Diabetes Breakthrough- Potential of a Possible Treatment

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In a recent study that has shocked even those people behind it, a research team in a Toronto-based hospital claims they have evidence to prove that the body’s nervous system can trigger the onset of diabetes. The diabetes breakthrough research can be a big help in the search for the cure of the diabetes which affects millions of people around the world.

In a study conducted on mice, as with most diabetes and cancer laboratory experiments, the diabetic mice were reported to have been healed overnight after a group of researchers injected a substance which counters the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

Dr. Michael Salter, one of the researchers and an expert in pain management at the Hospital for Sick Children, supposes that he together with his other team members can’t believe what happened. The diabetic mice suddenly didn’t have diabetes any more.

But of course, since the experiment has been conducted with mice, the researchers said that they have yet to confirm if same results can be expected from humans. They expect to be able to complete this in a year or so. They clarify that it would likely take more years to develop a treatment that can be commercially used to help diabetes patients. Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, an immunologist at the hospital and one of the study’s lead authors, says that it does post a great potential as the result has been unprecedented.

The study contradicts the conventional idea that type 1 diabetes, the type of diabetes that presents itself as early as one’s childhood, is solely due to abnormal auto-immune responses, specifically the body’s immune system attacks itself.

They also reached the conclusion that apparently, there are far more similarities between the cause of type 1 and type 2 diabetes than what we’ve known all along. They also point out that nerves can also be related to other chronic inflammatory conditions like asthma and Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Christian Stohler, from the University of Maryland, who peered reviewed the study says that it is a life-changing and paradigm-shifting research that can impact how millions of people with diabetes would come to live their life. He expects drastic improvements in the field of research about diabetes treatment with this study. Millions of people in Canada and all over the world have diabetes and patients have to spend considerable amount of money for insulin injections to prevent further complications such as heart attack.

Pain scientists who have encountered the study are receptive to the research while immunologists have voiced their scepticism over the alleged results. Nothing is for sure yet as current efforts to see if this would be applicable to humans aren’t complete. But Dr. Salter said that the diabetes breakthrough research contains a great potential that could change the world.

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