Throughout this National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM), we introduced you to the Joslin researchers working towards a cure for type 1 diabetes.
We told you about Joslin’s unique three-pronged approach to a cure, called the 3Rs collaboration. This partnership between three Joslin researchers tackles all three steps needed to halt the autoimmunity attack and enable the body to regrow its own lost insulin cells.
-Dr. Serwold is figuring out how to reset the immune system by mounting a targeted attack against the immune cells that are primed to destroy beta cells, and then replacing them with healthy cells.
-Dr. Kissler is manipulating immune system genetics to better regulate the functioning of immune regulatory cells — from making sure that destructive immune cells can’t hide in the pancreas, to perfecting how they learn how to identify the destructive cells before they can do any harm.
-Dr. Yi is working on regenerating lost beta cells using a protein called betatrophin secreted by the liver. He plans to create a betatrophin drug to stimulate production of beta cells in people with type 1 diabetes.
During the week of World Diabetes Day Joslin’s certified diabetes educators set up tables for patients to peruse while waiting for their appointments. Each day of the week detailed a different set of issues facing people with diabetes and their families. On Monday, they focused on nutrition, healthy snacks and portions. Tuesday and Wednesday displayed information on insurance, diabetes considerations and costs. Thursday talked about nursing in diabetes, how to give injections, the meaning behind high and low blood glucose and how to manage sick days. They pulled all the information together for Friday, World Diabetes Day.
Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) organized several community outreach events during the month of November, including their second annual Dim Sum for Diabetes event to raise awareness for diabetes in the Asian American community. The AADI also unveiled their participation in the Screen at 23 campaign, which is a national awareness campaign that calls for Asian Americans to be screened for type 2 diabetes at a body mass index of 23 kg/m2.
Lastly, we had the privilege of appearing on Channel 5’s Eyeopener Wake Up call to promote the cutting-edge care and research at Joslin.
Joslin’s mission of curing diabetes doesn’t end with November. It’s our year-round mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes in the hopes of reaching our vision of a world free of diabetes and its complications.
Support Joslin’s research for a cure. Donate at giving.joslin.org/3Rs