The 75th scientific session of the American Diabetes Association took the time to explore all the progress that scientists have made in the field in the past fifty (50) years.
Researchers say the way we treat diabetes has improved drastically in the past fifty (50) years, and while they still have a long road ahead of them, they might just rid the world of it in another fifty (50) years.
Early on people had no way of assessing diabetes control, except for checking a person’s urine for traces of sugar. Today there are several technological advancements that allow for a much accurate read of glucose levels, the most common being the A1C method which test blood sugar over the course of three (3) months.
Fred Whitehouse, division head emeritus at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, gave a statement explaining that “It his gives us a nice marker for showing whether a person is on the right road or not”.
Researchers agree that while this is a remarkable accomplishment, what people truly want is a cure. Even with all the knowledge that experts on the subject have gained throughout the years, they are still unable to offer patients that yet.
However, there is hope. The scientific community is currently working on developing new treatments that would provide optimal glucose and metabolic control without posing any risk of hypoglycemia. If it all goes well, the much dreaded complications of diabetes would most likely become a distant memory.
Robert Ratner, MD, Chief Scientific & Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association, gave a statement saying the next fifty (50) years of research must reveal how both type 1 and type 2 diabetes occur, as well as the critical steps that experts could intervene at in order to prevent the conciliation from developing in the first place.
Part of the reason why diabetes is so nefarious is because of how many different types of people it affects, and how many different forms of it there is. The other part is because of how much of nuisance it is to treat – in addition to a diet that sufferers have to respect, they also have to spend time administering insulin three (3) times a day.
Young people in particular often try to fight the disease by ignoring – skipping over insulin treatments, and eating sweets or foods that they shouldn’t. It’s a dangerous approach that can not only lead to further complications, but it can also prevent them from having the normal life that they so desperately want.
Christina Williams, a Pennsburg teen, admitted as much saying that she used to refuse to test herself and give herself insulin during middle school. The result was that her blood glucose was consistently elevated, which caused herb to feel tired all the time. She is by no means someone who developed the disease by not caring about her health as she is a competitive swimmer.
Kathryn Ham, an 86 year old patient with diabetes gave a statement sharing that every person with disease has to create a system that helps them remember and / or deal with their own treatment. She says that her system involves injecting insulin four (4) times per day.
But Melissa Rearson, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, gave a statement of her own informing that such tasks are hard enough for full grown adults to keep track off, let alone kids or teens who lack the same level of wisdom.
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