Medical advances improve the quality of life for Diabetics

Find out about some of the most modern strides taken to combat type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Improved quality of life for diabetic sufferers.

Living as a Diabetic is easier nowadays than it was 50 years ago and, similarly so, when compared with just 10 years ago. Medical science and research efforts have continued unabated, as Diabetes diagnoses increase across the globe. Here are a few scientific endeavours which aim to benefit Diabetic people:

A vaccine for both Tuberculosis and Type 1 Diabetes:

It’s quite common for a medical product, such as a vaccine for an illness or disease, to have unintended – or unexpected – side effects when handling another medical condition, illness, or disease. One such case is the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine. Used as a vaccine for Tuberculosis (TB), the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine has been found to help regenerate insulin-making cells within the human body. This means it could help to reverse the effects of Type 1 Diabetes. Initial research results have shown promise, with research study participants showing positive progress when it comes to reversing the effects of Type 1 Diabetes.

A vaccine for Type 2 Diabetes

The escalation of Type 2 Diabetes cases across the world has scientists concerned. That’s why work was initiated to develop a vaccine for Type 2 Diabetes. At the University of Iowa, a distinct correlation between Type 2 Diabetes and bacteria appeared.

Having found a link between the proliferation of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria and the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in rabbits, scientists have now begun formulating a gel that could help to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, and a vaccine for managing Type 2 Diabetics.

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A patch to replace Diabetic insulin injections:

Having to inject yourself with insulin may form part of your journey as a Diabetic. But, thanks to medical science and innovation, you may soon be able to eliminate the injections. A high-tech patch that sticks to the skin like a plaster, has been developed.

The patch monitors your blood glucose level while automatically administering insulin to your bloodstream, using a series of microneedles. This means you won’t have to worry about making time to inject insulin, and the patch need only be replaced every few days. This innovative intervention for Diabetes management might just change everything when it comes to the Diabetic lifestyle.

Similarly, new technologies that make blood sugar level monitoring easier, could also remove more of the uncomfortable needles that form part of your life as a Diabetic. Instead of using small needles to conduct regular finger prick blood tests, low-powered lasers may soon be used worldwide to obtain blood glucose level readings.

An artificial pancreas

Your body’s insulin is released by your pancreas. It’s the insufficient or overwhelming amount of insulin produced that Diabetic treatment programmes aim to manage. But, rather than relying on your own organ for this important health management process, it may soon be possible to rely upon an artificial pancreas, that could manage the release and manufacturing of insulin for your body.

Sources:

Current Research into Cures for Type-1 Diabetes. 2020. [online] Available at: <http://cureresearch4type1diabetes.blogspot.com/> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

Diabetes. 2020. Artificial Pancreas. [online] Available at: <https://www.diabetes.co.uk/artificial-pancreas.html> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

Express.co.uk. 2020. [online] Available at: <http://www.express.co.uk/> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

Iowa Now. 2020. Bacteria May Cause Type 2 Diabetes. [online] Available at: <https://now.uiowa.edu/2015/06/bacteria-may-cause-type-2-diabetes> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

Sky News. 2020. [online] Available at: <http://news.sky.com/> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

The Telegraph. 2020. [online] Available at: <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/> [Accessed 17 August 2020].

We all have questions.

Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.

Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?

“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.

What is the normal HbA1C level?

It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:

 

  • 4 – 6% Non-Diabetic range. 
  • < 7% Well-controlled Diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable Diabetic control > 8% 
  • Poor Diabetic control needs attention.

What is the main cause of Diabetes?

Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes can be caused by either genetics or lifestyle choices.

What are the first signs of Diabetes?

  • Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
  • Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
  • Significant weight loss or gain.
  • You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
  • Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.

Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?

Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, as either a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.

Can I test myself for Diabetes?

Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm a Diabetes diagnosis. This is because a series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.

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