The urinary tract is also susceptible to bacterial infections, as are the ears, gall bladder, muscles, and fascia, the covering around muscles and organs. Foot infections, usually from bacteria, are a constant threat. Infections can cause blood sugar levels to really go out of control.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease of inflammation, so reducing inflammation is likely to improve diabetes, as well as other inflammatory conditions. They often have rheumatoid arthritis, another inflammatory disease, and controlling their blood sugar levels often improves their arthritis as well. Psoriasis is another inflammatory disease seen in diabetics more often than in non-diabetics.
For any treatment going from the lab or clinical research setting to general use is a slow process, but the work is progressing.
The current research is consistent with a study carried out in Argentina, and reported on in the Medical News Today in 2006. Type 2 diabetes patients were given transplants of stem cells directly into their pancreas and they showed an improvement in their blood sugar levels. It was thought the new stem cells either turned into beta cells or helped to regenerate destroyed beta cells, which are the cells that make insulin in the pancreas.
Researchers in Australia have used stem cell implants successfully in Type 1 diabetes patients. Although the conditions are different, this exciting research holds promise for the future of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.