Diabetes Research: Finding a Cure
Finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a priority for the researchers at the USF Diabetes Center. Current diabetes research focuses on:
- Finding those at-risk for developing T1D
- Preventing Type 1 Diabetes by preserving insulin making cells (Beta cells in pancreas) in those at risk
- Replacing or growing new islet cells
- Improve therapies for those who currently have T1D.
The USF Diabetes Center along with the University of Florida Diabetes Center and the University of Miami Diabetes Center offer studies to families affected by type 1 diabetes.
Finding Those at Risk
One of the biggest challenges facing research in type 1 diabetes is determining who is at risk for developing the disease. Diabetes risk screenings can help us to find diabetes in the early stages well before blood sugar control is lost.
Type 1 Diabetes Prevention/Islet Cell Preservation
Once a person is found to be at risk for developing T1D, there are a number of studies that focus on protecting the Beta cells, with the hope of preventing or delaying T1D.
Replacing or Growing New Islet Cells
Research studies are also looking into replacing or re-growing Beta cells in those who already have T1D. This process will be more successful once we learn how to protect the cells that make insulin from being destroyed. These approaches, combined with ways to protect the Beta cell, may lead to a cure.
Improving Therapies for Those with T1D
New technology and new drugs are making it easier to control your blood sugar. New continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are helping people with diabetes make adjustments before their blood sugars get too high or too low. Eventually, insulin pumps will work with CGMs seamlessly to help control blood sugars. In addition, new medications may improve insulin action leading to better blood sugars control throughout the day.
If you are interested in learning more about
Type 1 Diabetes research, please call the
USF Diabetes Center Research Administrator