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Until There’s a Real Cure For Type 1 Diabetes, the Artificial Pancreas is the Techno-Cure

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Graphic of Insulin Pump and CGM

Graphic showing Artificial Pancreas "closed loop" system currently being developed by leading researchers. Photo courtesy of The AP Project

For the 3 million Americans who are living with Type 1 diabetes, the artificial pancreas project represents a Cure. Well, more like a Techno-Cure. AP technologies have the potential to be the most revolutionary treatment since the discovery of insulin 90 years ago! In future posts here, we’re going to exam the AP in detail and some of the basic questions that keep all of us awake at night:

  • How much money will it take to develop these treatments and cures?
  • The human body is a complex machine created by a higher authority than man. Can we ever truly understand autoimmune disorders?
  • Will there ever be a true “cure” for diabetes? Or I am just playing the part of Indiana Jones, traveling on a life-long journey or quest for “The Holy Grail?”

We R the Cure is dedicated to providing information, breaking news and key opinions to this discussion. Want to know more about the AP trials at U.Va? Here’s a comprehensive video from a “patient’s view” of the artificial pancreas project being conducted at the University of Virginia and its peer institutions in the United States and overseas.

As the search continues — amazingly, it’s been 42 years since the JDRF was founded (1970) by parents who were not satisfied with the pace of scientific research — we push for prevention, treatments and technology solutions that will produce tighter glucose control and reduce the serious life-threatening complications. We look healthy on the outside. But we’re dying on the inside. In the coming weeks, we’ll start answering those nagging questions about research dollars and the search for Cures. Your comments and questions are always welcome here!

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Author: werthecure01

Diabetes doesn't define me; it inspires me to define the future for individuals living with autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes. -- Mike Anderson, diagnosed 1998.

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