Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Great news for diabetics
Research is still trying to find a cure for diabetes, luckily it is making progress and thanks to a Canadian discovery we might be closer to a cure then ever. It was found that you can transplant pancreatic cells from a healthy (non-diabetic) patient into the liver of your diabetic patient and those cells will produce insulin. This as apparently removed the need from daily insulin injection in some patient and it as severely reduced the risk of hypoglycemia in all patients. Of course, there is a cloud in this blue sky, under that treatment, patient must taken immunosuppressant to prevent, his body from rejecting the pancreatic cells, he will probably needs to have multiple cell transplant to keep the benefits. This technique probably opens the way to other advancement, such as creating artificial cells to replace the transplanted one, or extracting cell from the diabetic’s body, changing their nuclei’s (with non-diabetic one), cloning the new cells to put them back in the patient body. There is a lot of potential in this and it might lead to a new treatment and perhaps as we understand more and more of the genetic base behind the disease a cure.