Can diabetes be cured within 20 years?

Is it possible that a disease affecting millions worldwide could be cured in the next couple of decades?

One of Britain's most respected diabetes experts, Dr. Nick Oliver, says he's hopeful that the condition could be treatable soon.

"There is a race on, that’s why what we are doing is incredibly exciting," Oliver told UK publication Express.

The artificial pancreas

Oliver's team created the world's first artificial pancreas, which is currently involved in human trials. The "BiAP" (Bio-Inspired Artificial Pancreas) attaches to the abdomen through a thin tube, reading sugar levels and reporting information to an insulin pump that automatically releases the hormone when necessary.

"Diabetes can’t be cured at the moment," Oliver said. "The race is on to get effective treatments for people. Their quality of life is important."

More research

Another researcher at De Monfort University in Leicester has created an artificial pancreas that can be inserted into the body. Trials using this device will begin in 2016, Express reports.

"We hope the technology will be the next best thing to a cure for the 400,000 people in the UK with type 1 diabetes," one researcher noted.

Surrey resident Jess Bristow has been involved in Oliver's artificial pancreas trial and says her life is "100 times better" since using the device.

Nearly 4 million people in the UK suffer from diabetes.

"There are lots of avenues that will lead to ­potential cures for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and if I could see it in my career that would be incredibly exciting," Oliver said.

Source: Express UK

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...