Stem cell and type 1 diabetes

Transplants Help Type 1 Diabetics Skip Insulin

CHICAGO, April 14 (Reuters) – People with type 1 diabetes who got stem cell transplants were able to go as long as four years without needing insulin treatments, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. They said the process, which involves injecting people with stem cells made from their bone marrow cells, appears to have a lasting effect.

Really? Is this something to get excited about?

Writing in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association they said 20 of 23 patients “became insulin free — 12 continuously and eight transiently — for periods as long as four years.” The transient group of eight had to restart insulin at reduced levels.

Even reduced levels would be better than multiple daily injections or a life spent wearing a pump…..please say this is a reality not another hopeless dream.

Here is another article with more information, including the fact that radiation was used to kill off a patients immune system in order to implant a “new” system of stem cells from the patient’s body that would produce insulin:

Stem Cells May reverse Type 1 Diabetes, Time Magazine.

One thought on “Stem cell and type 1 diabetes

  1. Your point is well taken and I am no fan of radiation or chemo but please bare in mind that there is much more evidence to support the prospect that stem cells can treat diabetes.

    Independent study addresses stem cell therapy for Diabetes Type 1 and 2 – http://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/can-stem-cells-cure-diabetes/

    and the one you sited…
    Northwestern U stem cell therapy study for type 1:
    …reported on the short-term success of the procedure, known as autologous non-myeloablative hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation, in 2007 but have since looked at how long it persisted…20 of 23 patients “became insulin free — 12 continuously and eight transiently — for periods as long as four years.” The transient group of eight had to restart insulin at reduced levels. – http://tinyurl.com/stem-cells-fix-type-1

    and…
    Stem cells plus hyperbaric oxygen treatment “before and after ASC has found “significant benefits” in terms of “improvements in glycemic control” along with “reduced insulin requirements.”” – http://tinyurl.com/stem-cells-hyperbaric-type-2

    and…
    “Using skin cells from people with type 1 diabetes, researchers were able to produce cells that made insulin in response to changing blood sugar levels…” – http://tinyurl.com/insulin-from-skin-cells

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