Noranda: Diabetes Research WA board member believes a cure is close


Diabetes Research WA board member Mervyn Rothstein.
Diabetes Research WA board member Mervyn Rothstein.

A NORANDA resident and Diabetes Research WA board member, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 40 years, says world researchers are closer to finding a cure than ever before.

Mervyn Rothstein is a solicitor and has provided the board legal advice for more than 25 years.

Mr Rothstein said he had good hopes that a cure would be found in his lifetime.

“Having watched the research worldwide, it would not surprise me if there is a cure within the next five years,” he said.

“It has been raised many times with researchers here that there is an element of liaising with other researchers worldwide to make sure there is no duplicate research going on.

“I think there’s amazing progress that has been made and I believe it’s a matter of time until we find a cure, whether it’s going to be in the form of genetic engineering or transplanting a pancreas or creating a new pancreas with 3D printing.”

Mr Rothstein said when he was diagnosed with diabetes, one doctor told him to “hang in there” until a cure was discovered.

“When I was first diagnosed, blood glucose levels still had to be tested through urine and the glass syringes I had to use to inject myself with lifesaving insulin had to be sterilised in boiling water,” he said.

“It’s a lot simpler now that I can use a blood glucose monitor to prick my finger and check my levels; there are even monitors that you wear permanently and can just scan and modern syringes and insulin pens are much more sophisticated.”

Diabetes Research WA will host a free public seminar in East Perth called, ‘Where is the cure for diabetes hiding… and why haven’t we found it yet?’ as part of World Diabetes Day activities on November 13.

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