 2 often referred to by my Dr. as brittle diabetes, whereas my lows are too low and my highs are too high. Perfect set up for comma or another heart attack!;and I’ll be the first to slack off my preventative measures. Diet is bland exercise, limited. Insulin injections up to 5xdaily. I would call this the worst disease ‘Ever’ . I must remain tolerant and consistat. Somehow.

  7. This article was very informative. I recently, in the past year, was diagnosed and have found it a slight difficult changing my diet to support my condition as well as my cardiac condition.

  8. I’m very interested in learning more about the pill it’s concept to help people who have type 2 diabetes.this is one of the most interesting topics FOR me today.FOR I have diabetes 2 & have had for about 6 years now.

  9. Hi I am Patrick McBride age 40 been a diabetic since age 3. In 2009 got fired from Walmart if any lawyers want to help me feel and write me. Also my insulin sometimes both squirt out of me and I have type 1.

  10. What about the trials on removal the duodenum to reduce or eliminate the problem of diabetes?? It is currently happening in Canada and other countries. Why not the U.S.?

  11. I have a son with diabetes since he was 17 years old and now utilizes a wrist monitor which indicates his blood sugar level at any given time , which seems to work for him at the present time but, it would be nice to not have worry about it at all times.

  12. Yes I’m type 2 ànd I Would like to stop taking pills for my condition.I try to eat healthy and do exercise.IM suppose to take my blood daily no way my fingertips hurt.SO when my toes tingle I cut back on starch and all sugars.I have my A done every 3 mo.I hope I never have to take insulin shots I hate needles.Why couldn’t there be a medicine strip to put on your arm like they have for smokers?

  13. I found that exercise is a very important key to help maintain your blood sugar. I have type 2 diabetes and find exercise, smaller portions at meals, healthy foods (green veggies, carrots,& fruit are also important. It’s not always easy to stick to this regime, but remember, your health depends on it . Also (palm size) pieces of fish, chicken & meat are important. Thank you for letting me have my say….Good luck to all who are inflicted with this disease..

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