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  • informative_2001 informative_2001 Jan 5, 2008 1:07 PM Flag

    Cure?

    I don't put alot of faith in the inhaled insulin devices after Pfizer wrote off Exubera. So I wonder how long it will be before a cure is on the market. Is Novo Nordsk furtherest along in that regard?

    Any info appreciated.

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    • I have had type 1 diabetes for 25 years and have used an insulin pump since 1994. I also work in the diabetes industry.

      I am sorry to say that I feel that a "cure" is not on the horizon at this point. Some hopeful areas of study include genetic marker testing to identify a predisposition for type 1, smart cells glucose dependent insulin where insulin becomes active only after glucose elevation, everyone has been working on a vaccine to prevent the overaggressive autoimmune response that causes T1. I just feel that we are not very close to a biological cure. I feel something approaching a technological cure (closed loop smart insulin pump) will likely be first.

      Exubera was just foolish. Why would a physician risk potential lung damage to a patient? Conventional insulin has been used for 85 years and is proven safe. Yes there is a poke but people need to get used to it. They are (or should be) poking their fingers with a lancet anyway in order to test blood. Patients need to get over needle-phobia, when they do they'll find their health is much better because of it.

 
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