I erhaps because so many more people are developing diabetes today than in the past, the search for ways to better control it, even to cure it, is being pushed even harder. In recent years diabetes care has improved tremendously because of ongoing research, new medicines, and increased knowledge about how to manage it. In addition, many people with diabetes now receive not only better medical care but counseling and emotional support not available in the past.
What does the future hold for people with diabetes? Someday, they may be able to give up injecting themselves with insulin and instead breathe it in through an inhaler, take it in a pill, or absorb it through their skin from an insulin patch. Pricking a finger to get a blood sample for a glucose reading may one day be a thing of the past, as new devices are being developed for this process. One new product now under consideration but far from actual development is called the Charmr. This small electronic device would look like a tiny iPod. It could be worn on a neck chain or around the wrist like a watch, and it would replace both the bulky insulin pump and the glucose testing meter.
Many researchers are investigating several possible new treatments for diabetes. The list includes stem cell research,
tissue reengineering, islet transplantation, gene research, and development of an artificial pancreas.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...