Filipino Scientist Discovers Potential Cure for Diabetes in International Science Fair
Isabel’s research won as Best Individual Research in Life Science during the Department of Education’s 2019 National Science and Technology and represented the Philippines in the 2019 Intel National Science and Engineering Fair as she discovers neglected fruit aratiles as possible cure for diabetes.
Diabetes is a common disease by most of the people around the world. According to World Health Organization, it is a disease that occurs when your blood have too much glucose or sugar. This sugar came from the food we eat that contains lots of glucose content. Scientist found out that there’s no available cure yet nowadays but through the insulin, it can minimize the glucose content found inside of our body.
Currently, there is no cure for diabetes but this 16 year old name Maria Isabel Layson student of Iloilo National High School had scientific studies about the antioxidant activity of aratiles and its properties found potential cure those people with diabetes. The results of her studying the fruit’s antioxidants and anti-diabetic properties could lead to the development of an alternative research of diabetes.
“Nobody pays attention to the fruit and its medicinal properties. They don’t realize that it has potential for becoming a regulator of diabetes. I didn’t join the competition for fame. I joined this research competition because I wanted to address the problem of diabetes and how my research of aratiles could help solve that,” Layson said.
The World Health Organization states that when you have type 1 diabetes, blood may not move as well through your legs and feet. If left untreated, this might lead to amputation of your feet. Untreated type 1 diabetes can cause coma. It can even kill you.