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Cure

I read that a cure for diabetes, Parkinson’s and MS may be within 10 years. Is th here light at end of the tunnel for these devastating diseases?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

If u have diabetes ITS WITH U FOR LIFE it can't be cured. With very strict dietary and exercise control it can be reversed to a safer level of diabetes. The only way it might be cured is by having a PANCREAS TRANSPLANT but finding the right one is a massive lengthy process, it has been done but it was unsuccessful and the recipient died after 3 months. Ultimately ur way better/healthier by sticking to a low G.I, LOW FAT/SALT, HIGH FIBRE, SAFE FRUITS/NUTS, SUGAR FREE DIET WITH VERY LITTLE/NO FRIED FOODS and LOTS OF DAILY EXERCISE/WALKING diet. I've been type2 since 1997, I do what I've just advised u to do and I'm still on the same dose of diabetic drugs I've been on since 1997. I started on diet control for 6months, it was ok for 6months but I needed diabetes drugs to keep.me stable. I've always eaten very sensibly since my diagnosis, I gave up sugar and fried foods straight away. I've always had 2 rescue dogs so lots of daily exercise has always been easy for me. My BG's are always within the safe/stable level. By sticking strictly to the info in this post u will eventually be able to have small occasional treats/go out for a meal without having to worry about what u eat at that meal but straight back on the diabetic diet afterwards so being diabetic isn't all bad, it can be, as in my case, easy to manage if u maintain strict daily control.

edited, originally posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Jeer... The word cure is to easily thrown around these days. How many many years ago did they say a cure for cancer is very close. The amounr of money that is made from people having diseases and ailments make me very skeptical if they really want to find cures for them. The human body and our own unique metabolisms being so complex,perhaps the allopathic scientific community are just unable to do it.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I do know they are working on it.

In fact my wife's neurologist participates and publishes on a number of studies and in her early years of the disease she was involved in a bunch of clinical trials conducted by one of the University Research programs looking into Movement Disorders (so primarily Parkinson's and MS which are the biggies).

I clearly remember a conversation with the Head of the program a number of years back. My wife was about 5 or 6 years diagnosed (about 45 years old) and was doing awesome and I made a comment along those lines.

This Doc (some PHD in the Brain) said "yes, she is doing great but if you want the truth she will likely be in a wheelchair by the time she is 65".

Well, she turns 62 this year and is now down to "functional" maybe 8 hours a day.

He didn't have a crystal ball it's just that I believe a disease such as Parkinson's, at least until they do find a cure (if it's even possible) is a somewhat "predictable" disease.

Diabetes is similarly "predictable" however, it is your level of blood sugar control that primarily sets both the path and the time line.

We are fortunate in that respect. Not many diseases allow "you, the patient" to have so much input on your ultimate outcome.

Regardless of what my Wife does to help herself, the path is certain. Mine can go a number of ways depending on how dedicated I remain against the fight.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

My dad had Parkinson’s also. He lived to be 91 years old, but his quality of life the last 10 or so years was not good as he lost strength in his legs and was wheelchair bound. Plus he developed Parkinson’s dementia. The articles in Neurology Today magazine are the one’s I refer to about the cure for Parkinson’s. Many new discoveries have occurred recently.

posted 6 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I wish

Being Diabetic myself and having a wife with Stage 4 Parkinson's we might actually get to grow old.

But given that, at least today, they still have not nailed down what exactly causes any of those three diseases (usually the first step needed to find a cure), I'm going to lean a little more towards managing the symptoms then sitting back waiting for the cure.

At least with Diabetes and Parkinson's (because I am intimately aware with the treatment of both), there has been great leaps in the "treatment" of, in the past couple of decades, but nothing even resembling a possible cure.

The advances in the treatment are however, allowing us afflicted to live longer with better overall function and quality of life.

After diagnosis, at age 39, my wife managed for about 20 years with quite limited deficit.
(you could tell maybe something was not perfect, but she was independently functional)

While she has advanced to stage 4, all in the period of a few weeks a couple years back.

If I set aside the (personal aspect), for them to be able to provide "near normal function" for about 20 years, in a disease with an average age of onset of 60 years, modern pharmaceuticals can well manage them pretty much to life expectancy.

It just sucks that my Wife was diagnosed about 21 years "sooner than average".

edited, originally posted 6 months ago
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