If the news is true, a new cure for diabetes may be in the works. Scientist in a Toronto hospital have discovered a cure for diabetes in mice that cures them almost overnight. If this can be translated to humans, the millions who suffer from diabetes may have a chance to recover and not have the intrusion that diabetes causes in their daily lives.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. “Mice with diabetes suddenly didn’t have diabetes any more.”
The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market.
But the excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, an immunologist at the hospital and a leader of the studies. “In my career, this is unique.”