Is a Cure in Sight?

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Christine Feheley
cfeheley@diabetes.org
703-253-4374

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. 

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.