The prevalence of diabetes, or the total number of existing cases, is on the rise in the United States and globally.
According to recent estimates, over 30 million U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015.
Although the number has been relatively steady in the past few years, rates of newly diagnosed cases among children and teenagers have increased sharply.
And, worldwide, the situation is even more alarming; the number of people with diabetes almost quadrupled between 1980 and 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Now, new research brings much-needed hope of curing this metabolic disorder. Scientists led by Fatima Bosch, a professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Catalunya, Spain, have successfully reversed the disorder in rodents.
Prof. Bosch and her colleagues achieved this using gene therapy, a technique that introduces new genetic material into cells to create beneficial proteins or to offset the effects of malfunctioning genes.
The findings were published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine.