What the Future Holds
IF you follow the guidelines outlined in the preceding chapters, without a doubt your future will be brighter: you will be doing all that you can to lower your risk of diabetes. Of course, medical researchers will continue to work toward a cure for both Type I and Type II, so that all risk will be eliminated. Certainly, recent advances have already helped those who do develop diabetes live as normally as possible.
Remember that the causes and mechanisms of diabetes were discovered only within the last 70 years. In the past 20, we've learned more about the disorder than in the half century that went before. Through these discoveries, lives have been saved and prolonged, and the quality of these lives improved. Every day seems to bring us closer to a solution that will put fewer and fewer people at risk for developing diabetes. Perhaps in the 21st century, diabetes will be discussed only in medical history books—wiped out as smallpox or polio almost was in the 20th. Research being conducted right now is making that a possibility.