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Can Insulin Prevent Diabetes in Kids?

Giving young children doses of insulin to "educate" their immune systems might work to prevent type-1 diabetes, researchers reported on Tuesday. A very early trial in a few children who have a high genetic risk of diabetes showed some indications that the approach might work, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disorder driven by inflammation.  A more fruitful approach would be to reduce inflammation in children with high-risk of type 1 diabetes, especially during their “honeymoon” period when anti-bodies to the beta cells are appearing, but the destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas has not yet begun.  Clinical studies have indicated that high-dose fish oil has significant benefits in the reduction of the inflammation-induced damage to the pancreas in such children.

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