31 Oct Are We Close to a Cure? Hope for Diabetes Patients with Latest Treatments
The advances in medicine and health has given diabetes patients hope that they may be close to cure the disease as a range of the latest treatments helps people struggling with diabetes better manage it. In such a short time solutions have been found to some of the most pressing problems diabetics deal with on a daily basis.
Joe Martino from collective-evolution.com reports that scientists have discovered that Bitter Melon, a type of fruit that grows well in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, has been shown to be effective in managing blood sugar. The effect is not as strong as treating diabetics with Metformin, however, the active compounds in Bitter Melon that is responsible has not been isolated.
Trial participants in a 2011 study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, took 2000mg of Bitter Melon each day and results indicate it was effective in managing spikes in blood sugar and overall management of the disease.
The express.co.uk reports scientists have discovered a potential cure for both types of diabetes. It may be possible, writes health reporter Mark Reynolds, to take a pill which scientists claim can potentially cure diabetes. The pill works by changing the point of blood glucose management from the pancreas to the patient’s intestines.
Leading research author, Professor John March and his colleagues at Cornell University in New York engineered a strain of a common gut flora, Lactobacillus, to release a peptide. This peptide is a hormone that stimulates release of insulin into the bloodstream in response to eating food.
Professor March was upbeat about the prospects of the developments for diabetics saying that diabetics may “…just take the pill and wouldn’t have to do anything else to control their diabetes.” Though, he did note that it would be likely that the new treatment would be used in tandem with other medical interventions.
Diabetes sufferers experience high-levels of blood glucose levels, which can be dangerous as the disease is linked to obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, blindness and limb amputations. Very high levels of blood glucose can also cause sufferers to fall into a diabetic coma which can be deadly.
In type I diabetes the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin or too little insulin to assist the glucose in the blood to enter the cells where energy will be used in cellular activity. Type I diabetics require synthetic insulin to help their body process sugars.
Type II diabetes occurs where the insulin the body produces doesn’t work properly. This causes what is known as insulin resistance. The cells may also stop responding to insulin. As a result sufferers can experience severe fatigue and may not be able to reduce weight through diet and exercise as their metabolism fails to work properly. Excess body weight can often be a clue that someone may have Type II diabetes.
A probiotic pill may face fewer hurdles in being approved for use by drug authorities.
“One of the things that’s useful about probiotics,” says Professor March, “is that they’re generally regarded as safe.” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not require the same level of testing before approving probiotics for use in the treatment of diabetes.
“They’re already available, people already take them, and they haven’t had any adverse side effects.” Said Professor March. There are further animal trials ahead for the new pill. If they are successful, says March, it may become available for human use.
Diabetics struggling with their disease may soon have hope to break free of their condition.
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