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Diabetics Cured By Stem-cell Treatment

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Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.

 

In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given drugs to suppress their immune systems followed by transfusions of stem cells drawn from their own blood.

 

The results show that insulin-dependent diabetics can be freed from reliance on needles by an injection of their own stem cells. The therapy could signal a revolution.

 

Stem cells are immature, unprogrammed cells that have the ability to grow into different kinds of tissue and can be sourced from people of all ages.

 

Type 2 diabetes, which tends to affect people later in life, is linked to lifestyle factors such as obesity. There are almost two million type 2 diabetics in Briton, most of whom control their blood-sugar levels with pills or through diet.

 

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s own immune system malfunctions and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, causing a shortage in the hormone.

 

By the time most patients receive a clinical diagnosis, 60 to 80 per cent of their beta cells have been wiped out. The disease progresses from this point very quickly, and can result in serious long-term complications including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.

 

 

 

From The Times

 

April 11, 2007

 

 

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it must be costly i guess only rich class might be able to afford it

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they always forget poor people , lower and middle class are also human beings :sl:

 

i know everything has become "BUSINESS" and"making money" in this world but atleast medicines and treatments should be free for all regardless of nationality , origin etc

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Interesting..thanks for posting..diabetes runs in our family :sl:

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One girl I know went to russia to have the treatment and it helped a lot, alhamdulillah.

 

I have type 1 diabetes too, but I don't think that I will have the treatment, at least for now. Maybe someday when it's cheaper and easier, so that I wont have to go to russia :sl:

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