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Scientists from London have identified a way cells could be manipulated to treat diabetes. The team from Western University, Lawson Health Research and Children’s Hospital focused on insulin producing beta-cells and the role of a receptor called c-kit. One of the hallmarks of diabetes is the loss of beta cells, but boosting levels of c-kit produced improved cell function. Their study found that mice treated this way were protected from early onset diabetes. The hope is that this research will pave the way for ways to treat beta cells as a cure for both type one and type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in our society and today St. Joseph’s Healthcare in London announced a new website for those dealing with the disease.
Victor Garber was in London over the weekend. The guest of honour at a special dinner to raise money and awareness of diabetes. It’s a cause close to his heart, as the London native was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 12. CTV’s Jan Sims sat down with Garber for a candid conversation.
The numbers are disturbing. More than three million Canadians have diabetes, and among the fastest growing segment of the population with the disease, children aged 5 to 9. But a new study is looking at how families can better manage type 1 diabetes to help these kids enjoy a better quality of life.