Researchers hopeful of a diabetes cure

While there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers are growing increasingly confident that science will be able to put an end to the debilitating disease within a handful of years.

Individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes currently face a long, difficult road. Many of them must give themselves insulin injections on a regular basis, and face a dangerously elevated risk of many complications.

However, Ann Simpson, a professor and researcher at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, believes that a cure for the condition could be developed within three years, according to the Daily Telegraph.

She said that she and her team of researchers have reversed the symptoms of type 1 diabetes in mice, rats and pigs that were afflicted by the disease. Given the rate of success from these trials, she is confident that the treatment could soon be extended to humans.

"It would release diabetics from having to inject insulin and, probably more importantly, it would help the people who are developing really bad complications, such as blindness, gangrene, heart problems, kidney failure and general neurological problems," she told the news source.

As many as 3 million Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.