Is a Cure in Sight?

Alexandria, Virginia
August 29, 2011

In 1923, The New York Times proclaimed, with the discovery of insulin, that diabetes had been cured.  While insulin is indeed a medical miracle that has saved countless lives, it did not turn out to be a true cure, as diabetes remains a chronic disease that can last a lifetime. The September issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, seeks an answer to the question, what will it really take to end diabetes?

Pushing for a Cure examines where things currently stand in the quest for a cure and looks at how researchers are working on a variety of innovative cure approaches from vaccines to beta cells to surgery. To help make this a reality in the not-too-distant future, researchers must understand diabetes and the differences in origin of type 1 and type 2. “To cure type 1, we’ll have to deal with the immune system,” Pedro Herrera, PhD, professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, tells Diabetes Forecast. “The human body has evolved to fight a great diversity of enemies.” For type 2, researchers are not only working towards a cure, but huge promise has also been shown in finding ways to put diabetes into remission through weight-loss surgery. 

Learn more about the push for a cure in the September issue of Diabetes Forecast along with these exciting features and information-filled articles:

A Fresh Voice: American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox not only learned how to wow the judges during the reality show’s ninth season, but she also discovered the importance of diabetes control. Diabetes Forecast catches up with Bowersox about her struggles of living with diabetes while going through the American Idol experience, how she learned about better managing her health and her desire to spread hope about diabetes through music. 

The Problem of Pounds: As waistlines continue to grow across the country, Diabetes Forecast explores the basics of obesity and its causes. Discover the proven ways to lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight, lowering your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Change is never easy, but Diabetes Forecast gives you advice on how you can get down to size and lead a longer, healthier life.

A Dose of TLC: Some of our fondest food memories come from the foods that bind us together: comfort foods. Take a tour around the world and discover the foundation of great cooking with Diabetes Forecast Food Editor Robyn Webb’s new cookbook, The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook. It’s full of recipes that strike the perfect balance between what you need to eat for good health and what will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Smart Snacking: Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and it certainly doesn’t have to be associated with junk food. In fact, smart snacking can help with weight loss and keep your blood glucose steady. Diabetes Forecast has the healthy, grab-and-go snacks you need, including deviled eggs and fun popcorn recipes, for anytime you want to fill up on fewer calories.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)