Are There Any New Diabetes Breakthroughs?

  • Posted By
    Victoria Stephens

  • Published On
    Sat, June 16

  • Reading Time
    4 Minutes

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. This life-saving discovery has helped to dramatically reduce the toll that diabetes takes on people’s daily lives. And thanks to modern day science, But there are plenty more diabetes breakthroughs to come.

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What’s Next In Diabetes Research?

Diabetes sufferers are typically reliant on regular insulin injections to manage their condition, as damaged pancreas cells are unable to produce the hormone. However, new research has flagged a potential new treatment that could eliminate the need for insulin injections altogether. In a world-first study, scientists were able to successfully ‘reprogram’ damaged pancreas cells, allowing them to produce insulin once again. While the findings are still in the early stages, this breakthrough offers hope for a more effective and long-term treatment for diabetes sufferers in the future.

Diabetes Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are important for finding the ultimate cure for diabetes. More money than ever is being funded into research. Upwards of $100 million this year. Doctors, researchers and pharmaceutical companies are confident that it’s not a matter of if, but when there will be a breakthrough.

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes clinical trials are enrolling now across the US.

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Manage vs Solving Diabetes

Whilst solving diabetes is the ultimate goal, in the short term it’s most important to ensure that your diabetes is properly managed. There are typically two ways that people manage their diabetes; proactively and reactively.

The reactive way to manage diabetes is to use insulin once you’ve seen that your blood glucose is too high. And vice versa if your blood glucose is too low.

The proactive way is preferable and involves actively monitoring your glucose levels and doing as much as you can to optimise your diet, exercise, hydration and sleep to keep everything at a more stable level.

In the modern age there are also a lot of diabetes related apps that can keep you notified and tracking your health condition. These prompts have been found to be particularly effective. There are also various different forums and support groups that allow you to share information and experiences with other diabetes suffers. This sort of connectedness has been found to be very beneficial.