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Researchers May Have Found A Major Breakthrough In Search For Type 1 Diabetes Cure

Scientists at University of California San Francisco announced their major breakthrough in finding the cure for Type 1 Diabetes. A press release from the university said that this is the first time that they transformed human stem cells into mature insulin-producing cells.

Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an incurable chronic condition caused by the lack or failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. Affecting millions of people worldwide, contributing factors include genetics as well as some viruses. Type 1 diabetes may affect major organs in the body such as blood vessels, the heart, eyes, nerves and kidneys.

Regular insulin injections are the most common treatment to maintain normal blood sugar levels as well as reduce further risks and complications.

Through the years, regenerative medicine has been trying to find a similar alternative for these insulin-producing cells in a lab dish that would be as effective as the ones found in healthy adults.

Thankfully, this timely mice-tested discovery was found years before the projected major insulin shortage by 2030.

“We can now generate insulin-producing cells that look and act a lot like the pancreatic beta cells you and I have in our bodies,” said senior author Matthias Hebrok of the University of California San Francisco in a statement. “This is a critical step towards our goal of creating cells that could be transplanted into patients with diabetes.”

According to UCSF researchers, the key to getting “lab-grown beta cells to fully mature lay in an overlooked facet of beta cell development is the physical process by which the cells separate from the rest of the pancreas and form the so-called islets of Langerhans. A key principle in biology is that form follows function, so we reasoned that the formation of islets might be an important process for beta cells to mature properly.”

Let’s just wait until this discovery reaches the pharmaceutical market and hopefully bring powerful relief to diabetic patients.

Source: Philly Voice

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