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.
January 15, 2001
Question from Mumbai, Maharastra, India:
Is there any permanent treatment for this dreadful disease possible in the near future (one to two years)? Is there a possibility of temporary diabetes occurring in a child?
I don’t foresee a permanent (i.e. ‘restitutio ad integrum’ that is no more diet nor exogenous insulin need forever) treatment for type�1 diabetes over the next one to two years. This because either genetic therapy as well as islet cell transplants require a longer period of time to be safe for patients beyond the ongoing preclinical trials. You should review our many previous answers on these therapeutical approaches.
In the meantime, current insulin therapy, optimized towards the best metabolic control, is the safest procedure to stay healthy enough when the magic bullet will be definitively available.
The only transient form of diabetes occurring in a child is TNDM (transient neonatal diabetes mellitus) that lasts only for a short period after birth, two to three months.
[Editor’s comment: Please see: Research into a Cure.