Diabetes is a big deal in the United States, affecting over 37 million people. A large chunk of these folks has type 2 diabetes, a condition often seen in older people but increasingly found in the younger generation too.
A recent study brings promising news: a treatment that could let people stop taking daily insulin shots.
How Does This New Treatment Work?
People with type 2 diabetes usually take medicine to keep their blood sugar in check. Some even need daily insulin shots.
This new treatment, called “ReCET” (Re-cellularization via Electroporation Therapy), takes a different route.
The method uses controlled electrical pulses to tweak the lining of the small intestine. A thin tube with a camera, called an endoscope, is put down your throat to help doctors see where to apply these pulses.
In the study, they started with 14 people who have type 2 diabetes. After they got the ReCET treatment, these folks ate a special diet for two weeks.
Then they began taking a diabetes drug called semaglutide. This drug can help some people stop taking insulin, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Promising Results: No More Insulin Shots?
The outcome of the study was pretty encouraging. Most people in the trial could quit taking insulin while still keeping their blood sugar under control.
The doctors think ReCET helps your body use insulin better, which is a big deal. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body isn’t good at using insulin, so you often need medication. ReCET could change that.
Looking Ahead: Could This Be a Game-Changer?
What’s exciting about this treatment is it might be a one-time thing that offers lasting benefits. No more daily insulin shots could be a huge relief for millions of people.
However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s still more research to be done to make sure this treatment is safe and works for everyone.
But if this pans out, it could be a groundbreaking way to manage diabetes. It might allow people to keep their blood sugar in check without the hassle of daily medicine.
Stay Healthy to Keep Diabetes at Bay
By the way, the best way to fight type 2 diabetes is to never get it in the first place. Simple things like eating well, staying active, and regular doctor visits can make a big difference.
Other recent studies suggest that certain diets could reduce the risk of vision problems, and Vitamin E might help control blood sugar.
The study was shared at Digestive Disease Week in 2023. It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s a step forward in finding new ways to make life easier for people with type 2 diabetes.
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