I know that a lot of you read this site for updates on the latest treatment for diabetes. There are 400 million people worldwide that have this shocking disease for which there is still no “official” cure. Today I would like to discuss a recent diabetes breakthrough that probably not many of you know about.
Did you know that there is a bacteria-killing protein that resides in all of our bodies? Not surprisingly this protein is found in high levels in our guts where most bacteria live.
It’s a tongue twister of a name
The protein I refer to has a real tongue twister of a name – cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP). Interestingly CAMP not only resides in our guts but also in our pancreas, which was a complete shock to doctors when they discovered it, because there is not a lot of bacteria in our pancreas.
This latest treatment for diabetes started in Ottawa…
Drs at Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa ran some experiments to try to determine what CAMP was doing residing in the pancreas and how it might be linked to diabetes. Interestingly they found that CAMP is produced by the same pancreatic cells that produce insulin in humans.
What happened when they put CAMP in the pancreas?
When they treated pancreatic cells with CAMP they found that it DOUBLED insulin secretion! This is a very promising find by doctors to say the least!! Furthermore, they found that CAMP genes were way lower in diabetic rats than normal rats.
The doctors then injected diabetic lab rats with CAMP and found signs of increased regeneration in the pancreas plus more good bacteria in the gut.
Unfortunately there is still many more questions than answers but it does uncover an exciting new development in the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.This discovery has been published in the journal Diabetes. It could lead to a new treatments for the disease.
Other new developments include the invention of a blood sugar patch which may make traditional blood sugar monitoring via a finger prick a thing of the past.
What do you think of this latest treatment for diabetes? It all sounds exciting to me. Please leave a comment below.