An advance in the investigation of type 1 diabetes could mean the replacement of needles with healthy cells inside the body.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) found that implanting healthy cells in the mice's body and protecting them with a device could mean that patients with type 1 diabetes would no longer need insulin injections. the future.
In this study, beta cells or cells that produce insulin were inserted into the pancreas, along with a device that blocks the body's attacks. The mice were able to release the insulin their body needed for six months without interruption or destruction of the cells. Implanting beta cells could also be safer than injecting insulin, according to the study. Insulin injection makes it difficult to customize the treatment to match the exact needs of a patient, according to the Harvard Gazette. This may mean that a patient does not receive adequate treatment and may still face the long-term effects of type 1 diabetes, such as blindness.
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