Every individual diagnosed with diabetes asks this question – is there a cure for diabetes? Well, the answer is no. There is still no known cure for diabetes although there are several treatment options that you can choose from to control or manage the disease.
The diabetic community has three options. The first option is to effectively prevent the disease; secondly, to be able to treat diabetes and thirdly, to care for diabetics to avoid devastating complications. Different agencies and organizations are still conducting continuous research to come up with a cure for the two types of diabetes.
Here are some of the medical options for ‘curing’ diabetes:
1. Pancreas transplantation
2. Islet cells transplantation
3. Artificial pancreas
4. Genetic manipulation
Researchers are still trying to achieve consistent progress in these areas but they are faced with challenges like finding adequate muscle or fat cells, the rejection of the patient’s immune system, keeping the cells alive (transplanted ones), and many others.
If you think insulin can cure diabetes, you’re wrong. Even if you constantly inject insulin, it is still not an assurance for being cured from diabetes. Through insulin injection, a diabetic will be able to survive the condition because the level of blood sugar is controlled. Insulin injection may not always work all the time because if the individual continues drinking too much alcohol, eat unhealthy food choices, and don’t exercise regularly, the blood sugar can’t be controlled. That is not the only problem because if too much insulin is injected in the body, the individual might develop hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia develops when there is too much insulin in the body and this can cause a person to collapse frequently and eventually, become comatose.
A visit to the doctor and thorough administering of the diabetes treatments is necessary to avoid complications. As you can see, diabetes can further affect the blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, heart, and eyes. Insulin injection can’t restore the normal production of the hormone through the pancreas. That’s why studies are now conducted about pancreas transplantation or that of the islet cells. These islet cells are responsible for producing insulin. The question is – are there enough supplies of pancreas? Are there donors? Can researchers effectively develop pancreas for the transplantation?
Another important procedure is genetic manipulation. In this procedure, the gene of human insulin is inserted into the muscle or fat cells to aid normal insulin production. This is a complex procedure and experts are still waiting for some progress in this particular procedure.
For now, the best way to combat diabetes is through prevention. Millions of people are suffering from diabetes and they are trying very hard to manage their health condition through continuous medication and treatments. Aside from administering drugs, patients also undergo therapies so that they can live normally despite their condition.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
Well, hopefully there will be in the future. Diabetics are hoping that today’s advanced medical technology can come up with a cure for this life-long disease. For now, you can settle for the conventional medications and alternative treatments. It is also time to introduce gradual changes in your diet and lifestyle because these are external factors which have a great impact on your health condition. Good luck to all diabetics. Science has a way and perhaps in the coming years, researchers can discover a cure for this dreaded disease.
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Charlene J. Nuble
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