Diabetes : Cure or Conspiracy?

To some people, diabetes can be a fated nemesis that will remain for life. Most people might be unaware that diabetes can also be inherited. Medical history from other family members are certainly risk factors, but lifestyle is the ultimate determinant. Diabetes has restricted many people from having their favorite foods at their own chosen times, and that alone is a reason why diabetes is such an ill-fated ailment. Possible health complications only make living with these disease worse. With that in mind, it may be obvious to ask if there is truly no cure for diabetes. Could it be that there is a pharmaceutical conspiracy at a global level manipulating people’s sufferings as they please for financial gain?

 

Price of Medicine

 

Like most ailments, it does not come cheap. Having the need to control and maintain your diet can sometimes involve insulin, oral agents and injectable medications that can be quite costly, especially for such extended periods of time. For those with diabetes, the equipment needed varies depending on the type of diabetes. For type 2, which is a more severe variation, monitors and test strips are necessary. With so many millions of Americans suffering from this, pharmaceutical companies are definitely making a huge profit selling medication and equipment to treat it.

 

Conspiracy Theories vs Cure for Diabetes

 

There are scientists who claim to have discovered the cure to diabetes only to be silenced by big corporations. This is done by not allowing for the proper research to be conducted, as well as not allowing it to go past the laboratory phase. Rumors abound, but no cure is to be found. Documentaries have been produced stating this same claim, however, no one really knows if it is a true account or an attempt at attention and publicity. Others claim that they have found ‘miracle cures’. Unfortunately, most of these claims have no scientific basis. Although those are just claims, there really is a new breakthrough pill that is showing promise in research. It consists of probiotic bacteria that is thought to shift glucose levels in the pancreas. This bacteria was engineered to secrete a peptide that may release insulin as a response to food. Scientists hope to be able to bring it to market as soon as it is deemed safe and effective. It is believed to cure both types of diabetes.

 

Healthy lifestyle

 

Although many conspiracies that there is a cure for diabetes exist, no one to date has been able to prove said claims. Until then, there is nothing that can beat a healthy lifestyle.  Keep in mind that diabetes can still be overcome. Diabetes is mainly affected by your blood sugar level. Though it may seem easier than most may think, avoiding sugar in your everyday diet is not something that can easily be done without dedication and resolve. Sticking to home-cooked foods helps, as well as keeping track of your diet and blood sugar levels. With resolute, will, and effort when adhering to a healthy lifestyle and diet can help you live a long and healthy life.

Safety of New Medications for Diabetes

Diabetes is a major problem in the US, and the severity of this problem is rising on a daily basis. As per

some reports, nearly 9% of Americans are already suffering from diabetes. That is around 29 million

people. At the same time, 86 million more have already reached the prediabetes stage, where they have

high blood sugar but not high enough to suffer from type 2 diabetes.

The trend seems likely to continue due to unhealthy lifestyles and diets followed by Americans. In spite

of the best efforts of campaigns and providing information, many people are unaware that their

lifestyles can lead to this dangerous disease.

Medications have been available for fighting against the growing problem of diabetes for years.

However, their effectiveness leaves a lot to be desired. That is why continuous research takes place in

order to develop new medications and treatments for getting rid of diabetes. Currently, a new set of

medications have been approved by the FDA for use in treating type 2 diabetes. Two of them are

mentioned below.

Afrezza

Afrezza is available in the form of a powder and is meant to be inhaled. The action time for this drug is

incredibly fast. It is meant to be taken with meals so as to improve the glycemic control for adults

suffering from diabetes. Extensive studies have been performed with the drug. It has shown significant

improvements for patients of type 1 diabetes and even in patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Blood

sugar levels were considerably reduced in both sets of patients.

However, there is a side effect to Afrezza due to its method of administration. Because it is meant to be

inhaled, it can lead to bronchospasm among patients who also suffer from chronic obstructive

pulmonary disease or asthma. Other possible side effects of this drug include cough, hypoglycemia and

throat pain or irritation. Doctors remain hesitant to prescribe this medication, and sentiment towards it

has been less than positive.

Tanzeum

Manufactured by GSK, Tanzeum is albiglutide which has been classified as a type of glucagon-like

peptide-1 receptor agonist. Glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1 for short, is a hormone which can help

normalize the levels of blood sugar in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Tanzeum will bind to the

GLP-1 so as to stimulate the release of insulin that is dependent on glucose. At the same time, the

release of glucagon, that boosts sugar levels, will be blocked. Tanzeum is meant to be administered by

injection. It is supposed to be used in conjunction with exercise and diet.

Tanzeum has been noticed to be effective after 8 clinical trials. It has even been tested alongside other

common treatments for type 2 diabetes. Albiglutide, the main component in Tanzeum, can cause side

effects ranging from mild to severe. Some of them include muscle pain, joint pains, cough, diarrhea and

loss of voice. It may also increase risk of thyroid cancer.

The fact remains that medications will not be enough to curb the increase in the number of diabetes

cases in America. People need to implement strict changes in their lifestyle and diet. Exercising and

maintaining strong control over weight is essential as well.

Technology and Diabetes

Diabetes is a major disease and killer in this century. There are 29.1 million diabetics in the US alone, according to a recent survey. This figure is also a representation of the large degree of diabetes prevalence worldwide. Type 2 diabetes, which is the more common form of diabetes, is characterized by obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and a sugar-rich diet. It is not surprising that a large portion of Americans suffer from this particular disorder due to the sugar-rich content of their available diets. Type 1 diabetes, though not as common, is the more dangerous form. This form of diabetes is hereditary, and is characterized by individuals with an inability to produce adequate amounts of insulin, necessitating patients to take insulin daily to survive.

How Can Technology Solve This?

Technology can assist and even solve the problem of diabetes in several ways. Many of these ways are already in effect today, and some of them are currently under development. Here are some of them:

Monitoring

Many monitoring applications are currently available for patients who are susceptible to diabetes or actively trying to manage the disorder. These include smartphone apps which can be used to monitor the sugar intake of the user. These apps are by far the most common of the technologies currently in play. Some examples include Glooko, Glucose Buddy, DBees and many other to fit individual cases and lifestyles. Many of these also include healthy eating tips and recipes.

Reminders

A diabetic can easily set reminders using certain apps that time with his schedule, to remind him to take drugs and injections at appropriate times. This ensures that treatment is followed in the right order to avoid danger situations. The app sends alerts at the programmed times via messages, mails or ping deliveries.

Future Tech

Some of the future technologies being created include the Smart Contact lens from Google. This lens would enable wearers to be constantly updated on their blood sugar levels and this would ensure that they make the necessary adjustments to diet, lifestyle and medication in real time. Others are the Smart pumps, which act as automatic injectors for pumping insulin right into the bloodstream of those suffering from the disorder. Researchers are also developing a bionic pancreas that should ease production of insulin, and various techniques for the genomic control and modification of patients suffering from the disorder to prevent inheritance in their offspring and to stop the exhibition of the disease.

Big Data for Diabetics

The various technological tools available do not simply provide a way to monitor the progress of the disorder and help to manage it. The cloud connectivity of most of the apps also helps to create a big data collation unit, from where a baseline can be created to anticipate the danger areas of the disorder and to note the spread rate of the disease. This is the first time this amount of data can be collated, and it promises a veritable tool in the fight against the spread of the disease. Diabetes is prevalent in many peoples and cultures, not only in America, and a technological approach to its solution stands to be the greatest chance that we may have against the spread of the disorder.