Interferon May Hold The Key To Fighting Type I Diabetes

July 1, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A study performed on 125 patients diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes has shown that a low dose of interferon may help to stabilize insulin production.

“It shows a strong trend in preserving insulin-producing beta cell function that is significantly better than placebo. It can extend the ‘honeymoon phase’ of the disease, allowing the body to still produce insulin from beta cells, which correlates with decreased complication rates,” Dr. Stanley Brod, the lead researcher on the study, explained to Breakthrough Digest.

The results have created high hopes in the medical community, and further studies are set to be performed to find out more about how interferon can work in this and other diabetes cases.

Brod also hopes that further research will prove his theories that diabetes is an interferon deficiency autoimmune condition, in which the body does not naturally produce enough of the proteins needed to operate the immune system normally.

The study has been published in Diabetes Care.


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