I often hear people sharing that when they were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their doctors sometimes (often) told them a rather specific time-frame for a cure - in the next 5 years, in the next 10 years....it surprises me, as I was never told anything of the sorts. "Diabetes is a life-long chronic disease, and that's that" was the message pretty much.
Maybe I did not have the most optimistic doctor...but I wonder what is worse - given hope for a cure that is not met, or not being told anything at all?
What did your doctor say when you were diagnosed?
I have no doubt that cures for chronic, non-contagious diseases are coming, but not in my lifetime. And I don't criticise organizations soliciting money to fund the scientific work necessary to find these cures.
It's just that I resent ignorant people who don't understand just how DIFFICULT it is. The old saw "If we could send a man to the moon, why can't we cure diabetes ( or cancer or whatever)" is just SO stupid. Curing these diseases is a million-fold more difficult than the simple engineering problems of sending a man to the moon. We don't even know enough about the basic science, let alone the pathways, genetics and abnormalities that cause these diseases. And I don't believe anyone is sitting on the cures, either -- maybe the iron lung industry didn't like the idea of curing polio, but there were dedicated scientists who turned their attention to preventing it, and also to easing the lives of people who had already contracted it. So I don't doubt that the cure will come, but I do understand that the breakthrough will come when the scientific knowledge has come together to make it possible.
i must agree with your notion that scientist aren't sitting on cures for diseases in order to gain profit.
I.E.: on the topic of polio, Dr. John Salk did not profit from the polio vaccine.
I was Dx'ed in 1993, never told by anybody to get ready for a cure. I just Hope & Believe that there will be one....someday.
Our endo said 10 years for cure, stem cells.... 5 years for AP...
Here are four AP trials I searched today, all for adults...
Even if a cure is on it's way, we will not know in advance when it will come out.
One thing is for sure, research and development is doing great progress and scientists have the most advanced tools ever.
If cures were discovered in the past with little tools or technology, i can only imagine of what's coming in the next 10 to 20 years.
Be optimist and have faith and keep taking your insulin until then.
i was diagnosed at 17. 37 year ago. My doctor a pragmatist said my my child could expect a cure and I could expect better treatment. So far he was pretty right. I do sense a cure, not those that vae t rather for those who might get it and better treatment.
now, He also said the cubs would win a world series some day. So far, he record is a little spotty. LOL
I was diagnosed when I was 8 and am now almost 35 years old. My doctor told my mother they would have a pancreas transplant ready by the time I was sixteen.
Diabetes,,,,,Cure? Lol.. Never happen. Actually I'm sure it's already happen, maybe many times over even. But it will never be out in the open. Sorry folks, It's all about the money. Think about having no more heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and all the treatments that go along with the things that diabetes contribute to. It would send the world into a financial tailspin. Drug companies RULE the world. I try and be a positive person but this subject really gets me fired up. Witnessed it first hand with Cancers. Diabetes is the same thing. Research will go on and on, and better products will keep coming out, at a price of course. But a cure will never be implemented into the mainstream and for SURE never covered by insurance.
Jason, you make good points, and I agree that if we rely entirely on the drug companies we will not see a cure for type 1 diabetes, or many other disease.
There is an alternative, however. The non-profits, like the JDRF, ADA, DRIF, Joslin are (supposed to be) sparing no expense in the search for a cure - that is their motto, that is their mission, and they are funded greatly by money from donors who want to see a cure. There lies our best chance, and that is where we need to continue pushing and advocating.
I know chances might seem small considering we are still far from a cure, but the truth is that science and medicine is always advancing...I do believe that one day we will have a cure.
I was never told there may be a cure coming... I was just recently diagnosed and the only thing I was told is with good management of this crazy disease I can live a mostly normal life.
For all of you that believe the cure is being suppressed by some black coat government agency I think you watch too much T.V. and too many movies. There are real people WITH diabetes working on this and I may not ever see it but that does not mean I will not work towards keeping the established agencies around the world funded by driving donations to them. I WILL work hard to do my small part in hopes of a prevention and hopefully a cure for those already afflicted.
Yes there are bad people out there that would rather see this money machine stay around but they do not hold a candle to the amount of people that drive the search for a cure. I am not saying that the medical industry is not full of crooks or insulin and other life saving drugs would be more accessible to those of us that truly need it to live. What I am saying is that the amount of people actually looking for a cure are as strong willed and in just as many "High Places" to get this cure to the public as those that may want to keep it quiet if it is ever discovered.
But for now I just keep my head up and live life the best I can. I support those in need and need those in support. I refuse to give up hope even after I am old and gray.
The cure is right around the corner
Are you sure?
At this point, treatment is your method
Injections, pumps, CGM's, finger-sticks, A1c's
Graft the spirit to an artificial pancreas,
Think like a pancreas drains my spleen qi
They call me sweet pea
And I say 'Cure' me
Just to hear it,
Sit with death,
Regenerate cells from bone marrow
Reprogram the genetic code
From stem cells
Brilliant! Diabetes no more.
Sit with death,
Starve in the presence
Reprogram the genetic code from food
Brilliant! Diabetes no more.
Move with death, become it
Into stillness become silence
Listen to the nothingness,
Stalk diabetes, kill it
Brilliant! Diabetes no more.
There will be no more death, no more suffering,
No more hungering, and cramping, muscle spazming,
No more thirsting, and dehydration, and frequent urination,
No more nausea, vomiting, fatigue, poor sleep, bad dreams
No more shaking, trembling, memory loss, confusion
No more loss of limb, blindness or kidney failure
No more highs, no more lows, no more meters to measure
No more insulin injection, no more insertions
No more lows, no orange juice or glucose tabs
No more external senses, listen to silence eternal
The Cure is here, get ready to receive the
birth of 0f it, This generation shall by no means pass away
...turtle dove love peace acupuncture