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When do you think that type 1 diabetes will be cured?


The word 'cure' means different things to different people, but think about what it means to you when you answer


Within the next 5 years






Within the next 10 years






Within the next 20 years






More than 20 years from now












I don't know






Total votes: 555


When do you think that type 1 diabetes will be cured?

Poll dates: May 1 - 8, 2005
Total Votes: 555

When my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 1989, we were told that science would likely have a cure within 10 years. Over the years, I've heard that statement repeated many times -- that is, science will likely find a cure for type 1 diabetes within 10 years. Cynics would note that, even today, the cure remains 10 years away. Optimists would cite the enormous progress that has been made over the years and that we're closer than ever to finding a cure.

As we noted in poll asking about how diabetes will be cured, doctors, scientists, and engineers around the world are working on many ways to cure type 1 diabetes. We tend to think that the cure will come from gene therapy or a closed loop pump (both 31%), rather than a transplant (14%).

While no one can say for sure when a cure for type 1 diabetes will be widely available, there is every reason to be optimistic that we will see dramatic improvements in how type 1 diabetes is managed in the relatively near future.

-- JSH

This table compares this week's results with the same poll we ran in January 2004:

Answer   May 2005   Jan 2004
Within 5 Years   9%   15%
Within 10 years   34%   36%
Within 20 years   29%   25%
More than 20 years   10%   8%
Never   9%   8%
Don't know   6%   5%

Note: 195 votes were removed from this week's tally because they were obvious duplications.

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