Hello! I'm taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, again this year to support Cory & help raise more money to support research.
There is a lot of research going on right now. For those who have just gotten Type 1 diabetes, there's research revolving around "resetting " that person's immune system, and because their immune system hasn't been "triggered" to attack the beta cells in the pancreas which make insulin, they may be able to produce insulin for 2 more years.
A "bionic pancreas" exists in experimental versions but will take a few more years before it's earliest incarnations. It combines a continuous glucose monitor, an insulin pump, and a computer algorithm that calculates appropriate doese of insulin from blood glucose measurements. It may provide perfect blood glucose control which would reduce the risk for complications & remove the threat of low blood sugar which is damaging to the brain.
Various methods of producing beta cells or creating them out of other cells that are already in the pancreas are being researched.
I see how Cory's life is so improved by good blood sugar control & also what an ongoing process that is for a child. I'm also well aware of risks throughout his life. So many researchers are now networked across the world & sharing information that truly the possibilities now of a real cure become more and more likely.
With the economy as it is, it is possible that government research grants will not be as plentiful. JDRF [Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation] funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide. Consider donating a small amount towards this cause.
Thanks for your love & support. Sincerely
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