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Could diabetes be cured within five years with this new technology?


A new stem cell treatment that produces insulin may be the start of curing diabetes globally. 

“It’s a whole new life,” Shelton said in The New York Times report. “It’s like a miracle.”

“It is a remarkable result,” Dr. Peter Butler, a diabetes expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the report.

“To be able to reverse diabetes by giving them back the cells they are missing is comparable to the miracle when insulin was first available 100 years ago.”

Diabetes “contributing to 10%” of deaths in Qatar

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Normally, when that occurs, the brain signals the pancreas to release insulin, which acts as a key to letting the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

Those with diabetes either do not make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the body cells are not responsive to the available insulin (type 2 diabetes).

When there isn’t enough insulin, blood sugar stays in the body’s bloodstream and over time can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

Read also: Wearable technology could be the next big thing for diabetes. 

There has not been a cure for diabetes or any such hope until the latest medical discovery. Now, the study will continue for five years and will attempt to treat around 17 other people with a severe case of Type 1 diabetes.

If deemed successful, the study will give over 9 million people around the world who are suffering with the disease a chance to majorly change their life.

This will also have a major impact in Qatar, given that an estimate of 10% of Qatar’s total deaths is linked to diabetes. In addition, more than 17% of the Gulf nation’s population are known to have diabetes, which can greatly affect their health if not monitored and treated accordingly.

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