The Whole World is Celebrating: Diabetes Vaccine Officially Revealed!
The vaccine for tuberculosis Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) was discovered over a century ago. But now, this same vaccine has shown to have a potential to become a Type 1 Diabetes vaccine.
Currently, the tuberculosis vaccine is used to treat bladder cancer, and according to experts, it is completely safe. At the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, there was an announcement that FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will test this vaccine to 150 diabetics. These people had an advanced stage of type 1 Diabetes.
In this type of diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin because all of the cells who create it in the first place are destroyed by the immune system.
However, what is created are the T cells, who produce insulin, but in the pancreatic area, causing issues. Well, this vaccine can eliminate those T cells.
The patients who were injected with this vaccine were found with a growth in the amount of a tumor. And, when the THF levels increase, the T cells, that prevent the creation of insulin, are being destroyed.
This was once proven before, with the same vaccine, and in both cases, some people even started producing insulin for themselves.
One of the doctors involved in this case, Dr. Denise Faustman, claims that she is very happy with these results. She adds that even though these were only the results of the preliminary tests, they will continue working on it until they get long term results. She also added that they are creating a system to treat the most advanced diseases.
They are conducting a new trial, which is going to start this summer and last for the next five years. It will include patients from 18 to 60 years old, and within the first year, they will receive shots twice within a month, and the following four years they will receive one vaccine in each year.
However, not all diabetes experts are confident that this treatment actually will work. Robert Sobel is an assistant professor of endocrinology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and he explains why he is skeptical:
“I think it’s a stretch to say this would have a huge impact on the millions plus type I diabetes patients in this country. We would love to do something to preserve or repopulate their beta cell mass. Historically, we have watched it dwindle and have not been able to do something (in time).”
We only can wait and see as time will tell if this vaccine will be the viable treatment option for type 1 diabetes or not.
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