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Keith Campbell Part 6, The Cure for Diabetes

In part 6, the conclusion of this Exclusive Interview, Keith Campbell talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about the possibility of a cure as stated over the years.

Having been an instrumental change in the way pharmacists practice pharmacy, Professor Emeritus R. Keith Campbell, RPh, MBA, CDE, FASHP, FAPhA, FAADE, is the former Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care/Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy in Pullman, Washington.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve Freed: You’ve had type 1 for a number of years. Obviously, you pay special attention to studies that show possible cures for diabetes. We heard there are cures for I don’t know how many years.

Keith Campbell: 65 years, I have a file that is literally 2 feet thick where the title says something about “cure for type 1 diabetes will be here,” on those days they called it juvenile diabetes, “within 5 years.”

Steve Freed: So, where do you think that is now? Because our knowledge has grown dramatically and I’ve seen so many different studies that show possible cures. All of them have failed so far.

Keith Campbell: Once the damage has occurred to the beta cells, I don’t know if we’re going to have a cure in what people think the cure really is, but if you confront you have type 1 diabetes and you learn about it and are motivated to take care of it, you can do pretty well. I’m at 68 years and I’m hoping to go too much longer at least. Been a long time. I think there are going to be some breakthroughs that may be help prevent type 1 and then really make it much easier to live with. That’s already happened in my lifetime. It’s so much simpler.

Steve Freed: Some of the studies say that you didn’t lose all your beta cells. They’re just suspended and they’re looking for ways to bring it back to life. That could be a possible cure. All you have to do is keep the bucket half full and repeat it over time.

Keith Campbell: I do think that whole area of Immunology and things… If I were starting over again, I would go into Immunology and Microbiome and a few other things.

Steve Freed: The one thing I have said many times here is that people that are involved in diabetes, like you, are very passionate about what they do and most of them have diabetes. Everybody that’s developing new products, they all have diabetes because they know what it’s like and they are trying to make it easier for the patient. Just like you, you decided education was the way to go and you became very passionate about it, so I have to say thank you and you deserve the award. I’d give you a Lifetime Achievement Award, but you’re just going to have to settle for dinner. (Laughter)

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