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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes 253

multicsfan writes Researchers have found that an injection of protein FGF1 stops weight induced diabetes in mice, with no apparent side effects. However, the cure only lasts 2 days at a time. Future research and human trials are needed to better understand and create a working drug. From the story: "The team found that sustained treatment with the protein doesn't merely keep blood sugar under control, but also reverses insulin insensitivity, the underlying physiological cause of diabetes. Equally exciting, the newly developed treatment doesn't result in side effects common to most current diabetes treatments."
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

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  • Too bad healthy food tastes and/or feels like shit and excercise is frustrating, wholly unpleasant and time-consuming :/

  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Friday July 18, 2014 @01:09AM (#47480275) Journal

    Bullshit, I've been doing it for 2 years now and healthy food is fine, it tastes like food, not random chemicals and slop.

    It's actually not that difficult to cook something healthy and quickly in a short amount of time once you actually put the effort in for a couple of months, a quick and simple food routine is great.

  • Yet those of use who exercise and eat healthy seem to lead a happier life. With so much frustration and time wasting, it's a strange thing isn't it?

    Not really. It's selection bias; those who do it tend to also like doing it, so of course they'll also be happy to continue with it. Those who don't like it tend not to do it. It's like asking people who enjoy chocolate if they're happy when they're eating chocolate.

  • Which is worse, texturally: swallowing a bunch of vegetables now or a bunch of medicine later in life for all of the cancer you got from never eating healthy?

    The former. Pills are so small that you can just gulp them down with any liquid drink you have handy. I know you were trying to be cheeky, but you kind of failed at it.

  • Re:Cure? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ArmoredDragon ( 3450605 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @02:14AM (#47480473)

    No, but if it removes insulin resistance even temporarily then it can improve the hell out of their lives and dramatically reduce morbidity. Even taking that treatment once a day would be much better than dealing with the constant finger pricks, injections, and constantly having to be careful about what you eat (and I'm not talking about sugary foods, which are obvious and easy to avoid, but rather the glycemic load in other foods that are very much not obvious.)

  • If you don't think something that can last a whole 2 freaking days is a big deal because they have to keep doing it, I suggest asking someone who has to poke themselves with a needlle 4 or 5 times a day what they think.
  • What I meant was, you can train yourself to like healthy foods, to the point of craving them. Me, just eating one small burger from McDonald's makes me sick now.

    That could be, or it could not be. I don't know. I would need to solve the food texture - issue first and I don't know how. Most what people offer me is "stuff it all in the blender and make it all the same, messy goop." -- doesn't sound like much of anything worth eating.

    As for exercising, it make you feel good. It really does. It's a real buzz after an mere half hour of cycling or swimming.

    Now you're trying to assert your own feelings and tastes as facts. I do not get any sort of "buzz" after excercise, I do not feel good about it, it just makes me cranky. I have tried in the past, I was once in quite good shape. I just couldn't keep it up because it was a major hassle, unpleasant and being cranky and tired was the opposite of what I wanted to feel like. All of you people who actually enjoy excercise always do the same thing where you assert that it's totally impossible not to like excercising and that everyone, EVERYONE, will feel the same as you about it.

  • by Dr_Barnowl ( 709838 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @04:03AM (#47480785)

    Only a half-wit conspiracy theorist dumbass would think they aren't trying to find a cure.

    I think this is one case where conspiracy theory is basically the truth. Big pharma has created one of the most systematic systems of scientific fraud on the planet - running multiple studies and carefully cherry picking only those that happen to produce positive results to promote their new drugs, over the old ones with expired patents being just one of the tricks they use. If you want to see an excellent discussion of it from a statistical epidemiologist, read Bad Pharma [amazon.co.uk] by Ben Goldacre.

    In some cases, the new drugs have actually been proven to be worse than nothing at all later on, a fact that the drug companies almost certainly knew when they released them onto the market.

    Believing that a company that is ostensibly devoted to improving the lives of people, but actually engages in this crap, just to make a buck, would deliberately withhold a cure for something in order to continue selling a repeat treatment? All too easy.

  • by HnT ( 306652 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @04:28AM (#47480849)

    Note that the article talks about a TREATMENT and not a CURE. Your diet and workout regime is also a TREATMENT and not a CURE. As it stands now Type2 can go into remission which usually means your GP will take you off of your meds and people think they are "cured" when actually they are not cured, their condition is just in remission and like your account vividly displays: it can quickly flare up again.

  • by Antique Geekmeister ( 740220 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @06:33AM (#47481139)

    [ I speak as an older programmer, with plenty of diabetic acquaintances and family. ]

    I'm afraid there are plenty of Type 2 diabetics whose weight gain was _triggered_ or at least ballooned, under the influence of Type 2 diabetes. The insulin resistance can also cause high insulin levels, which triggers hunger. The spiral of high insulin levels and weight gain can get out of hand very quickly. The result is that people believe that the weight gain triggered the Type 2, not the reverse, especially as the early symptoms are quite modest and only show up with regular blood testing or a glucose tolerance test. It also makes treatment quite difficult, since lapses can leave the victims feeling surprisingly hungry and eager to break their treatment regimes.

    There are certainly millions of Type 2 diabetics who'd welcome a much simpler treatment approach: the oral medications do have complications. Injections are awkward, but there are certainly millions of Type 1 diabetics who absolutely need frequent insulin injections or insulin pumps who will say "get over it".

  • by dywolf ( 2673597 ) on Friday July 18, 2014 @07:54AM (#47481359)

    Have a cookie.

    what works for you may not work for others, as others may have reasons or other issues that preclude what works for you.
    shortly, you cannot speak to everyones situation and to do so is extreme arrogance.
    thus, this potential treatment is a huge boon to those people.

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