Millions of people worldwide suffer from diabetes. For those who may not be aware, diabetes is a metabolic disease that caused the body to be unable to produce insulin or enough insulin thus causing high levels of glucose in the blood.
However, one ‘vaccine’ that has already been FDA approved as a form of treatment for bladder cancer might be the answer to this growing issue. In trials using mice, this vaccine has proven to be quite effective in reversing type 1 diabetes as it can and does eliminate problematic white blood cells that lead to diabetes.
The vaccine I am referring to is known as Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and it is currently in its second phase which it was tested to see if it was as effective in humans as it has been animals. If these findings hold true then it will mean that BCG is able to regenerate insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas and that we could have been using it in this way many years ago since this vaccine has been in place since the early 1900s.
Immunology researcher Denise Faustman of Massachusetts General Hospital who led this trial and others told JDRF as follows:
“We think we’re seeing early evidence of effectiveness. This simple, inexpensive vaccine attacks the autoimmunity underlying type 1 diabetes.”
“We found that even low doses of the vaccine could transiently reverse type 1 diabetes and this was in patients who have had the disease for 15 years.”
“Our measurements showed that autoimmune T cells that destroy the islet cells died, and we saw evidence that insulin production was restored.”
Results thus far from this FDA-approved clinical trialed testing were presented at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. This data shows that it really makes a huge difference. While this trial is not quite over it has been quite promising thus far. You can learn more by clicking here or checking out the video below. What do you think, could this actually turn out to be a vaccine for diabetes?
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