Dr. Aaron Vinik, a world-reknowned expert on diabetic neuropathy, talks about the issue of “numb feet” and how this early sympton of diabetes often ends up in a patient being sent to a podiatrist rather than getting care for diabetes. He also reveals some of the exciting new medications and therapies currently being researched that may provide some much-needed relief to those patients suffering from painful diabetic neuropathy….
Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP, is a Professor of Medicine/Pathology/Neurobiology, and Director of Research and Neuroendocrine Unit at the Strelitz Diabetes Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. Dr. Vinik has brought international recognition to Virginia as a result of his research and recent discovery of a gene, which could prove to be a cure for diabetes. The gene, INGAP (islet neogenesis associated protein) is responsible, either alone or in combination with other factors, for stimulating immature cells in the diabetic pancreas to produce insulin. When INGAP protein was administered to diabetic hamsters it was shown to reverse diabetes in 40% to 50% of animals. Animal studies were followed by human, multi-center clinical studies in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, carried out by some of the most highly recognized investigators in the country; the results showed that even in type 1 diabetes an increase in C- peptide, (a measure of islet function), could be induced after 3 months of treatment.
We are very grateful to be able to acknowledge Dr. Vinik as one of Diabetes In Control’s Advisory Board members as well as a Contributor to our newsletter.