Diabetes Mellitus affects millions of people across the globe today. The 2005 national statistics report from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) shows that an estimated 21 million people in the US are diabetics. Furthermore, about 54 million have a pre-diabetes condition which when ignored, can develop into Type 2 diabetes.
Is there a cure for diabetes? Medical experts advise that the best way to manage diabetes is to prevent its onset. How? Through a healthy diet and lifestyle.Medical studies are presently being conducted to find a cure for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are trying to find a cure for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes using different approaches. These approaches include the Transplantation of the Pancreas, Transplantation of Islet cells (cells that produce insulin), development of an artificial Pancreas and Genetic Manipulation.
Each approach mentioned above presents challenges and have yet to be perfected. For instance, with the Transplantation of Islet cells, there is the challenge of keeping the cells alive before and during the transplantation process. Despite the obstacles, researchers have high hopes that a cure will sound be found.
Is Insulin the Cure for Diabetes?
Is insulin the cure for diabetes? People with Type 1 Diabetes are unable to produce insulin on their own so they need to take insulin shots to control their blood sugar level. It’s important to understand that injecting insulin should be done with utmost care.
If a diabetic with very low blood sugar level takes an insulin shot, it may cause adverse reactions in the body. These reactions include confusion, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, coma and death. Injecting insulin that is below the required range can also cause damages to a person’s internal organs (eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels).
What about people who have Type 2 diabetes? These patients either have malfunctioning Pancreas that produce too little or too much insulin or have developed a resistance to insulin. For them, their blood sugar levels can be controlled by eating the right kinds of food and leading a healthy lifestyle. Insulin shots are often not necessary.
Studies conducted by the ADA reveals that people with pre-diabetes condition can avoid developing Type 2 diabetes through healthy diet. Meanwhile, those who already have diabetes can avoid complications by leading a healthier lifestyle. Yes, enjoying life even with a chronic disease like diabetes is possible if you know how to correctly manage your health condition.