Diabetes Type 1 is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. It is an autoimmune disease and so far no cure have been found. It can be very serious if left untreated, it can have complications and affect major organs in your body, including heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.
It was known as the “juvenile diabetes”but not only kids can get it, there have been adult onset as well. To maintain it under control you need to manage your glucose, your doctor, endocrinologist, nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, will work with you to guide you on how to do it. Proper diet, exercise, Insulin and monitoring are usually the treatment and prevention of it getting worse.
Now new technology might be use to treat this. Scientists at the University of Geneva & the Geneva University Hospitals have discovered a new strategy! They have created a more robust super-islets of Langerhans (pancreatic islets or islets of Langerhans, are the regions of the pancreas that contain its endocrine:hormone-producing,cells) Once transplanted, more of them engraft. Then these super islets start producing insulin much more rapidly. The Super grafts not only improve the success of cell transplants but also offer new perspectives for other types of transplants. Pancreatic islet transplantation it is still an experimental treatment for type 1 diabetes, but if it works how they predict can be beneficial and crucial for a lot of patients. Hopefully it does!
Article published: Journal Nature Communications.
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