According to JDRF.org, Type 1 diabetes is defined as “an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.” This disease can affect everyone from children to seniors and onset can occur at any age. Each year about 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the United States.
A recent breakthrough has occurred that might mean major changes for those living with Type 1 Diabetes. Research coming out of Massachusetts General Hospital has discovered a common vaccine can reverse severe cases of Type 1 Diabetes. The eight-year long study tested to determine whether a common tuberculosis vaccine could have permanent effects on blood sugar levels.
The trial focused on treating people who have been diagnosed with the disease for a long time, for example ten, fifteen, or even twenty years. The study found that blood levels in participants decreased to near normal levels after 3 years and two doses of the drug. Reducing blood sugar levels and bringing them back to that near normal range can have other dramatic impacts on patients. This will also create a reduced risk of various health complications such as cardiac disease, blindness, or renal disease.
The findings are now being replicated in another trial that is currently taking place. The researchers spearheading this trial think it could also play a role in Type 2 diabetes treatment as well, although no studies are in place for that yet.
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