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Scientists have been working on new techniques that have made this an exciting time in diabetes research. Previously, we only had a few promising approaches to finding a cure for diabetes. Now we have numerous possibilities related to prevention and even a cure for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

      1.  Insulin Producing Stem Cell Implants

In July 2017, ViaCyte, a California-based company began clinical trials which involve implanting type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients with the company’s PEC-Direct device. These credit card-sized implants carry cells that are derived from stem cells which are designed to mature into specialized pancreas cells. The implants are placed just below the patient’s skin and are designed to release insulin automatically whenever necessary. The hope is that when these cells mature, they’ll take the place of daily insulin injections by producing insulin when needed.

      2.  Existing Drug may Prevent onset of Type 1 Diabetes

Recent Advances in Diabetes Research 2018Scientists from Florida and Colorado have found that a common blood pressure medication could prevent and even treat type 1 diabetes. While the cause of type 1 diabetes remains a mystery, researchers have found that around 60% of people who are at risk of developing T1D possess a molecule known as DQ8 which previous studies have linked to the onset of T1D. Therefore, researchers believe that blocking specifically the DQ8 molecule could help prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes.

Recent studies show that an existing drug known as Methyldopa which is often prescribed to treat hypertension and high blood pressure could also inhibit the DQ8 molecule without interfering with the immune functioning of other cells. The researchers have confirmed their findings in a clinical trial of 20 type 1 diabetes patients. According to the researchers, these findings could have major implications on both the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases including diabetes.

      3.  A New type of Insulin-Producing Beta Cell has been Discovered!

Scientists have found a brand new type of insulin-producing beta cell hiding within the pancreas. This discovery provides insight into how T1D works and also offers new hope into even treating the disease. T1D occurs when the immune system attacks and kills off insulin-producing beta cells. Since insulin helps regulate our blood sugar, T1D patients are left reliant on regular insulin injections.

While type 1 diabetes can be managed effectively, in order to properly treat the condition, scientists need to find a way to regenerate beta cells and prevent the immune system from attacking them in future. Although we are getting better at understanding the mechanisms behind type 1 diabetes and its management, effective treatment for the disease has eluded researches so far. However, the fact that ‘virgin beta cells’ exist opens an entirely new avenue of research on diabetes and potential treatments.

      4.  A Radical low-calorie diet may lead to diabetes remission.

A new study conducted at GP surgeries in Tyne, UK and Scotland has found that a radical low-calorie diet can help reverse T2D (type 2 diabetes). Following a low-calorie diet that involves consuming 850 calories per day for 3 to 5 months helps decrease fats in the pancreas and the liver hence improving functioning of the pancreatic beta cells, which produce and release insulin. In the study, 46% of the 149 type 2 diabetes patients who followed the weight loss plan achieved remission. However, more research is still needed to help established why some people followed the diet program and lost weight but did not achieve remission.

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      5.  Transplant of insulin-producing islet cells

A 43-year old woman with difficult-to-control T1D had insulin-producing cells transplanted into the fatty membrane in her stomach cavity. According to the University of Miami researchers, the islet cells started producing insulin at a very fast rate, and after just one year she is doing quite well and no longer needs insulin injections.  The researchers are currently exploring ways to optimize insulin-producing islet cell therapy in order to use it on a larger population. This study offers a new transplant approach and is expected to aid research toward developing a new mini-organ known as the BioHub which would mimic the pancreas and act as a temporary home for the transplanted cells. This would help avoid the potential complications associated with using the liver for islet cell transplants.

Scientists believe that these findings will inform future research and help to make life-changing treatments and technologies a reality.

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What are Siren Diabetic Socks?

Siren Diabetes Socks To Help You Manage Your Diabetes

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 just took place and Siren Diabetic Socks scooped an award for being one of the best innovations.

In a bid to help people through the power of prevention, siren smart diabetic socks help detect problems before they become big ones. These socks help prevent foot ulceration in an effort to prevent and reduce amputations in diabetics through early recognition of ulcerative and pre-ulcerative areas. Thanks to these socks, you can easily keep tabs on any kind of injury and inflammation in real time, all from your feet.

Siren diabetic SocksDiabetic Foot swelling is common in both type I and type II diabetes and this can serve as a prelude to serious problems. Therefore, early detection is vital and this is where these cozy socks come into play. Siren Care’s socks use temperature sensors that are woven into the fabric to detect temperature changes. Co-founders veronica Tran and Ran Ma believe they’ve created a novel solution to a serious problem.

How Do Siren Diabetic Socks Work?

Temperature sensors embedded in the socks monitor temperature changes from 6 spots on the feet and transmit them via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to a smartphone. The temperature at each of these specific spots is compared between your feet and if there’s a significant difference, you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone. This helps to reduce false alarms.

Data collected by the socks is stored on your phone and in the cloud in order to ensure that you can monitor your health from any source and from anywhere. Anytime the wearables detect a high-temperature difference, they send data to its companion smart app which will alert you to the potential issue and prompt you to check your feet. This could be as simple as a shoelace that is tucked to your shoe and you can’t feel it and you can easily get injuries from that.

How Long do These Socks Last?

Each wearable lasts 6 months and once you take them off they go to sleep mode to avoid wasting energy. Moreover, they can be thrown to the wash without destroying the sensors and their smart capabilities. According to Ma, the SirenSmart Textile technology can incorporate a wide range of electronics and sensors, including pressure sensors, moisture sensors, light sensors, RFIDs, BLE, MCU, LED’s, etc. seamlessly into fabric.

How Should I Use and Care for the Socks?

Siren Diabetic Socks are sold in a pack of seven pairs to ensure that you have a clean pair of socks each day. Moreover, the socks are waterproof and thus dryer safe and machine washable. You can either connect the sensor data to your smartphone or buy a Siren Plug that you can plug into a wall outlet.

The Siren Plug sends data wirelessly to your wearables to a team of professionals who will notify you of any injuries or potential injuries by texting or calling you. The batteries should last the six months you use the socks without need for replacement. You need to purchase another pack of socks after 6 months.

These socks are designed to comfortably fit your feet and guarantee the highest comfort. They are produced using Neurofabric technology and they feature a padded footbed that cushions the soles of your feet. They are also non-binding to ensure optimum circulation. These socks can be worn at any time with or without shoes just like a normal sock. They can also be worn when exercising.

Is the sock lumpy?

The anklet disk and embedded sensors do not make the socks lumpy because the temperature sensors are incorporated into the fabric and they are designed to send data to the Siren Plug or thee companion app in your phone. The anklet on the sock holds the BLE chip and battery. The anklet has a thin profile and is designed to cover the smallest surface area possible.

Right now Siren Care is calling for all interested parties to join the company’s wait list in order to be among the first to purchase and try their Siren diabetic socks.

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