Type 1 Vaccine Update

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By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com

Scientists have been working to develop an immunotherapy–a vaccine–that targets the cause of type 1 diabetes to prevent or at least delay onset of the disease. Although it’s too early to break out the champagne, advances in the quest for vaccines for type 1 diabetes are being made. Here’s a brief update.

How can a vaccine help type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means the body destroys a healthy part of itself; in the case of type 1 diabetes, what is destroyed are the beta cells, which produce and secrete insulin in the pancreas. Why this occurs is still a mystery, although there are some theories.

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