Diabetic Stool Pigeons

Stool pigeons isn’t quite the right term. Guinea pigs conscripted for stool experiments is more accurate. According to the Associated Press, researchers at the University of North Carolina implanted feces of thin, healthy individuals into obese, prediabetic patients and saw improvement in the recipients’ insulin sensitivity. Is that weird or what?!

Before our imaginations become engrossed with the whys and hows of the experiment, we need to focus on the fact that diabetes is a serious condition that affects many of our friends and loved ones. Some of the complications of the disease are: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, neuropathy and amputation. My mother died a horrid, incredibly painful death last year due to a combination of complications resulting from her diabetic condition.

In 2007, the National Diabetes Association reported that 23.6 million Americans, 7.8% of the population at the time, had diabetes, and 57 million people were considered prediabetic. The year before, the disease was listed as the seventh leading cause of death in our country. “1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.” http://www.diabetes.org

Like the UNC researchers, we’re all anxious for a cure for this deadly disease. Though I am neither a scientists nor a doctor, I can’t help but believe there’s a better approach than “sharing” feces. Future blogs will discuss those options. Becky

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