Cell transplants at U of M could provide diabetes cure

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 5, 2013 - 6:39 AM

Experimental transplants at U prove successful in reversing or diminishing Type 1 diabetes.

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mandansmomMay. 4, 1310:31 PM

This is real, life-changing treatment. I've seen it in action, and I applaud the dreamers at the U of MN. Well done!

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BroonieMay. 4, 1311:17 PM

T2 is not caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Please correct. It is exacerbated by poor diet and lack of exercise. It is caused by a number of factors involving genetics, production of smaller amounts of insulin, production of ineffective insulin, liver production of glucose, insulin resistance, and so on. Don't blame the patient for the disease. Don't misinform the general public!

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jdubya12May. 4, 1311:26 PM

Wow, this is great news! So happy to hear some encouraging news for those with Type 1 diabetes.

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nordeastMONKEYMay. 5, 13 3:27 AM

Physician here. Consume 'breaking news' with scrutiny. If you are truly keen, research. Ask 'basic' questions. If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. There are no quick fixes. Your grandmother was right. And above all, remember: most 'news' these days ( including 'medical' news) is generated by PR departments. Use of 'quotations' above is extremely deliberate.

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bfrabelMay. 5, 13 7:47 AM

Broonie.... From everything I have read, T2 is mostly preventable and IS usually caused by obesity and poor diet. Of course, genetics can make some people more susceptible, but saying poor diet and lack of exercise isn't a major factor in this rising epidemic is crazy. The less common T1 diabetes, in which this article is written about, is different.

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mrprogressiveMay. 5, 13 9:49 AM

As a Type 1 diabetic (who is fit and eats well) I am tired of mif infomation here on Type 1 (confusing it with type 2) and applaud research on type 1.

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hoch29May. 5, 13 2:21 PM

Dr. William Davis has conducted extensive studies regarding Diabetes. His conclusion, with solid empirical evidence to back it, is that wheat is causing people to become diabetics. His book is entitled 'Wheat Belly'. Every one of his patients, presenting Diabetic or pre-diabetic did, upon the elimination of wheat from their respective diets, become non-Diabetic. Gliadin & Amylopectin-A are the culprits. He calls wheat the "perfect poison".

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BroonieMay. 5, 13 4:19 PM

I am also a T1 (47 years) and while the idea of a cure for T1 seems ideal, I'd rather keep my immune system, such as it is, just in case I need it in order to fight off an infection. The current failure rate of pancreatic cell transplants indicates that this treatment is not really a cure, but merely palliative. The results are wonderful for people who truly need it. The underlying cause is still there, still active, and still could attack and kill the transplanted cells - as opposed to my body just simply rejecting them. Eliminating wheat from my diet has lowered and stabilized my blood glucose levels and reduced my cravings for food. When I get my next A1C results in June, that will be the proof! I read Wheat Belly, loved it, and follow the diet (with limitations).

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woodyagMay. 6, 1312:41 PM

Broonie- correct. The bigger hope is from the patient's own stem cells- which can be harvested from the liver, actually. Two pathways- they may either be directed towards developing into islet cells (nope, nobody has done that yet) or- the cells for insulin production might just be implanted into the liver stem cells (that's been done a zillion times in other systems.) Since these cells would be "self" no immune suppression should be needed. Actually, I'd have to say 5 years of palliative is maybe not bad- they're certainly learning things, regardless.

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follard23May. 6, 13 1:34 PM

http://www.championshipsubdivisionnews.com/log/index.php/2008/05/19/k-foley-schmidt-off-to-dartmouth-leaving?blog=2 Can someone pair these two? this article previously appeared in the Pioneer Press about Foley Schmidt, an Inver Grove Heights native who played football at Dartmouth

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