Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people in the Unites States. One man has been working to combat the disease of diabetes, and he has made huge strides towards identifying the bacteria that seems to be the cause of type 2 diabetes. He is currently finalizing a treatment, which could prove useful as a vaccination or even a cure for the illness.
It is known that type 2 diabetes occurs in overweight individuals, especially those where a poor diet and little physical activity exist in combination. Pre-diabetics and those already diagnosed with the disease can lower the symptoms and even eradicate the disease by eating a diet low in carbohydrates and exercising regularly. Easier said than done. The leading medication at this time for type 2 diabetes is Metformin, which helps to lower the blood sugar levels.
According to KCRG, Dr. Patrick Schlievert, University of Iowa professor of microbiology, has identified what he believes to be the cause of type 2 diabetes. Staphylococcus aureusm, more commonly known simply as staph, is a bacteria that increases as one gains weight. Dr. Schlievert explains that this causes high blood sugar and insulin resistance.
“We have a generally recognized as safe compound by the FDA, that actually can de-colonize people. So what we want to do is the next clinical study now, to try to de-colonize people of the staph aureus, and see if their type 2 diabetes goes away.”
Once Dr. Schlievert determined the cause of type 2 diabetes, he began working on a treatment to kill the bacteria, which he believed would eradicate the symptoms. An exciting trial shows the treatment has been proven to be effective in lab rabbits. Though the potential cure has not been given to people with diabetes as of yet, Dr. Schlievert is working to accomplish this goal by the end of the year.
“What we would like to do is take pre-diabetics, and treat them with this compound, de-colonize them, and then look and see what happens to their insulin resistance and their blood sugar. And what I think its going to happen, is they’re going to go down.”
A look at Twitter shows that Dr. Schlievert has an excellent track record at combating the staph bacteria in other areas of healthcare as well.
— KNODE (@knodeinc) December 24, 2013
— Adam Norton (@adamnorton3) August 21, 2013
This potential diabetes treatment is a dream come true for many with the disease, as well as those who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
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