Tag Archives: cure

A cure is ten years away

It’s a favourite mantra here at your soaraway Shoot Up that a cure for diabetes is always ten years away. While spooning down our cornflakes over the morning paper, we see endless headlines like “Pill cure for diabetes sufferers” and “Stem cell research to bring end to diabetes” and “Cinnamon cure for diabetic fatties”, etc.,… Read More »

Five guaranteed cures for diabetes!

You won’t believe number 3!! In the two or so years since my last article for your soaraway Shoot Up, I’ve noticed a growing trend for sensationalised, click-bait, Buzzfeed-style headlines, accompanied by vapid, ill-informed and inaccurate articles. Never being one to miss out on the lowest common denominator, here’s your soaraway Shoot Up’s top five… Read More »

Should we go all out for a cure?

I was at a meeting a few weeks ago when discussion wandered onto the artificial pancreas. How we’re making progress towards it, how it’d be great if they could get it controlling blood sugars automatically overnight, but how more complex manoeuvres like dealing with food and exercise will be more of a challenge. And of… Read More »

Want to get involved in diabetes research?

For researchers looking to investigate something around diabetes, the first challenge can often be finding some suitable guinea pigs to experiment on. Some might have a friendly hospital diabetic clinic who’ll let them speak to their patients, but most pancreatically challenged types are treated by GP’s, and aren’t so easy to get hold of. Help… Read More »

Islet cell transplants in Scotland

NHS Scotland announced today, in a reasonably sensible and balanced press release that “the Scottish National Pancreatic Islet Transplant Programme, launched in November 2009, has now carried out three islet cell infusions in two patients who as a result, no longer require insulin or risk the loss of consciousness due to hypoglycaemic attack.”  This dog is… Read More »

A collection of cures

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… Read More »

The problem with a cure

Just imagine if there was a cure for diabetes tomorrow. Say if some mad scientist came up with a magic serum that restored one’s beta cells to full production and health within a day or two. (One imagines said scientist working from some sort of dark, gloomy castle, surrounded by angry storm clouds and frightened… Read More »