Claims of a cure for diabetes within 20 years may be overstated

Tuesday 28 January 2014

The Daily Express has published an interview with Dr Nick Oliver, in which he stated his hopes for the discovery of a cure for diabetes within the next 20 years.
Dr Oliver, who is a diabetes consultant at ­Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is working on an artificial pancreas to treat Type 1 diabetes.

"Exciting ongoing scientific research"

Dr Alasdair Rankin, Director of Research for Diabetes UK, said, "There is lots of exciting ongoing scientific research into diabetes, and we do think it is possible that we could have a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes within 20 years. We are currently funding research into whether a low-calorie liquid diet could in the future be used as a widespread treatment option to put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

"We would not want to raise people’s hopes"

"We are not, though, necessarily confident that there will be a cure within 30 years, and would not want to raise people’s hopes that this will happen. But what we are confident of is that research will have, by then, significantly improved the lives of people with the condition."