Managing diabetes with the traditional medications and blood sugar tests takes a lot of time and commitment. You learn to rearrange your whole way of life just for this one disease! There are no vacations from it, and you can’t skip even one day because the consequences could be deadly.
Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about all of that? If only your cells could just “learn” how to work properly? Well, today’s diabetes research is proving that soon, that could be a reality. That is exactly what Domenico Accili, a professor of medicine at Columbia University, is working toward.
Dr. Accili says, “Existing treatments fiddle with the disease, make it more palatable, more acceptable, and reduce complications, but they do not cure the disease.” So researchers have been looking more at the underlying dysfunctions of the diabetic system, and how they can effectively “fix” those problems.
He is convinced he can coax endocrine cells in the gut to change jobs and, in the process, reverse type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system is attacking the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. His technique of retraining the cells to function properly would be a complete game-changer for this condition.
The two most common forms of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Even though these two forms of diabetes develop in different ways, both create the same effect – too much sugar in the bloodstream that can eventually cause other health complications such as blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and limb amputation.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, although a quarter are living with it undiagnosed.
Modern medical science is making great strides to one day being able to cure diabetes, a long-standing chronic condition that takes hundreds of thousands of American lives each year.
For type 2 diabetes, research is showing that achieving total body health can effectively reduce symptoms, reduce the need for medication, and in some cases, reverse it. Programs like functional medicine are finding great success with this form of treatment. Functional medicine uses these proven effective techniques and provides custom treatment designed to fit each individual’s specific needs.
The future is looking bright for those suffering from diabetes as science is focusing their efforts on curing diabetes, not just finding the best medicines to manage it.