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Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have indicated in a study, published in the journals Nature Medicine and Nature Biotechnology, that they are getting closer through research to a possible type 1 diabetes cure. The American Diabetes Association reports that approximately 1.25 million Americans are affected by type 1 diabetes. You can help find a cure of diabetes when you donate a vehicle to charity.

More About The Study

Last year the Harvard Stem Cell Institute were able to create beta cells which are able to store and release insulin. The beta cells where the first step, and now with the new development they can implant a device that can possibly prevent the beta cells from being compromised by an attack on the immune system for upto six months. This device will allow the beta cells to produce insulin, uninterrupted.

More About Diabetes

A lifelong condition, diabetes, causes the glucose (blood sugar) in a person to get too high. The pancreas kills off the beta cells when a person has type 1 diabetes, because it is an autoimmune disease. Currently the most common treatment for people with type 1 diabetes is insulin injections. Researchers are looking at ways to keep the beta cells from being attacked by it’s own immune system. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Type 2 diabetes is different than type 1 diabetes and more that 29.1 million people in America suffer from type 2. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by proper diet and exercise, where type 1 can not because it is an autoimmune disease.

Expense of Diabetes

People with diabetes spend an average of $13,700 every year on medical expenses. These expenses are more than twice what other people spend who don’t suffer from diabetes.

Next Steps

Researchers next step in the new developments for a cure for diabetes is looking forward to preliminary clinical trials. If the scientist could prove that the implanted beta cells could be protected from an immune attack allowing the body to produce signals for insulin, the body would be able to avoid complications to the disease, this would be viewed as a cure to type 1 diabetes