By Charlie G ❘ 2013

The last 12 months I have been very busy writting my first book, which has been recently been published in spanish (one of my mother languages). It’s a 200 pages summary of 15 years of research, experiences, treatments, diets, natural herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc. that either I tested myself or that many people tested them successfully to control or even reverse their diabetes.

It has been very hard but at the same time I enjoyed every step of the process. And today I want to write about one of the chapters included in my book: scientific research towards finding a cure for diabetes.

Actually, I’ll open a new section on this website called “Diabetes research” where I will be adding some of the studies I write about on the book and new research that may appear on media.

At the time I was writing that chapter there were more than 6,000 studies and research related to diabetes. With so much research, one might think that they should have found a cure for diabetes. One constraint that is making the process so slow is that of the 6,000 clinical studies, less than 40 are aimed at curing this disease (you can find the studies for different diseases here: clinicaltrials.gov).

In my book I present 19 of those 40 more advanced studies aiming to reverse diabetes (some focused on type 1 diabetes, some on the type 2 and some more general to restore the proper functioning of the body, whether it lacks insulin or has it but the body can’t use it)

An important issue when discussing scientific research is donations. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance (JDCA), the annual amount devoted to diabetes research donated by the main associations and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. is about $218 million. JDCA criticizes that the donated funds, originally thought to find a cure to this disease, are used more for the control or prevention and what is dedicated to cure type 1 diabetes, which is the type that more urgently needs a cure of this kind is much lower.

The next graph shows the millions of dollars donated by the four main NGOs to research on type 1 diabetes between 2008 and 2011:

Graph with Donations to diabetes research

Source: Charity & Foundation with estimations from JDCA

 

It seems that it’s not the lack of money (although since 2008 donations to these projects have been reduced to almost half), but that money is used in the most appropriate projects.

Personally it seems obvious that there should be much more transparency and control of the money that people and organizations donate to these causes. The best thing a donor can do is to specify precisely how he/she wants that money to be used. To do this, simply include a letter with the donation (you can find more concrete instructions to do this here.)

According to the JDCA there are only five projects in human clinical phase that could lead to a practical cure in the near future. If a project proves successful in human clinical trials, it still needs between 5 and 12 years to move from Phase I to Phase III, but can last even longer if there is lack of funds.

In the coming weeks I will publish here some of the research that I have included in the book, in this kind of new section of the website I open today focused on scientific advances to find a cure for diabetes.

And now some questions for you (you can answer them in the comments section below if you want):

Have you already donated to a diabetes research project?

Did you specify how did you want your money to be used?

Are you better prepared now to donate to one of these projects to help find a cure for diabetes sooner?

 

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