No More Daily Injections for Diabetes, Scientists Found a way to Restore Insulin Production
If you are a diabetes sufferer, this may be a good news for you. The scientists have recently revealed that it is possible to restore the production of insulin for up to a year by enhancing the body's immunity system. More and more people in Britain are suffering from Type 1 diabetes and are required to inject themselves with insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in control. When people are healthy, their body produces billions of T-regs, cells in the body that protect insulin-producing cells from the immunity system. However, diabetic people do not have enough of these cells. But now the University of California and Yale researchers have found out that these T-regs can be removed from the body and amplified to up to 1500 times artificially in a laboratory and then injected back into the blood stream to maintain normal function of the body. So far this therapy has been tested on 14 people and has been declared safe. It can last for up to a year in the diabetic person's body, reports Telegraph.
Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone, Professor in Metabolism and Endocrinology at the University of California said, "This could be a game-changer. "By using T-regs to 're-educate' the immune system, we may be able to really change the course of this disease." He added, "We expect T-regs to be an important part of diabetes therapy in the future." In this process, a pint of blood is taken from the patient, removing 4 million Tregs and then boosting it 1500 times in a test tube. When these Tregs are added back into the body, it does not impact the pancreas anymore. This process may also be used for the treatment of other diseases such as cardiovascular, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis, reported Independent.