Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This could be good news

My wife became diabetic at age twelve. She has been lucky. Her control has been good. She has no complications. We do worry about our daughters. Janine takes them in every year for some tests. Sometimes they can tell a person is becoming diabetic before they are a full blown diabetic.

This could be exciting news - UT Southwestern doctor reports 'intriguing' diabetes breakthrough:

A Dallas-based researcher says he’s pulled off a medical first: successfully treating mice and rats dying of insulin-dependent diabetes without using insulin.
Dr. Roger Unger, chair of diabetes research at UT Southwestern Medical School, is quick to warn that practical applications, if any, are years away. But the research team he headed used high levels of leptin, a substance naturally produced by fat cells, to somehow reverse the otherwise fatal effects of diabetes.
If the experiment is repeated in other labs, and then if leptin can be adapted to treat humans, it might offer the first alternate to the multiple insulin injections used by millions of people who have type 1 diabetes, Dr. Unger said.

(Hat tip: Digg)

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maya said...

have you read disease-proof your child? it might not help, but it might.

Henry Cate said...

I haven't. I'll check it out.