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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New hope for people who've had Type 1 diabetes for more than a decade.

This was the header of the article in Minneapolis/St. Paul's newspaper a couple days ago: Way to Reverse Diabetes? Drug Shows Promise. Naturally, it caught my attention.

It states:

"An 80-year old drug used to protect people against tuberculosis may help reverse Type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of the disease, in patients who have had it for years, an early study in the six atients found.

The medicine, known as bacillus Calmette-Guerin or BCG, killed abnormal white blood cells that interfere with insulin production in the pancreas, said a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego. Patients getting two small doses four weeks apart showed signs of restored insulin prdouction for about a week, said Denise Faustman, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory.

While many researchers are looking for ways to stop Type 1 diabetes in newly diagnosed patients who still produce some insulin naturally, there are few options for people who have had the disease for more than a decade, she said. The findings suggest it may be possible to regenerate the critical pancreatic cells, she said.
"The trial effectively is showing for the first time that the pancreas can turn on briefly after the first wave of killing the bad T cells," those that attack the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, she said. A second, larger trial is in development, she said.

Here's more about the trials: http://bcgclinicaltrials.com/default.aspx

Interesting and hope-inducing!


  1. Wow! THAT is definitely sunshine in my day!!! : )

  2. Hey, sidenote: You'd left a comment over at the guest-blog I did for Kim, about not knowing how to do MDI. I'd actually never done MDI before going on a pump hiatus last year, as prior to pumping I was on two shots of mixed long-acting/short-acting and didn't do any carb counting. It's really not too different from pumping, in concept - just have to inject each meal or correction bolus and also do the long-acting shot one or twice a day. I learned pretty quickly, and had a very good experience with it. All up to you, though! YDMV, as it's said.

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