I vote "no" for the money reason others above have mentioned. I've heard the same said about cancer research however there are some cancers which do seem to be cured so maybe that's wrong.
Is money for pumps, strips etc. still an issue? Certainly there are enough T2s now to cover all that. Surely all this research will pay off. I hope!
Yes... I believe there is already a cure, or there will be a cure soon, but insurance and pharma companies will never let it see the light of day because they make too much money off of drugs for people who need continual treatment.
That is a scary thought - and at the same time, almost a typical human story...we can conquer disease, but we can't conquer our greed...
We can only hope that that is not the case - and, of course, always continue asking for questions on how the search for a cure is going. As noted, the diabetes patients are largely alone on this - the higher-ups are looking at the money. It really has to be us to continue advocating and demanding for a cure.
I honestly think we will never see a cure for diabetes. If you look at it, diabetes is a money maker for the drug companies and companies that supply items for diabetes. If they find a cure many people will be left with out a job and will lose money. I was told by my finacial advisor to invest money in drug companies.
in 1970 a bottle of insulin was $4 ( about what an average persons hourly wage was) today insulin that is made synthetically and is much safer because of less risk from animal contamination (this means that drug companies insurance cost is lower) and should mean lower cost to produce is now $150 ( a 8 hour days wage at 18.75 per hour...) you better believe drug companies have everything to loose if there is a cure.. and test strips at $1 each... gouge...!!!!!
i agree, the amount of money ive spent in my life time is enough to get a house, there is no way prescription companies would alow the FDA to approve a drug that cures diabetes, its a life long paycheque.
I consider myself cured right now. I will never expect any big news and if it comes I won't believe it. The insulin I import from Britain provides a nearly normal life and I am thankful as after 52 years with type 1 I have no complications.
I believe the organizations that make money off us would rather not see a way out for us but I don't know if they have the ability to stop progress. Most people with diabetes do have insurance so the insurance companies are paying the majority of the money for supplies so you'd think they'd be for a cure or better treatment. Think about it, if most people had to pay out of pocket for their supplies the first thing people would give up if they can't afford is test strips. You can live without testing but you can't live without insulin. I buy my insulin in Canada for a 1/3rd of the cost here in the US. I think a non invasive meter is very realistic and not to far away from reality and if just one of them breaks the stick business will be gone. The main reason diabetes is so profitable is because so many people have it and at least type 1's have it the majority of their lives. If a cure was found for type 1's the type 2's would still keep big pharma more then happy. If I found out that a cure was realized but it is shelved due to loss of profit I would literally buy a machine gun and kill whomever was behind it. You'd see it on prime time news, trust me.
gary... i'd help you...!
being completely hypoglycemic unaware, i have to test 8-10 times a day.. my first warning sign of low blood sugar is when my heart stops beating and i stop breathing... i don't have a choice about testing often...why aren't the insurance companies lobbying for a cure... why isn't medicare and medicaid lobbying..the diabetes suppliers and pharmaceutical companies are certainly stuffing dollars into our government officials pockets...!
and don't forget how many people are earning salaries working for entities that are supposedly searching for a cure.
So the impression I get from the non believers is that the "cure" thing is nothing more then a scam and that all these groups that solicit money know dam well they aren't bringing a therapy to commercialization even if one did exist. If that be the truth then our its own fault for letting these organizations exist. If everyone stopped donating they'd all eventually run out of money. I really only support Dr Faustman anymore but there still is no way to know how legit she is nor what her true motive is. She seems trustworthy to me but then again the JDRF sounds sincere as well. Unfortunately I can't cure my own disease otherwise I'd just everyone else pretending to go F*** themselves.