This article in Diabetes Health discusses yet another new potential "cure." However, yet again, it requires immunosuppressants which are not an option to me. Thanks I don't have heart disease or bone deterioration now. Personally, I don't want to replace one disease with several others!
So, here was my comment to the Diabetes Health article that I posted yesterday:
" don't get it. Why is this any better than any other current "cure" that ultimately generates beta cells. You still have to take immunosuppressants - steroids - which are very, very bad. And you can't take steroids forever. You eventually have to stop and then we'll just reject again.
Please stop coming up with "cures" that aren't cures. For a type 1 there is no cure that doesn't address why we reject the beta cells in the first place. Honestly, I think we're still at stem cells (of some form) that don't need immunosuppressants and that we won't just simply reject again.
But I'm often accused of being too logical and not emotional enough so ..."
Another poster responded "first we crawl then we walk." My response to that is:
"Seymour, I'm afraid we're at the same place we were when I was diagnosed 11/2/76. How long do we have to crawl?
They can (and have been able to) get us to make more islets, beta cells, insulin but they can't tell the immune system to stay put.
I don't know of any healthy (no steroids) progress there. That tells me we still don't know the cause(s) of type 1 and that it is an imperative missing cog in the wheel.
I also am a firm believer in environmental causes (not food) - chemicals, etc. And who is going to have the audacity to say that? And then, are we permanently in immune overdrive? Is there a fix to that?
Thus, I focus on my own person responsiblity and fastidious care with the tools we have.
For me that means - testing 15 times a day, lots of small shots, an insulin cocktail, fewer carbs, normalized target as recommended by Dr. Bernstein, etc.
It's a choice but it keeps my limbs attached, my eyeballs working and my butt out of the ER. After 33 years, a cure would be nice but not much has changed if they can't fix our immune systems."
Doris J. Dickson