The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) has kicked-off a three-part series examining the valuable contributions animal models have made in the hunt to treat and cure diabetes. Part 1, “Animal Research Creates Treatments and Advances for Type 1 Diabetes,” was introduced yesterday.
It is estimated that diabetes impacts about 387 million people globally and health experts expect that number to rise to 592 million by 2035. It is a group of metabolic diseases in which blood sugars are high over a prolonged period of time and is the result of either the pancreas not manufacturing enough insulin or the body’s cells not responding properly to the produced insulin.
While doctors know that a healthy diet, exercise, avoiding tobacco products, and maintaining proper body weight are important factors in prevention, animal models like cows, pigs, and mice have played an important role in treating and improving the lives of diabetics.
Please click here to read the first part of FBR’s trilogy on the role of animals in Type 1 diabetes research. FBR’s next piece on Type 2 diabetes is expected next week.