World Diabetes Day 2016
Today is the 25th World Diabetes Day (WDD). The event was created 25 years ago, by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, to draw attention to the growing problem of Diabetes and the global health threat it represents.
The problem is still unresolved and needs to be highlighted. This year, the theme of WDD 2016 is ‘Eyes on diabetes’.
The two folded issue of diabetes
- The lack of systematic tests – Only one in two adults with diabetes is diagnosed. Undiagnosed patients risk major complications as the symptoms of diabetes become more problematic the longer they are untreated. This is why early screening is important to reduce the risk of complications.
- The burden of monitoring – The need of intensive monitoring represents a strain for the patients and diabetes always comes with associated health conditions and complications that need regular screening.
There is therefore an urgent need to diagnose and provide appropriate treatment to people with diabetes before the symptoms are allowed to progress.
Human pancreatic organoids transplantation to treat Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)
The European LSFM4LIFE project aims at providing a long term solution to fight Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) with a promising new angle: cellular therapy with human pancreas organoids.
Transplantation of Pancreas islets restores a therapeutic pool of functional stem-cells to the patient. The transplanted islets take over the precise physiological control of blood glucose levels in a manner that is not achievable with insulin injections. Thus, T1D patients treated using this method are relieved from injecting insulin.
This fine-tuned glucose control allows T1D patients to lead a healthier life as the long-term complications of T1D are expected to be diminished, thus significantly reducing morbidity and mortality. In addition to improving their quality of life expenses associated with T1D symptoms, treatment and monitoring are expected to be reduced.
International Diabetes Federation – World Diabetes Day 2016