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Update in Type 1 Diabetes

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Mail Stop B140, P.O. Box 6511, Aurora, Colorado 80045-6511, USA.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &amp Metabolism (Impact Factor: 6.31). 08/2007; 92(7):2403-7. DOI: 10.1210/jc.2007-0339
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Type 1 diabetes is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by severe beta-cell loss. The great majority of patients have type 1A or immune-mediated diabetes.
There has been recent progress in defining the genetics, pathogenesis, and natural history of the disease. In addition, there is a major effort to develop immunotherapies to prevent the disorder and to cure the disease with islet transplantation, and there is potential for dramatic improvement in care with introduction of continuous glucose monitoring devices. The discovery of "metabolic memory" underscores the importance of excellent metabolic control. With comprehensive care, major microvascular complications (e.g. blindness and renal failure) are preventable for most patients.
The existence of multiple "competing" technologies to deal with this devastating disorder holds promise of improved outcomes.

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