Diabetes News

In this section I will gather news about diabetes, whether related to my case in particular or interesting news about diabetes cure that appear in the media.

By Charlie G ❘ 2013

Continuing with this new section I’ve added to this website dedicated to scientific advances to cure diabetes, I will write today about an amazing news from February 2013. The research is being carried out by researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Center for Animal Biotechnology and Gene Therapy (CBATEG) in Bellaterra, Ciber network for metabolic diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Philadelphia, to try to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Apparently these researchers were able to completely cure type 1 diabetes in dogs by a single gene therapy session. It’s something they had already achieved with mice a few years ago, but now they wanted to apply it to larger animals, and the result has been positively pleasant. Four years ago a viral vector with curing genes was administered to diabetic dogs whose pancreas were not working. After four years […]

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I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now and when I read the news about the TV chef and cookbook author Paula Deen today announcing that she has type 2 diabetes and became the spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, I said: enough is enough! Apparently, Paula Deen has had diabetes for 3 years now, but she didn’t make it public until now. Considering that the recipes of her TV show are full of high fat and calorie foods, one might think, she should have said something before and maybe started reeducating her audience with better and healthier food choices, instead of continuing being part of the problem by encouraging people to cook such hyper-caloric meals. As many doctors and scientists affirm, diet is one of the leading causes of diabetes (clic that link to know other 21 possible causes of diabetes), so being diabetic and keeping cooking that way on […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

It seems to me that most people are totally unaware of diabetes facts. It is shocking how many people actually suffer from diabetes in the world today. The prevalence of diabetes is increasing rapidly especially in developing countries like China and India. The WHO (World Health Organization) attributes this partly to increased obesity, changes in traditional eating habits and a more sedentary lifestyle (you can also read my post “The 21+1 Causes of Diabetes“). If diabetes statistics continue at their present levels of acceleration, the WHO predict diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in the entire world within 20 years. Here are 9 diabetes facts you should keep in mind:   Diabetes Fact #1: In 2010, there were an estimated 346 Million people suffering from diabetes worldwide according to the WHO. Of these, 25.8 million live in the USA. The USA ranks number 3 in the world […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

We are again at this time of year, when everyone seems a bit more aware about diabetes and there are plenty good intentions. The truth is that many people are honestly and sincerely devoting their time and motivation to make life more bearable for those with diabetes. I take my hat off to those people. To whom I don’t take my hat off is to the companies or organizations that are apparently promoting (with words and advertising campaigns) the cure of diabetes, but in reality make it impossible for a cure to go public. That strikes me as the worst hypocrisy. But anyway, I didn’t want to talk about that, but what awaits me in this next “diabetic year”. It’s funny that just today, the World Diabetes Day I got in touch with a German doctor who claims to have patented a treatment to cure type 1 diabetes. I have […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Recently I read a news that I thought had to share with you all, especially the ones with diabetes type 1. Scientists in Israel are testing a new drug that can avoid the need for insulin injections. “It has been developed to block the process which causes the body’s immune system to attack the pancreas.” Since it stops the attacks to the pancreas, if your pancreas is still producing its own insulin, you could have a good chance to live without insulin shots. Therefore, this drugs seems to be aimed to newly diagnosed type 1 diabetics who still produce insulin. Trials are taking place at centres in Europe, North America, South Africa and Israel and they expect it to be available in 3 years. Let’s see if this is not another treatment to give us hope but is never available to the public. And if it doesn’t have side effects. […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Throughout the 18 years that I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes, I read a lot about the subject, visited different types of physicians, and tried different diets and alternative treatments. My research and experience made it clear to me that there are many possible causes for diabetes and, therefore, there are many types of therapies or treatments for it. I am providing a list of all possible causes (of either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes) that I’ve heard of or read about. Many of them will not be “officially” recognized as causes of diabetes, but if you know me you also know that “official” matters little to me! Since no one seems to know the exact causes, the list is more of a collection of hypotheses of possible causes. Many doctors and websites say that the main cause of diabetes is the body’s inability to produce insulin or […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

This time I come with good news, especially for those with type 2 diabetes. Two days ago newspapers and online news sites started publishing news referencing the discovery that British researchers have made in which diet can cure type 2 diabetes. In my opinion, this shouldn’t really be news today, because there are several methods (in this blog you can read about some of them) who long claim that with proper diet and sport diabetes type 2 can be reversed. Anyway, all the hype that is being given to this news will be good too. In a nutshell, they have discovered that taking a 600 calories diet for 2 months, type 2 diabetes disappears with the elimination of fat around the pancreas. This is also what they are doing in some hospitals to remove obesity (and diabetes) in obese people. Of course, such a treatment costs about $20,000. With the […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2010

