Islet cell treatment of diabetes is currently being researched at the Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto Canada.
Doctors are currently researching the chemical that makes chili peppers so hot. They are doing this research with mice that have Type-1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes occurs when the Beta islet cells located in the pancreas are destroyed and stop secreting insulin. It is unsure why these cells have trouble working. People with Type-1 diabetes need to be on insulin at all times. Type-2 diabetes is caused when the cell surfaces become resistant to insulin. Type-2 diabetes can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes or in some cases with lifestyle changes alone.
In Canada researchers are theorizing that the islet cells in the pancreas in diabetics are surrounded by pain nerves that signal to the brain that the pancreas tissue is damaged when in fact the tissue may not be damaged. They believe that there is simply miscommunication between the pain nerves and the brain. These doctors use injections of capsaicin to destroy the pain nerves surrounding the islet cells in the pancreas in mice with Type-1 diabetes. These mice completely recover from their diabetes. The islet cells begin producing insulin almost immediately with some mice doing well with one injection for over four months. These researchers are also finding similar results in mice with Type-2 diabetes.
The information was reported recently in the journal “Cell”. Type-1 diabetes is often diagnosed in childhood and there are currently millions of children with this type of diabetes. It was also reported that human trials with this chemical will begin soon.
But this could mean years before a cure using this research is brought to the marketplace – so what to do in the meantime? Changes in living conditions or lifestyle changes can significantly reduce symptoms and keep blood sugar at a healthy level and this can be accomplished by managing a few important factors. These factors are diet, weight control, controlling stress and stopping smoking.
The current epidemic of obesity is directly connected to the rise in Type-2 diabetes and the rise in diabetes in children. Many researchers believe that this epidemic is caused by our cultures sedentary lifestyle of TV, video games, computers and no exercise.
Islet cell treatment of diabetes is currently being researched at the Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto Canada. But until this treatment is accepted medical standard for the treatment of diabetes, then diabetics will need to continue to lose weight, watch their diet and get off the couch and start exercising.
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