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May 17, 2003

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Sonora, Mexico:

Where are we in terms of finding a real cure for type 1 diabetes? Is it more likely that a closed-loop insulin pump will be ready before the stem cells research or the xenotransplantation? How long could it take (5 or 10 years) for each option, and it is expected to be really expensive?

Answer:

Nobody can answer this question. Research is always too slow for someone with a specific disease. We continue to make good progress, and our understanding of diseases like diabetes continues to grow so, do not give up hope. For now, aim for the best possible day-to-day glucose control and work closely with a team of specialists to learn and utilize current treatment options.

SB