According to statistics, around 23 million adults have diabetes only in the U.S. Five percent of them have type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the body’s not able to produce any insulin to manage your blood sugar levels properly. People with this type of diabetes must take several insulin shots a day to control their blood glucose.
Along with the need for insulin, they also have to pay attention to their diet and physical activity.
However, scientists from MIT, Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard might discover something that can make insulin shots a thing of the past for people with type 1 diabetes.
As scientists explain, they are on the verge of creating replacements for the beta cells located in the pancreas, responsible for producing insulin.
The human’s body with type 1 diabetes mysteriously destroys these pancreatic cells. As a result, it makes it impossible to produce the much-needed insulin.
The journals Nature Biotechnology and Nature Medicine shared the researchers’ claims that they have developed material from brown algae which might work for up to 6 months at a time. So, this would mean a significant relief from the daily insulin shots.
The MIT chemical engineering professor Daniel Anderson shares the excitement about the results of the study. Together with his team, they work hard to take the technology to the clinic.
Just a reminder, this type of diabetes is not connected to lifestyle or weight, unlike type 2 diabetes.
The vice president of discovery research of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF, Julia Greenstein, believes the encapsulation therapies could be revolutionary for type 1 diabetes patients.
The goal of the treatments is creating a long-term insulin independence. Also, getting rid of the daily need to manage diabetes for months and years without needing immune suppression.