Friday, April 11, 2008

New Breakthrough for Diabetes!

This bit of news is about a potential cure for type 1 diabetes. Research done recently at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto Canada has uncovered some interesting insights into diabetes.

Previously it was thought that the cause was an autoimmune reaction that targeted and destroyed the islet cells of the pancreas. However the new research seems to point in another direction. It suggests that malfunctioning nerves in the pancreas were damaging the islet cells because of an excess of substance p that which was causing the inflammation that was damaging the cells.

Researchers used injections of capsaicin into diabetic mice and successfully reversed type 1 diabetes, the first time this has ever been done.

Discovery of a critical role for sensory nerves in diabetes opens door to new treatment strategies

What I find interesting about this is that capsaicin is isolated from cayenne pepper, and cayenne has been used for many years as a "folk remedy" for diabetes. Is science now validating an age-old remedy for this disease? It’s too early to tell just how effective this technique will be in humans, but it certainly opens up new possibilities for treatment!

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