Episode 90: The Research for a Cure

May 4, 2021

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Why isn't type 1 diabetes curable right now? In this episode, we talk about recent research for a cure to type 1 diabetes. 


We have been told for decades that the cure for type 1 diabetes is right around the corner. After a while it gets old, but research for a cure is still ongoing and researchers are making amazing progress.

Wins & Fails

Colleen's Win: I adjusted my correction factors for the afternoon and started turning on my pump’s exercise mode to help prevent lows after going on a walk after work. 

Jessie's Fail: The belly button ring Jessie got for her 18th birthday fell out after not healing correctly. 

Hack or Tip of the Week

As we get into warmer weather towards late spring and early summer, remember to keep your supplies with you when you go out.

Check out Myabetic and Frio wallets.

The research for a cure to type 1 diabetes has been ongoing for many decades. Find out more about recent efforts on this problem.

Diabetes Spotlight

The spotlight this week is on Dr. Denise Faustman, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory

She’s currently conducting the BCG Human Clinical Trial Program to investigate if the BCG vaccine could be a treatment for established type 1 diabetes.

Much cure research focuses on reversing or halting newly diagnosed cases, but a vast majority of type 1 diabetes is established—meaning people have had it for years. 

Whatever the outcome, it will be interesting to watch what comes of her research.

Question for You!

When do you think we’ll see a cure for type 1 diabetes? In your lifetime? In the next 100 years? We’d love to hear your guesses in the comments.

Links & Resources


Our music is by Joseph McDade. Check out his website here!

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Life & mindset coach, writer, host of podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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