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IMI impact on diabetes

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What's the problem?


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Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels properly because the pancreas does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or because other organs do not respond to insulin as they should.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes currently affects 463 million adults, and by 2045 this will rise to 700 million. Despite decades of research, there is still no cure for diabetes, and many patients still have to inject themselves with insulin to manage their condition. Furthermore, many people with diabetes experience complications such as heart, kidney and eye problems.


What is IMI doing about it?


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IMI has a strong diabetes project portfolio, with several projects addressing different aspects of the disease. Some are studying the underlying causes of the disease and the internal processes that lead to the destruction of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Others aim to detect clues as to how the disease will progress in different patients. Finally, many projects focus on detecting, preventing and treating the complications associated with diabetes.




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