posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 06:38 AM
A man of 61 years of age has become the first person in the UK to be cured of type 1 diabetes as a result of a cell transplant technique, meaning this
ground breaking technique will no longer require one to have insulin injections. Although this is a very exciting break through for people with this
type of diabetes the technique is not full proof, with many patients still requiring top-up insulin. This development was made after Canadian
researchers demonstrated that people with type 1 diabetes could remain free of insulin injections after the treatment was complete.
A 61-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to be cured of type 1 diabetes thanks to a groundbreaking cell transplant technique.
After receiving insulin-making cells from the pancreases of dead donors, Richard Lane of Bromley, Kent, no longer needs insulin injections.
The King's College Hospital team said the breakthrough was hugely exciting for people with type 1 diabetes.
Mr Lane, who has had diabetes for over 30 years, had his first islet transplant in September, followed by a second transplant a month later and the
third at the end of January.
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Although this technique is still not pefect it is still a huge break through for people who have type 1 diabetes, and with further tests scientists
will no doubt eventually make the treatment full proof.
In the future this will eventually become a wide spread treatment, meaning diabetes sufferes will no longer have to rely on insulin injections which
will no doubt improve the way they live.
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[edit on 9-3-2005 by John Nada]