How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?
Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor
Islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression
Gene therapy of some kind
Immune system therapy of some kind
A combination of the above
Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it
I don't know
Total votes: 674
How do you think type 1 diabetes will be cured first?Poll dates: March 27 - April 3, 2005
Total Votes: 674
Scientists, engineers, and doctors from around the world are working hard to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Some are working on bio-artificial techniques, such as implanted, continuous glucose monitors that control an insulin pump. Some are working on find ways to eliminate the need for toxic immunosuppressant drugs in islet cell transplants. Some are working on gene therapy to convert cells in the body to produce insulin, or to create a larger supply of islet cells for transplant. Some are working on drugs to alter the immune system to eliminate the underlying autoimmunity of type 1 diabetes. Some are working on vaccines to prevent people from getting type 1 diabetes in the first place.
While it is difficult to know which path will lead to a cure first, we all have reason to be hopeful that one or more of these paths will lead to a significant improvement in how we care for type 1 diabetes in the near future. With that in mind, the best advice we can offer our children and anyone with type 1 diabetes is to take the best possible care today so that you will be as healthy as possible when new treatments are available.
Since we last ran this poll in December 2004, there has been a significant change in the answers that people provided. There was a 25% drop in people who think that a closed loop pump would come first (39% to 31%), a 25% drop in people who think islet transplants (19% to 14%), and a dramatic increase - almost 800% - in people who think that gene therapy will provide a cure.
This table shows how people responded to this poll the last time we ran it, compared with results from this poll:
Answer Mar 2005 Dec 2004 Closed loop insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor 31% 39% Islet transplants without lifetime need for toxic drugs or immunosuppression 14% 19% Gene therapy of some kind 31% 4% Immune system therapy of some kind 2% 2% A combination of the above 6% 9% Something else 1% 2% Vaccine to prevent, but no cure for those who have it 5% 9% I don't know 7% 11%
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