World Diabetes Day 2017
Diabetes currently affects over 246 million people in the world, and more than half of this amount are women. These rates are expected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Women with diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage, and diabetes is a cause of over 2.1 million deaths of women globally.
All women with diabetes should have access to affordable and unbiased care and education to better manage their diabetes. That is why, the theme of the annual diabetes awareness campaign, World Diabetes Day 2017, is “Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future”.
LSFM4LIFE, a project, funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is also participating this year in WDD2017, by spreading awareness via Twitter, sharing articles about diabetes and supporting other organizations.
What is LSFM4LIFE project?
The aim of the LSFM4LIFE project – is to find cure for all T1D patients, regardless of their gender.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-long disease, appearing in 5% of all patients with diabetes. The patients are life-dependant on insulin injections, because their pancreas is failing to produce it by its own. For now, there is no official cure for T1D, only the treatment of the symptoms.
Researchers and partners of the LSFM4LIFE project came up together with a goal to create a permanent cure for T1D. During the length of the project, the scientists from different countries are conducting the research, that would involve production of long-term renewing pancreatic cells, also called organoids, for cellular therapy.
The LSFM4LIFE project, if successful, has a chance to become a life-changing experience for all the patients with type 1 diabetes!
For the project to succeed, the consortium was formed with a critical mass of recognized experts, that are providing multi-disciplinary expertise both from the point of view of the academia and the industry.