ADA board chairman discusses UAB’s announcement on diabetes research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Researchers at the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center recently cured diabetes in lab mice using a commonly prescribed blood pressure medication.

Chris Christie, who is on the Alabama board of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), says the news out of UAB is the first step in finding a cure for diabetes.

“UAB School of Medicine and [Dr. Aneth Shalev], who is the primary researcher for the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center, has made tremendous strides in actually reversing,” Christie said. “All of the prior treatments really just dealt with people’s inability to make or use insulin correctly. They actually now have a process that reverses diabetes in mice.”

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Christie says human trials are set to begin in January.

“The trials that they’re starting in January 2015 are for Type 1 diabetes,” Christie added. “Type 1 is those people who don’t make insulin like they should, but it will have an impact on people with Type 2 diabetes also.”

Alabama has more diabetes than any other state in the United States, meaning a breakthrough could prove to be highly beneficial to many Alabamians.

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Christie says lifestyle issues, diet, exercise and hereditary issues are factors that play into why Alabama has such a high number of diabetes.

“Twelve percent of the people in Alabama have diabetes,” Christie said. “Nationally, nine percent of people have diabetes. This is a major issue for us in Alabama.”

For more information on the human clinical trials or to enroll, contact UAB’s Kentress Davison at 205-934-4112 or 205-975-9308.

For more information on the American Diabetes Association, click here.

To fund diabetes research at UAB and much more, visit the Comprehensive Diabetes Center.

For more information on the diabetes human trial, click here.

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