A Cure for Diabetes?
In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.Hawaii, where I live, has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the United States if not the world...largely due to the large Polynesian/Pacific Islander population in which it is near-epidemic. While a "cure" such as this would not necessarily help with the other problems associated with obesity and inappropriate diet I am very excited about this possible step forward. Amazing!
Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.
"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."
Who knows what this line of research will lead to in the future.
It is somewhat counter-intuitive to view diabetes as being related to "malfunctioning pain neurons." Perhaps some forms of cancer might be triggered by things just as counter-intuitive?
While I have no one in my family with diabetes I Know many people (including a new-born girl in my congregation) who do. For them this will seem like good, encouraging news indeed!