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As a diabetes educator, I have heard many people who have type 1 diabetes in my classes share what I refer to as “magic cures” for their disease. These remedies often come from television and/or radio advertisements, but there also books written by so-called “experts” promoting an herb, plant-based food or pill that will miraculously reverse the symptoms associated with diabetes, curing those afflicted with this disease forever.
Unfortunately, there is no current, research-based, cure for diabetes. However, there are ways to manage the disease that can help prevent or delay complications and allow those with type 1 to live long and healthy lives.
What is type 1 diabetes?
In order to better understand the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes, it’s important to know more about this disease. Type 1 diabetes is most prevalent in children, teenagers and young adults, but anyone can be affected by this disease. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not known, but genetics, environmental influences and other factors can play a role in the development of the disease. Little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas so a person with type 1 must treat their disease with insulin, diet and exercise.
Managing type 1 diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), when a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the core to proper management is composed of the following elements:
Michigan State University Extension reminds us to be cautious about “magic cures” and to not be misled or fooled by unscientific remedies. Instead, stick to approved type 1 diabetic protocols that are research-based. MSU Extension offers disease prevention and management programs that include programs that focus on ways to manage diabetes. For more information, visit MSU Extension.
This material was created specially for WorldHealthNews project by Michael Kelly.
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