May 22, 2013

Potential T1D Vaccine…Someday


vaccineThe largest supermarket chain in the UK, Tesco, decided to partner up with Diabetes UK, to fund what will be the biggest single research program looking into a possible vaccine for T1D. The joint effort is funded with $15 million to research the hurculean feat of wiping T1D off the face of the Earth.

Michael Kissman, Community Director at Tesco, said, “Working in this partnership, I’ve met many people coping with the difficulties this condition can bring. It is hugely exciting that through the generosity of our colleagues and customers, we can contribute to a possible future without Type 1 diabetes and also help all those who are currently living with diabetes in the UK.”

Initially, the research efforts will be to find a way to helps delay the onset of T1D. Ultimately the goal is to vaccinate against the development of the disease, all together. First things first, you must plant seeds before the garden grows.

After years of unfruitful research to develop a T1D vaccine, researchers believe that even though the treatments don’t prevent the development of the disease, they could still be used to potentially reduce the associated health complications.

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 3 million Americans live with T1D. The disease develops when the body launches an autoimmune attack on the insulin-producing cells, making a person unable to make insulin or regulate blood glucose.

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