US scientists confirmed through week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, that stem cell transplant could help diabetes type I patients to get rid of daily insulin jabs for as long as four years.
Its the greatest news for all diabetes sufferers, their family and friends. Previously researchers could able to achieve some short time success in the year 2007, and now they could achieve a success for four years at a row which is amazing and a great relief for people who depend on daily insulin jabs.
Type I diabetes is usually associated with children and young adults so previously it was known as Juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. These patients typically need daily insulin therapy to control their diabetes,
Type 1 diabetes represents about 10 percent of the 180 million cases of diabetes globally. It is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system starts destroying bodies own insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
Dr. Richard Burt of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and colleagues conducted trial with 23 type I diabetic patients with a age range of 13 to 31, which involves injecting people with stem cells made from their bone marrow cells.
Among 23 patients 20 become insulin free for as long as four years. 12 of them is insulin free continuously and eight transiently and had to restrain insulin at a reduced levels.
Researchers found that the levels of C-peptides, which show how well the body is producing insulin, increased up to 24 months after transplantation and were maintained until at least 36 months.
Presently researchers are looking forward to conduct randomized controlled trials and further biological studies to confirm the role of this treatment.
Source: The Vancouver Sun