Researchers from the Westmead Hospital has been successful in transplantation of insulin producing islet cells from a donor’s pancreas into type1 diabetes patients’ livers, where the new cells began to produce insulin. The one treatment helps to lessen the quantity of the insulin the body intakes. The technique, once established, may bring an end to the use of insulin injection, thus making a chance for diabetes patients, sources confirmed.
It can be mentioned in the context that more than 140,000 Australians currently need to take daily insulin injections. The study can bring smile to many such faces. The doctors have operated eight such successful cases as part of their experiment. Elaine Robinson of Glen Waverley is one of 30,000 Victorians and more than 140,000 Australians who have the debilitating disease, also known as juvenile diabetes. She was eager to be a part of the experiment and is excited about the whole study. The researchers injected the islet into the liver of Ms Robinson. The islet cells took root and, almost immediately after the operation, started producing insulin.Ms Robinson’s hypoglycemic attacks dwindled to almost zero and she now needs to inject only a small fraction of the amount of insulin she was using previously.
A second planned transplantation could completely eliminate the need for insulin. Even the researchers termed the result as beyond imagination. The research if successful on a larger scale, is nothing short of a miracle for Type 1 diabetics. We will keep an eye on the progress and let you know through this blog.
Source: THE AGE