Similar to obesity, diabetes is now considered by many health experts and professionals as an “epidemic” as more and more people suffer from it. The age ranges of people who become prone to it are becoming younger and younger.
And the people who are at risk are those who do not only have diabetes history in their families but also those who have developed the disease over time.
Professional experts say that people who have a family history of diabetes are the primary set of people who are most at risk. But, they are certainly not the only ones who can suffer from this chronic illness.
The facts are that almost everyone —especially those who have high glucose content in their blood but are unable to utilize it — are prone to having this disease.
There is a belief that trends are changing:
Before, when you were diagnosed with diabetes, it was synonymous to loss of limbs, total or partial loss of vision , kidney failure, and finally, early death. But this is no longer the case.
Because of the trends in modern technology and advances in the medical field through research, many people with diabetes are seeing hope that they will enjoy longer and healthier lives just like the rest of the population.
1. Insulin. Since diabetes is caused by lack of supply of insulin , more and more researchers are coming up with variations in the methods which can be used to allow insulin to enter the body such as:
– implantable insulin pumps which make it possible for the blood sugar levels to be measured so the exact amount of insulin needed is delivered instantly;
– insulin inhalers which can aid the daily injections of insulin by using rapid-acting insulin which is sprayed and inhaled through the mouth to pave the way for insulin to enter the into the bloodstream quickly;
– insulin pill which uses a new type of polymer helps the diabetic get insulin faster by allowing it to get into the person’s bloodstream without being destroyed by the digestive system;
– new insulins which are designed to minimize the regimens and provide better control of blood glucose levels for diabetics including “glargine” which is a basal insulin, the “aspart” which is a very-rapid-acting insulin, and the “75/25 lispro mixture” .
2. Monitoring and tests. These are very important to any diabetic. The new trends when it comes to monitoring and tests include:
– pain free glucose tests which allows the diabetic to monitor their blood sugar levels without the pain of finger pricking to get the required blood samples;
– continuous monitoring device which is a “wrist watch like” device that provides the necessary information to allow effective management of blood glucose levels;
3. New treatments. At the present time there’s no definite treatment to cure diabetes.
However, there are more and more treatments being developed that promise better results like:
– Islet cell transplant which can be effective for people with Type 1 diabetes.It uses the Edmonton technique which utilizes cells from from a donor to help the person to produce insulin;
– gene therapy which has identified a gene called “SHIP2? which can help regulate the production of insulin;
4. Vaccine. The vaccine contains a peptide that helps to retard the destruction of pancreatic cells in the human body.
As a result of these advancements more and more diabetics now believe that they can live longer lives despite their illness.