Hundreds of thousands of people in the world suffer from Type 1 Diabetes and have to inject themselves daily. But this ordeal may soon be a thing of the past — scientists have found a way of restoring insulin production for up to a year, by boosting the immune system.
Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disease in which the immune system attacks the pancreas’s insulin-secreting cells. In addition, diabetics do not have enough “peacekeeping” cells, or “T-regs”, which protect the insulin-making cells from attack. Scientists from the University of California and Yale have demonstrated that these T-reg cells can be removed from the body, multiplied in a laboratory and then injected back into the bloodstream, thus restoring normal function.
An initial trial of 14 people has shown the procedure to be safe, and the results can last up to a year — hope for diabetics around the world!References