It’s been a busy week in the “lets tease those pancreatically-challenged types by talking about cures again” department.
First it appears that the place to be for a magic cure is Bristol, where they’re excited that soon they’ll be able to offer islet cell transplants to some pancreatically-challenged types. There’s a convenient lack of any mention of immunosuppressant drugs or anything that might possibly make this sound less than a miracle cure, but perhaps this dog’s just an old cynic. While this dog is being so cynical, it’d be very interested to know if everyone in the Bristol area who needs a pump and/or CGM is able to get one and that’s why they’ve decided funding more experimental treatment for a small number of the population is the best way to go. They must be following the Scottish way of thinking in these matters.
Jumping on the cure band wagon, but cleverly putting a real world spin on it, everyone’s second favourite diabetes charity, Diabetes UK, has launched its latest fundraising campaign – they’re raising money for “The next best thing to a cure”, looking at research around artificial pancreases and such malarkey.
So, what this dog wants to know is, are you getting in line for the islet cell transplant, fighting your way to the front of the queue for an artificial pancreas, or just getting on with life as normal?