Research on diabetes prevention proves successful in human trial stage. Vaccine soon to be a reality
The latest news going viral is the new discovery of a vaccine for diabetes. That would be such good news for the millions of victims suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes if at all it took just one injection to reverse the effects of the killer disease. Unfortunately, that’s a Big FALSE LIE.
Various click bait websites have been spreading the news of how two Mexican scientists Salvador Chacon Ramirez, Lucila Zarate Ortega and Doctor Jorge Gonzalez Ramirez made big claims that they had developed a vaccine against diabetes. What people don’t know is this incident transpired in 2015. When the three representing an organization ‘Live your diabetes’ made an announcement’ they were promptly shut down within 24 hours all because it was proved that their vaccine which injected people with their own blood cells was a bogus one. BUT!! Those who had their hopes up shouldn’t be disappointed. A vaccine for diabetes is on the anvil and has been in research for some years now in various scientific labs across the world. Within ten years we may see a credible vaccine for diabetes.
1 UK research for Diabetes vaccine shows plenty of promise
In 2013 during a summit meeting involving several leading experts in the fields of diabetes, Dr. Alasdair Rankin heads of UK research on diabetes stated that there was a huge possibility of a vaccine being developed by 2023. The reasons for such positive hope was that critical research in the field has managed to identify several elements of the immune system that could be pinpointed for accurate treatment against type1 and type 2 diabetes.
In the UK alone TESCO along with Diabetes UK has launched a drive to raise $10 million for the research to develop a vaccine on diabetes. The therapy will help people at risk of developing the disease lead longer lives. For those who are already plagued with the disease, the treatment would help manage it better and improve the quality of life.
2 BCG vaccine being explored as diabetes therapy in the US
Research on vaccine for diabetes at the Massachusetts general hospital has already gone one step forward on five year trails that commenced in 2015. The research involves exploring the BCG vaccine as a medium to treat diabetes. As BCG can prevent Tuberculosis, it has also displayed abilities to treat and reverse symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
Trials have already begun on 150 human volunteers who will receive treatments over a period of four years. Pre trial research proved how BCG vaccine destroyed blood cells that attacked the pancreas ability to produce insulin. It also increased good blood cells into the body that repress diabetes. Since 2004, The US government has pumped $150million into diabetes research and will continue to do so for an effective vaccine and treatment.
3 Study at Stanford displays positive results
A recent study published in the journal science and translational magazine scientists from Leiden University medical centre in Netherlands and Stanford University USA has even gone as far as testing a vaccine that seeks to shut down harmful immune cells while not affecting the rest of the immune system. Working on the lines of the same BCG vaccine research, Stanford professor Dr Lawrence Steinmann stated ‘The idea here is to turn off just the rogue immune cells that are attacking the pancreas and killing the beta cells that secrete insulin,”. The study involved 80 type 1 diabetics who were administered the DNA vaccine.
The observations made by the researchers after 12 shots were administered to the patients once a week were encouraging. There was a considerable reduction in the killer T cells where there was an increase of C-peptides which was proof of the presence of beta cells that promoted insulin production. Doctor Steinman admitted that commercial application of the Vaccine for diabetes was a long way off but it was extremely hopeful and open to further study.
4 Obesity and lack of exercise the main cause of diabetes
Diabetes kills but there is immense hope in the medicinal world to develop vaccines that will reverse the symptoms of the elements plaguing the body’s immune system to function normally under diabetes.
According to the world health organization, 10% of the entire world population of approximately 350 million people have type 1 diabetes and the main reason is obesity, sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise.