Diabetes begins with insulin. When the human body finds it difficult or is completely unable to produce insulin, this kind of diabetes is called Type 1. The 1 diabetes often occurs with children, even when the child’s physical shape is on the thin side. The onset of Type 1 diabetes happens without much warning.
If the human body cannot regulate its production of insulin, sometimes producing too much, sometimes too little, the diabetes is called Type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs slowly, and often only with adults. Because of the slow speed of Type 2 diabetes, obesity also becomes a problem.
But in both types of diabetes, many treatments are available for the diabetic, making it possible for the patient to live a normal life with less constraints because of his diabetes. In fact, some are probable cures for the condition, giving hope that a complete recovery may be possible.
Needle Free Injections
One of the most common ways to maintain diabetes is through daily injections of insulin to help keep the body maintain its insulin levels. The daily injections means just setting aside enough time to receive one’s insulin, and the effect on one’s lifestyle is more of a habit and ritual than medication.
Technology has made it even easier. If you remember the first Star Trek Series where Dr. Bones McCoy uses what he calls hyposprays to medicate his patients, that technology is already available today. Called a needle free injection, it forces the medicine, or in this case, the insulin, through the skin in a short high pressure burst, without any needle, waste or much pain at all.
And for diabetics, it is safer than keeping a pack of needles at all times.
On February 29, 2012, a small sleeve called the EndoBarrier was placed in the small intestines of a young British girl. The device has been tried before and credible measures of success were reported regarding obesity and maintaining Type 2 diabetes. And the best part about the EndoBarrier is that it can be inserted without making any incisions at all. Only a few hours is needed for the procedure to finish, and all it really does is delay digestion by preventing food from coming in contact with the intestinal walls. This triggers a different set of reactions and hormones that that produce the effect similar to a gastric bypass.
Stem Cells for Diabetes
Complete recovery from diabetes has been done with stem cells, if the diabetes is found early enough for the stem cell treatment to work. It has been barely a decade when furious debates regarding the morality of stem cell research, and now diabetics of all types have the opportunity to recover from the condition. Based on a fetal stem cell transplantation method, the effects include decreased dosages of insulin needed by the patient, improvement in thinking, overall health and the lessening of anxieties and depressions.
All in all, medical science already offers many alternatives to the treatment of diabetes of all types, from simple maintenance to hopefully complete recoveries. The condition of diabetes is not a hopeless cause – rather, all it takes is a choice of which treatment works best with the patient.