By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Diabetes affects more than twenty five million people and many ask the question “is there a cure for diabetes?”

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic, lifelong conditions. Currently, there is no permanent cure for either type. However, there is hope in research for a cure and in prevention.

While you can’t prevent type 1 diabetes, you may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly are all ways you can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Because diabetes is a major health issue, there’s a great deal of research looking at how to cure diabetes. Some of the most important research focuses on inheritance, and how to make new pancreatic cells.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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