The historical site known as the birthplace of insulin is marking World Diabetes Day by launching a virtual exhibit showcasing some of the thousands of letters penned to Frederick Banting, the Canadian scientist who co-discovered the life-saving medication almost 100 years ago. The exhibit, called Dear Dr. Banting, was co-curated by Kat MacDonald, a Western University student […]
Happy Birthday to Us!
We kick off National Diabetes Awareness Month with our 2nd birthday! Happy Birthday to us! Let’s find a cure already!
Insulin-Producing Cells May Last Longer in People With Type 1 Diabetes
Key Takeaways Researchers have found that people with Type 1 diabetes may retain beta cells for much longer than previously thought. Healthcare experts say that the study’s findings do not necessarily mean that insulin treatment and beta cell replacement therapy are no longer needed. Researchers are seeking to develop a cure for Type 1 diabetes […]
Glucose-lowering drug can protect the kidneys in patients with type 1 diabetes, study shows
A glucose-lowering drug commonly used in patients with type 2 diabetes, can protect the kidneys in patients with type 1 diabetes. According to results shown in a new study published in the Lancet. This can be huge and cause many to switch treatments. Chronic kidney failure is a major problem, leading to both suffering and […]
How a Virus Can Trigger Diabetes
According to the World Health Organization, around 1.6 million people worldwide died due to diabetes in 2016. It is estimated that 425 million people are living with diabetes all over the world. By 2045, projections show this number rising to some 629 million diabetics globally. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the pancreas […]
Overcoming Alcohol Addiction with Type 1 Diabetes
“Unfortunately, I see alcohol and substance abuse fairly frequently in (the type 1 diabetes) population,” says Kristine Batty, a diabetes care and education specialist (DCES) in Maryland. “Diabetes and depression are so common, so there’s a lot of self-medicating that goes on, mostly with alcohol,” explains Batty, a veteran healthcare provider who’s focused on diabetes […]
Could an ‘invisible’ cell transplant treat diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes used to be a death sentence. After a diagnosis, patients were put on a starvation diet. The lucky ones would have a year or two to live. But, thanks to the discovery of insulin in the early 1920s, this is no longer the case. We need insulin to regulate our blood sugar. […]
Underground insulin exchanges emerge as workers lose jobs, insurance co-pays fall short
DENVER — D.j. Mattern had her Type 1 diabetes under control until COVID-19’s economic upheaval cost her husband his hotel maintenance job and their health coverage. The 42-year-old Denver woman suddenly faced insulin’s exorbitant list price — anywhere from $125 to $450 per vial — just as their household income shrank. She scrounged extra insulin […]
Type 1 diabetes could begin in the womb, new research suggests
Type 1 diabetes can develop in babies under six months old, and the immune attack behind the condition may begin before they’re born, a new study co-funded by Diabetes UK has suggested for the first time. Until recently, it was thought that children under six months could only develop neonatal diabetes, which is caused by […]
Treatment Reverses Type 1 Diabetes. Will It Last?
After starting a drug that’s officially approved to treat a type of blood cancer, a young man with type 1 diabetes was able to stop using insulin. He’s been off insulin since August 2018 — more than two years. Dr. Lisa Forbes — his doctor and co-author of a letter describing his case in the […]