Hopes for type 1 di­a­betes cure Kristie Lim

Eastern Reporter - - News -

A NO­RANDA res­i­dent and Di­a­betes Re­search WA board mem­ber, who has lived with type 1 di­a­betes for more than 40 years, says world re­searchers are closer to find­ing a cure than ever be­fore.

Mervyn Roth­stein is a so­lic­i­tor and has pro­vided the board le­gal ad­vice for more than 25 years.

Mr Roth­stein said he had good hopes that a cure would be found in his life­time.

“Hav­ing watched the re­search world­wide, it would not sur­prise me if there is a cure within the next five years,” he said.

“There is an el­e­ment of li­ais­ing with other re­searchers world­wide to make sure there is no du­pli­cate re­search go­ing on.

“I think there’s amaz­ing progress that has been made and I be­lieve it’s a mat­ter of time un­til we find a cure, whether it’s go­ing to be in the form of ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing or trans­plant­ing a pan­creas or cre­at­ing a new pan­creas with 3D printing.”

Mr Roth­stein said when he was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, one doc­tor told him to “hang in there” un­til a cure was dis­cov­ered.

“When I was first di­ag­nosed, blood glu­cose lev­els had to be tested through urine and the glass sy­ringes I had to use to in­ject my­self with life­sav­ing insulin had to be ster­ilised in boil­ing wa­ter,” he said. “It’s a lot sim­pler now I can use a blood glu­cose mon­i­tor to prick my fin­ger and check my lev­els; there are even mon­i­tors you wear per­ma­nently and can just scan, and modern sy­ringes and insulin pens are much more so­phis­ti­cated.”

Di­a­betes Re­search WA will host a free pub­lic sem­i­nar in East Perth called, ‘Where is the cure for di­a­betes hid­ing … and why haven’t we found it yet?’ as part of World Di­a­betes Day ac­tiv­i­ties on Novem­ber 13.

Mervyn Roth­stein

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