Professor David Brayden and his team from the UCD Veterinary Hospital perform lab tests to make insulin available in a pill
IRISH scientists are working on progressing in diabetes medicines.
They hope to put an end to the daily round of painful injections that diabetics need to take.
Professor David Brayden and his team from the UCD Veterinary Hospital perform lab tests to make insulin available in a pill.
Professor Brayden's efforts are detailed in a new documentary RTE called Bittersweet.
Professor Brayden said: "Increased diabetes is likely ten times over the last decade, most of which will be type 2 diabetics and that diabetes actually comes from lifestyle, eating the wrong food at the wrong time and without doing enough exercise ".
He warned of the expected increase in chronic diseases among young people with rising obesity rates.
He said, "They predict that up to a third or a half of our children will become obese when they reach the age of 20. The link between obesity and type 2 diabetes is very strong, so we know it exercises a greater pressure on the system.
"When I was a kid, I was running all summer, but now kids are in front of their computers and their phones all the time."
Prof. Brayden also believes that patients are much more free to take tablets than to inject themselves.
He added: "Because inhaled insulin has been achieved, we know that patients prefer other routes than injection.
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The documentary part of a joint program at the Medicines Research Center and Galway's Galway Film Program program will be broadcast on World Diabetes Day on Wednesday.
Typical treatment for Type 1 diabetics includes daily injections, whereas initial treatment with type 2 focuses on exercise-related disease delay and diet with patients who later move on needles.
- BITTERSWEET: Rise of Diabetes will be broadcast on RTE One on Wednesday at 11.10.