Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 13, 2001
Question from Tel Aviv, Israel:
Are there any advancements in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes? If yes, is there any cure with 100% success?
There is now no ‘cure’ for type�1 diabetes. Recent Canadian work has shown that islet cell transplantation can be very successful, but the shortage of donor tissue and the need for lifetime immunosuppression remain as major disadvantages. A great deal of research is being done to circumvent both these problems by the use of various surrogate insulin producing cells such as porcine islets, stem cell derivatives and genetically engineered cells as donor tissue and encapsulation of these cells or the creation of microchimeras to get around the need for long term immunosuppression.
Success is likely to be many years away, but in the meantime, new insulins, new ways of administering insulin, painless ways of measuring blood sugars, and the ability to carbohydrate counting with the help of instruments like the Palm Pilot are doing much to make blood sugar control easier and less tiresome.