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Research to stop Type 1 | Research | Diabetes UK

October 8, 2019


When people get type 1 diabetes, when
you’re clinically diagnosed, they still have a significant number of insulin
making beta cells left. And at the moment we’re focusing on
trying to help those individuals retain that 20 or 30 percent of insulin making
cells that they have. And we are already starting clinical trials where we’re
trying some of these immunotherapies in these individuals. We analysed the
samples to try to understand what changes in the immune system are needed.
In 2015 Diabetes UK launched a call aimed at accelerating our progress and
our aim is that 50% of people with new onset Type 1 diabetes will be given the
ability to take part in an immunotherapy trial. So for example ruby, who took part
in the COMBAT therapy, gave some blood samples and it allowed us to understand
who’s going to benefit for which therapy. These people are blazing the trail for
people that will follow. I think I see pain differently. I think
because I have to experience it every day in various forms, it’s really made me
fearless to be honest. Because sometimes you fall and the way the the rope is
wrapped around you, it will tighten around like your thigh. And I was always aware, ooh is it going to hurt me. Now I don’t even ask that
question anymore I just do it it. It just worked out nicely that I was diagnosed at
the time of that trial so I could go and I could benefit from what was being done.
Especially being newly diagnosed I think that support within that first
year was invaluable, like I’m so grateful for that. But I
would definitely do something like that again because I think it’s just nice to
just be in the know and at start. We’re now able to conduct trials much
more comprehensively giving many many more patients the chance to take part I
was diagnosed with diabetes in 1980 and the reason why I can test my blood
glucose is because people took part in clinical trials to show that fingerstick
monitoring helped. Insulin is a century-old treatment for type one
diabetes and I hope for a future in which we can treat the root cause of the
disease not just the consequences of it.

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3 Comments

  • Reply electricfields1 May 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    great, looking forward to a cure.

  • Reply sks praba May 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    We need cure so many kids are living with needle pain

  • Reply Zade Nabi July 6, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I'm a type 1 diabetic and would like to subject myself to human trail for a cure.

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