Incredible new research gives hope for diabetes sufferers

Diabetes affects nearly 1 million Australians, and the medications associated with it are often extreme. Now Danish researchers have discovered

Diabetes affects nearly 1 million Australians, and the medications associated with it are often extreme. Now Danish researchers have discovered a way to make injected insulin mimic the body’s natural reactions.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when people can no longer produce insulin throughout their body. Insulin helps us regulate our blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, diabetes cannot be cured, and if left untreated it can be incredibly harmful.

Current diabetes medications, specifically injectable insulin, can help sufferers live regular everyday lives. However, injectable insulin is typically released throughout the body at an unstable level. This means that diabetes sufferers can struggle to keep their blood sugar levels maintained.

Fortunately, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered a way to make injected insulin act like a natural chemical within the body. Insulin naturally creates uniforms structures within our body, meaning it can be slowly released at a steady rate.

Therefore, researchers have devised a chemical “trick” which allows injected insulin to structure itself in this same way. Insulin can then be injected under the skin, stored in fatty tissue deposits and slowly released throughout our bloodstream. This idea could help create a whole new range of diabetes medications.

“We have discovered an entirely new method of modifying a molecule (insulin) that is important for 35 million diabetes patients. We are incredibly happy with that”, explained lead professor Knud Jensen.

“We have demonstrated that we can influence the manner in which insulin assembles, and we have demonstrated that the insulin can then be released”, Professor Jensen added.

“It is absolutely clear that this could be a good method for designing medications that release over extended periods of time, from depots beneath the skin”.

Could this discovery help you, or somebody you know? Are you living with diabetes? Tell us about your experiences below.

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  1. No but I think lucky, I am not over weight nor do I a family history of diabetes

  2. I have been reading this sort of BS for 40 years, and nothing has come of it.

    • Sad to hear you feel this way 🙁 Do you live with diabetes, David Fleming? It must be hard… – SaS

    • Yes I do, I was diagnosed in Sept 1973 as a Type 1, and for the last 40 years all these reports and claims have disappeared as quickly as they have arose.

    • Feeling for you David Fleming. Hopefully in time medicine does improve though. 🙁 – SaS

  3. Told me nothing new. I had a long session with my educator 10 days ago and apart from wanting my GP to do a couple of things she’s happy with my results. My HbA1c (Glycated hemoglobin) is better than a non diabetic my age. B|

  4. It’s brilliant news. More effective delivery systems mean less side effects. It’s a very debilitating disease that needs careful management.

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