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October 13, 2012
Though it is less common compared to type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes known also as juvenile diabetes is a chronic condition belonging to the group diabetes mellitus linked to irregularities of insulin production by liver caused by body’s immune system problems (learn more what is diabetes). This type of diabetes is diagnosed mainly in teenagers and young adults. It is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks and starts killing beta cells in human pancreas responsible for insulin production. As a result, insulin production in the body substantially slows down or even stops completely, resulting in high increased of blood sugar levels and causing considerable damage to the body systems and organs. To prevent those kind of problems, people who suffer from type 1 diabetes have to take insulin on a constant basis, and inability to do so may result even in a loss of the life.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes can be quite persistent and bring a lot of discomfort to the life of those patients who suffer from this health condition. The most common symptoms include increased appetite and weight gain, increased and sometimes very persistent thirst, as well as increased tiresome which very often gets as bad as chronic fatigue syndrome. In some people, type 1 diabetes can reveal itself by totally opposite symptoms, and lead to quite rapid and unhealthy weight loss. The existing type 1 diabetes treatment options include regular physical exercises and leading an active lifestyle, eating a healthy diet, taking insulin medications or shots (long lasting or rapid lasting insulin support) and monitoring blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this serious disease, however, there is a huge scientific work is going on in various parts of the world on finding an approach or at least a clue to help slow down the condition.
After years of studies and scientific research, medical scientists offer various innovative approaches and solutions to relieve the symptoms of type 2 and type 1 diabetes. In particular, according to a recent publication in Diabetes magazine, there can be a way to reduce the symptoms and relieve the condition of type 1 diabetes sufferers by using a short term therapy involving antibodies. As it is stated in the report, a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine carried out a series of experiments and found out that using newly designed injections of antibodies can assist in slowing down the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and even reverse the development of the disease in lab rats with special genetic predisposition to having type 1 diabetes. An important advantage of the discovered method is its effectiveness in a short term: only 2 injections can be enough to achieve success and maintain disease emission, the scientists reported.
Being relatively safe and bringing no harm to the immune system of the patient is another significant benefit of using the suggested approach. It is believed that the findings of American researchers published this summer, can become an important step on the way to creating a new type 1 diabetes treatment and possible opening a new path to finding a cure for diabetes mellitus. This is the first study which offers a short-term solution, namely a short immunotherapy treatment, to handle the symptoms of this serious and quite common disease. The researchers predict that this kind of type 1 diabetes treatments involving T cells can be especially effective for those patients who are in the onset of the disease and are just newly diagnosed with this health condition. Find more information related to the findings of this interesting study and the perspectives of the findings to become a base for a new treatment for this disease in one of the latest issues of the journal Diabetes.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.