I am actually jealous of yours! ;-) 2261 and you lived. Wow. Well I was not bad for a 1980 diagnosis. Hah.
Yeah, I hear what your saying. 32 T1 years of habits are hard, but I think baby steps I might get there. Thanks.
I say NO to a cure... I think it is possible there will be something that will prevent new diabetics within my lifetime; maybe a vaccine of some kind.
I think there will be a practical cure (e.g. a way to control blood sugar that does not require constant work, like the artificial pancreas, smart insulin...) during my lifetime. I'm 37 right now :)
No, I really don't believe so. Still, I'm amazed at all the negative answers. My pet peeve is all the money spent on research that goes nowhere. Surely medical research is a cash cow that is totally unregulated. Look at all the pink in October, and nobody asks where all that money went, and what concrete help it brought to cancer.
Some of the reasons appear in sixuntilme blog entries about the artificial pancreas test done by one of the auteurs:
I am still not a big fan of the AP as I think that I could beat one realatively easily but the fact that the trial was "cut short by vomit" doesn't make me wildly optimistic about it's prospects.
I think that's what's needed is a revsion to the current paradigm of "see your doctor every 6 months if you behave yourself or 3 months if you don't..." with more responsive care and communication with medical providers. I'm not sure how to fund it though. I think that message boards are a good substitute but there's probably not that many people willing to jump right in to taking advice from people named AcidRock or who look like Alfred E. Neumann...
I may have answered this one before. I would guess that answer would be NO as well.
http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/five-trials-currently-in-t... - some interesting new information on this
It will be cured by one of those socialist countries where it is actually cheaper to cure a disease than maintain it. http://cureresearch4type1diabetes.blogspot.com/2012/01/zhao-et-al-t...
That's a good point James - in fact, I would argue that in any country, including the U.S., a cure would be cheaper. Mostly because a cure will hopefully be one process, or one campaign. Living with diabetes, as all of us know, is very expensive and there are a great deal many thing we have to consider and pay for.
It is a basic truth that the major foundations shy from but we need to pressure them in order to get on track in the search for a cure.
I have heard for several years that they were real close to finding a cure. But I don't think there will be any time soon.