Omega-3 and diabetes

Could this be true? I developed Type-1 diabetes very late in life but I grew up in the West Indies where I had fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

“The majority of kids with diabetes autoimmunity will go on to get diabetes, but it could be years before they do,” study author Jill Norris, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine and biometrics at the University of Colorado in Denver, told Ivanhoe. “You can actually have autoimmunity for a while before you get clinical diabetes.” – via the Diabetes Channel on Ivanhoe


Walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

On October 28 I will be walking in the Walk to Cure Diabetes event benefiting the Mid-Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

My personal fund raising goal is $1000. I would appreciate any support that you could give me for this very worthwhile cause.

Since there are more than 18 million Americans affected by diabetes, I believe that my work with JDRF is important and well worth the effort. I am particularly proud of the fact that JDRF has provided more funding for diabetes research than any other non-governmental agency in the world.

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:

Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Walk to Cure Diabetes, or the work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, please do not hesitate to call me.

Information on my walk:

Mid-Jersey Chapter
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 180
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Walk Info
Cook College, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Registration: 9 AM

Bionic pancreas

BBC NEWS | Health | Artificial pancreas for diabetics
The main stumbling block in the development of an artificial pancreas has been mathematical: no-one has perfected a computer programme sophisticated enough to work out the right dose of insulin at any moment of the day.

Interesting research being done in the UK using CGM and insulin pumps to create a kind of artificial pancreas.

“For an artificial pancreas you need a brain. The human body has a very clever way of working out exactly how much insulin the body needs, and we are only just beginning to understand that.” — Dr Roman Hovorka, from the University of Cambridge

Where did all my islets go?

This is quite exciting research. Perhaps this will lead to better glucometers and insuling pumps.

Technology Review: Detecting Cell Loss in Diabetes
A novel molecular tracer could help doctors track the loss of insulin-producing cells in diabetes. Such a tool would allow both doctors and drug developers to better assess the effectiveness of new treatments. It could also shed light on the disease by allowing scientists to correlate loss of insulin-producing cells with diabetes symptoms for the first time.

“If we could see cell loss early, perhaps we could get patients started on therapy before there is irreversible damage,” says Dan Skovronsky, founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, the company that is developing the marker.

Diabetes News from Adult Stem Cells from Human Cord Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Engineered to Make Insulin

Diabetes News from Adult Stem Cells from Human Cord Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Engineered to Make Insulin
In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers here have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin.

Diabetes cure? New hope or false hope?

New research out of Brazil (also here and here ) has indicated that it might be possible to cure diabetes. In a experiement that involved 15 people under the age of 30 the research were able to use stem cells harvested from the bone marrow to create a treatment that was injected back into the patients. Of the 15, 14 were able to give up insulin completely.

While this is great news it must be tempered with caution. The research used a very small sample size and the researchers are not sure they understand the mechanisms involved. They suspect that the body is stimulated to produce new white bloods cells that either prevent further attacks on the pancreas or simply replace the existing errant ones.