A new case of successful stem cell therapy to cure diabetes type 1 and type 2. This time in China, carried out with people, not animals. Are we closer to find a cure for everyone? What do we, patients with diabetes, relatives and friends worldwide must do to make pharmaceutical companies and governments to take our lives seriously and to let us heal? Cellonis Diabetes Stem Cell Therapy: A Chance for Insulin Independence and the Reversal of Complications The second link is a video of a doctor who worked many years for Eli Lilly & Co., one of the largest manufacturers of insulin and pills for people with diabetes, in which he speaks of how dirty and corrupt the health-system is, and how naive and gullible we are all to obey doctors/pharmacists without questioning. Videos of Dr. John Virapen about corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, governments and doctors: Video 1 […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2010

It seems that good news are spreading lately, or at least hopeful news, for those who have diabetes. I am posting a link to a story about an experiment in mice that cured 50% of the critters with a single injection, which caused his immune system to cease the attack on its own pancreatic cells. With so many successful experiments of type 1 diabetes cure, I can’t believe that there is no treatment available on the market yet. Sciencedaily.com: Success in reversing type 1 diabetes in mice And another link to a video on an insulin pump to make daily life easier to those who want to carry it. Worth seeing and thinking about using one: Living without injections Are you using an insulin pump? How does that affect your life?: Please, share it with a comment.   Was this article helpful? Please, rate accordingly (1 star=Not at all, 3 […]

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Here we are again, November 14th, World Diabetes Day. Seems like yesterday when I wrote an article for this day last year. Another year has passed by and I don’t see any changes on the horizon for those who have diabetes. Instead of getting better every year, things are getting worse at times, with alarms of global epidemics of diabetes and obesity. And I wonder, what is being done to improve the situation, not just “trying to control” it but to cure diabetes permanently? What is being done with the money devoted to research in this field? With this background, I intend to write my “Letter to Santa Claus” on World Diabetes Day to ask for what I want. (After all, things shouldn’t be so difficult. Aren’t the government, ministries of health, health centers, doctors… supposed to work for us, for our well-being, for our health? Like a father does […]

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Stem cell transplant as a possible cure for type 1 diabetes has been under investigation for a few years. I try to follow the evolution of these treatments closely, and just today I read a story that made my day. A study by scientists from the universities of Chicago and Brazil has shown that auto-transplant of stem cells freed 20 of the 23 patients enrolled in the study from having to inject insulin. These scientists showed that stem cell transplants from the bone marrow of the patient (auto-transplant) can help to keep blood sugar levels controlled for years in people with type 1 diabetes without using insulin (according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association). The study was carried out in Brazil from 2004 to 2008, involving 23 people with type 1 diabetes, aged between 13 and 31 years old. 20 participants are still without insulin […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2009

Hi, everyone. Due to other personal projects I have been neglecting this blog a little. I will take today, World Health Day, to write a few lines. Just today I read some news that comes in handy to reflect on the current status of the health care system. The news can be summarized as follows: “The costs of care for this disease (diabetes), should appropriate interventions not be established, could bankrupt the health system of the country in the next decade.” The article refers to Mexico, but I think it is a situation that is affecting most countries and cities around the world, especially the “developed” world. It seems unbelievable, but the more money governments spend on treating some disease, the more cases of the disease (like diabetes) appear. According to the news I read, “In the last three years about 17 billion pesos have been invested in the construction […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2009

A few weeks ago I read an interesting story that was again hopeful for many diabetics who are waiting for a scientific cure for type 1 diabetes. The journal Cell published a new Canadian study with animals, where mice were injected with capsaicin, the substance that makes chili peppers spicy, and they were quickly cured of type 1 diabetes. Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto believe that Type 1 diabetes — the most serious form of the disease that usually appears in childhood — is caused by malfunctioning pain nerves that surround cells in the pancreas. In patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce sufficient levels of insulin, causing inflammation and death of insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas. Experts have long believed that the condition was caused by the body’s immune system turning against itself, but the Toronto researchers — immunologist Dr. […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Tomorrow, November 14, 2008, we will “celebrate” World Diabetes Day. For another year the opportunity has come to announce with fanfare that it’s a special day, dedicated to diabetes. I wrote “celebrate” in quotes because I do not think it is an occasion to celebrate. It is a very sad thing that there are more and more people with diabetes, and especially that the number of cases of children with diabetes is dramatically increasing. For me, personally, and with all due respect to those who strive to change things, this seems like a failure on the parts of our health system and government. Why else, since we have a technology thousands of times more advanced than 50 years ago, would the number of people suffering from diabetes increase exponentially? Isn’t it supposed to be the opposite: improving technology and science = improving health? Apparently not. In this case the technology […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Today I read an interesting story: An experimental drug for diabetes dispenses insulin in response to glucose levels. SmartCells biotechnology company in the U.S. is developing a drug that could do most of the work in the control of diabetes. The injectable drug, called SmartInsulin, detects elevated glucose levels and automatically dispenses insulin as needed. As glucose levels fall, the medicine is stabilized, retaining the insulin until the next sugar rush. A drug like this could reduce the number of required insulin injections per day. Todd Zion, SmartCells founder and president, says that a drug that is self-regulated like this can also reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, a potential danger associated with current therapies for diabetes. The company has tested the drug on hundreds of rodents and has recently been experimenting with pigs that do not produce enough insulin – models that are more similar to human diabetes. So far, […]

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