How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?
Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor
Human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression
Non-human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression
Gene therapy of some kind
Immune system therapy of some kind
A combination of the above
Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it
I don't know
Total votes: 382
How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?Poll dates: January 6 - 13, 2008
Total Votes: 382
Scientists, engineers, and doctors from around the world are working hard to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Some are working on bio-artificial techniques, such as implanted, continuous glucose monitors that control an insulin pump. Some are working on find ways to eliminate the need for toxic immunosuppressant drugs in islet cell transplants. Some are working on gene therapy to convert cells in the body to produce insulin, or to create a larger supply of islet cells for transplant. Some are working on drugs to alter the immune system to eliminate the underlying autoimmunity of type 1 diabetes. Some are working on vaccines to prevent people from getting type 1 diabetes in the first place.
While it is difficult to know which path will lead to a cure first, we all have reason to be hopeful that one or more of these paths will lead to a significant improvement in how we care for type 1 diabetes in the near future. With that in mind, the best advice we can offer our children and anyone with type 1 diabetes is to take the best possible care today so that you will be as healthy as possible when new treatments are available.
As in previous polls on this topic, more people think that there will be a technological "cure" than a biological cure, though in the true sense of the word "cure" this would really be very advanced therapy -- a point raised by several readers.
Answer Jan 2008 Jan 2007 Jan 2006 Mar 2005 Dec 2004 Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor 39% 43% 41% 31% 39% Islet transplants (human) without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression 9% 12% 16% 14% 19% Non-human islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression 7% -- -- -- -- Gene therapy of some kind 4% 3% 4% 31% 4% Immune system therapy of some kind 5% 3% 4% 2% 2% A combination of the above 12% 14% 13% 6% 9% Something else 1% 3% 2% 1% 2% Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it 7% 7% 8% 5% 9% I don't know 12% 10% 9% 7% 11%
For additional information, see:
- Diabetes Technology Meeting 2007
- Clinical Diabetes Technology Meeting 2007
- Diabetes Technology Meeting 2006
- Clinical Diabetes Technology Meeting 2006
- Diabetes Technology Meeting 2005
- Diabetes Technology Meeting 2004
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