Encapsulating Insulin

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease that occurs when beta cells within the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin. This causes sugar (glucose) to build up in the blood stream rather than being used by cells for energy. Currently, the only treatment for sufferers is monitoring their blood sugar and injecting insulin daily, which has its challenges. With the aim of restoring insulin production, healthy beta cells made from stem cells were transplanted into a pancreas of a mouse, but its immune system quickly destroyed these new cells. Now researchers have developed capsules made from algae derivatives to shield the beta cells from the immune system (pictured). Cells protected by one derivative called TMTD managed to successfully produce insulin once transplanted, helping to control sugar levels in mice for nearly six months. This groundbreaking research could potentially translate into a life-changing therapy for people with type 1 diabetes.

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Loss of Sleep During Adolescence May Be a Diabetes Danger

Boys who experience a greater decline in slow-wave sleep as adolescents have a significantly higher chance of developing insulin resistance than those who more closely maintained their slow-wave sleep as they got older. These boys are then also at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, increased visceral fat and impaired attention.

The research will be presented at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C, February 11 - 15.

I’m writing to you anon, I know you’re reading, but since you’re on anon I can’t reach you directly.
So: let’s play a game.
I made that comic fanart in one hour. One hour that I used to think about it, to make it hilarious, to draw it, to colour it, to edit. One hour of my time completely wasted, in your opinion.
But you have your rights, and I’m not taking down the picture even if jesus christ descends from heaven and tells me to do so (should I say jesus? Am I gonna offend someone? mh)

Here’s the game: you have 10 hours to get me a punch line that will substitute Phil’s balloon. It has to be like the one that’s there: short, effective, hilarious, it has to be referred to cakes and it has to be sligthly exaggerate and hyperbolic too.

I’m waiting.

Keto is internationally healthy and good food! Just like the first evening in Italy 3 weeks ago, as I am back in London I celebrated with cauliflower and Broccoli florets with @kerrygoldirl butter and @ocado @granapadanodop sprinkled on top, oven roasted for 30 minutes. Who said low carb is not about eating your greens? 🐮

Potential diabetes cure to begin human testing
Therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells to turn into insulin-producing cells and implanting them under the skin.

Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem-cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.

ViaCyte and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen BetaLogics group said Thursday they’ve agreed to combine their knowledge and hundreds of patents on their research under ViaCyte, a longtime J&J partner focused on regenerative medicine.

The therapy involves inducing embryonic stem cells in a lab dish to turn into insulin-producing cells, then putting them inside a small capsule that is implanted under the skin. The capsule protects the cells from the immune system, which otherwise would attack them as invaders — a roadblock that has stymied other research projects.

Researchers at universities and other drug companies also are working toward a diabetes cure, using various strategies. But according to ViaCyte and others, this treatment is the first tested in patients.

If the project succeeds, the product could be available in several years for Type 1 diabetes patients and down the road could also treat insulin-using Type 2 diabetics.

“This one is potentially the real deal,” said Dr. Tom Donner, director of the diabetes centre at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “It’s like making a new pancreas that makes all the hormones” needed to control blood sugar.

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Open Letter to Natural News:

Natural News,

As a type 1 diabetic, I am furious. This article is the epitome of irresponsible, falsely-targeted journalism. I was thrilled when American Girl created a line of Diabetes Kits for kids who suffer with the same disease I do. In fact, in my days of playing with dolls, I always thought it would be so cool if my doll, also named Addie, could have a tube and testing supplies like me.

Your article is about how American Girl is “normalizing” diabetes, a “preventable disease”. Natural News, if there was a way that I could have stopped my immune system from attacking my insulin-producing cells, spill your secret. Last I heard, the type of diabetes that this care kit was created for, type 1 diabetes, is autoimmune disorder, with no preventable cause. According to diabetes.org, “most people with type 2 diabetes do not take insulin”, and since the care kit comes with an insulin pump, American Girl is not promoting type 2, but targeting kids with type 1.

You’re right about type 2 diabetes. It is linked to lifestyle and is most certainly preventable. But not type 1. You chose to ignore the existence of type 1 diabetes in your article for reasons probably linked to the fact that you’re a life/health news source. According to diabetes.org, “in 2008—2009, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 18,436 with type 1 diabetes, 5,089 with type 2 diabetes.” More diabetic kids have type 1 than type 2, proving that this Diabetes Kit is doing more good than “harm”. It’s impossible to write about taking charge of your life by steering clear of type 1 diabetes, so you don’t. You fail to mention it instead. So many more children suffer from the autoimmune version of diabetes than the lifestyle form, giving you no authority to criticize the kids who are making an effort to normalize it. You have okay intentions, just bad journalists.

I can’t comprehend why you would vilify such an achievement. The petition for American Girl to manufacture diabetes supplies was created by a thirteen year old type 1 diabetic. This article is such a poor representation of her efforts and life with this disease. Throughout the article, you talk about type 2 diabetes (even correctly referring to it as type 2), but didn’t do your research about which type of diabetes this product is actually targeted towards.

In regards to your comment that the commercial industry is normalizing and profiting off a disease rather than actually saving children from it—young diabetics ASKED for this product. You even said so in your article. The petition received over 4,000 signatures. American Girl saw this as an opportunity to be inclusive, and they took it. Also, American Girl has made an effort to raise money for research and a cure. I have numerous memories of American Girl donating dolls to fundraising events, and has supported JDRF for years. Also, of course American Girl is normalizing the disease! What’s the alternative? Portray it like an STD? Natural News, you already did a wonderful job at that.

I don’t understand why, after a month of this article being up, you wouldn’t take it down. You are blatantly spreading false and damaging ideas. It says something about your news source itself, and its lack of commitment to actually providing readers with substance.

Please stop spreading lies about type 1 diabetes. We didn’t do this to ourselves, and you’re not helping us by saying that we did.

Addie Finch (Diagnosed at the age of six)

when all of ur friends and family have no fucking clue or care enough about you to know how diabetes works or how it can make u feel or what it is and u just sit and look at everyone passing by and ur chest literally hurts from all the frustration and pain u never complain about because the only response u get is “diabetes isn’t a big deal” “you’ll feel fine just take insulin” “test again in 15” ahhahaha :-) wow! :-) thanks :-) for the :-) advice! :-) totally :-) never :-) heard :-) that :-) one :-) before :-) im :-) totally :-) not :-) dying :-) inside! :-) hahajjahahaha im so sad
Type 1 Diabetics Let’s make a social network for us!

I am a Type 1 Diabetic, I have had it for about 12 years now. I have never actually had a fellow diabetic friend… 

I’m not sure about anyone else but I could really use a group to talk to, that isn’t a bunch of doctors that don’t actually understand anything I’m going through. I want to share my experiences and I want to know others experiences as well. 
Diabetics on Tumblr, message me. I need the company of others who understand. I would extremely enjoy it if I get a response… As I would like to start a motion on here, and eventually make it a bigger event.  

Depression is dangerous. Possibly more so for a type 1 diabetic. My blood sugar is low and I know that it will continue to fall. But, right now in this moment I don’t care. I’m not hungry and I am to depressed to get up. I’m physically and mentally exhausted. The darkness of my room and the chorus of night sounds outside my window are lulling me to sleep. If I wake up to my cgm alert then I guess it’s meant to be. Fate will be in charge of tonight’s coin toss between diabetes and depression.