Latest treatment for diabetes – bacteria-killing protein

Latest treatment for diabetes

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 nameLatest treatment for diabetes bacteria killing protein

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.

Latest treatment for diabetesWhat 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.

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  1. Matthew

    Its great that your releasing new results from diabetes research.
    People need to find stuff like this out, please keep researching this topic.
    You have layed the post about beautifully and is incredibly easy to understand, keep up the great work i look forward to seeing more articles in the future.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      I’m all over it. Thanks for the feedback Matthew. Here is another link to recent diabetes breakthroughs if you are interested…

  2. Amanda

    This sounds good and hopefully will develop into a cure. My mum has diabetes and it does affect her day to day like. I also think it’s very important to live a healthy lifestyle with healthy food and exercise.
    This is the key to prevention and recovery. Please keep us updated on any further developments with CAMP.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanks for your comments Amanda and all the best to your Mum. With proper diet and exercise she should be able to live a normal, healthy, happy life!


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