Curing diabetes has been a tactful way of floating hope for every man, woman and child with the dubious distinction of elevated blood sugar.
A cure for diabetes would be like stopping global warming. How’s that going? Increasing global temperatures are causing sea level to rise, and increases the intensity of extreme weather. Other effects of global warming include glacier retreat, species extinctions and increases in the ranges of disease vectors. (Wikipedia) Included in these disease vector could possibly be diabetes.
The course of diabetes is no different. It is a natural phenomenon whereby our bodies try to adapt to the foods, environmental factors, lifestyle and foreign substances used to grow foods and protect crops we eat. Also vaccinations (MMR) and childhood diseases like chicken pox cause our bodies to keep a higher supply of energy (sugar) in our blood.
Unfortunately – timing is a little off when some of these factors hit our systems. The body tries to react by segregating the sugar to the blood stream ONLY. This is an effort to prevent damage to the cells of the body. But forcing sugar into places our bodies cannot safely handle it results in complications. Isn’t that the biggest fear of diabetes? Yes, the shots and the lack of decadent indulgence is a major inconvenience – but the bottom line is: I don’t want to lose my kidneys. I don’t want to have a heart attack or a stroke, I don’t want to be blind. I don’t want to lose my (put body part here). Fear factor is immeasurable!
People with Type 2 diabetes have the insulin to move the glucose – but secondary complications of too much insulin give rise to events like insulin resistance (a lot of C-peptide clogging the cells from taking anymore glucose onboard), or worse events like strokes and heart attacks.
People with Type 1 diabetes use insulin but every time glucose is lowered, out of the blood and into the cells, without C-peptide - damage is caused. The less the fluctuation in blood sugar – the less the extent of complications.
I’m sure the payoff for a cure would’ve been worth its weight in shareholder value for any company. But if you spend a lifetime chasing a shadow – maybe it’s just not possible to put your hands on it? Diabetes, like global warming, is a natural phenomenon insisting we protect ourselves from the resulting events…until somebody comes along and proves me wrong. If that’s the case – I’d invest every cent of discretionary income in that company!