New surgery cures diabetes?

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by ketnav, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. ketnav

    ketnav New Member

    Was just wondering if anyone here knows anything more about this new pancreas transplant surgery that supposedly "cures" diabetes. I ran across a couple of articles about it last week, but it seems like there hasn't hardly been a word about it in the mainstream press. The American Diabetes Association posted a very brief mention about it, but didn't really comment at all about it.

    In a nutshell, this new technique was developed at the University of Miami that takes healthy cells from one's own pancreas and transplants them into the liver. The liver then begins producing insulin. Because the "transplant" is from the person's own body, there is supposedly no chance of rejection or need for anti-rejection drugs. It sounds pretty far out, but it has apparently already worked on one person so far. Anyway, below are the articles I ran across. I hope it's true, but it seems like there should have been a much bigger deal made of it if it was something that could work for "everyone", like the surgeon claims.

    http://www.diabetes.org/news-research/news/diabetes-in-the-news/airman-cured-of-diabetes.html

    http://www.freediabetestestsupplies.com/diabetes-pancreas-insulin-surgery/3853/

    http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health/story/1383912.html

  2. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    I'm not diabetic, but your post is important and I ask that you also post it on the Diabetes Board here for people to see and perhaps you will receive comments too. I hope you get some answers. Hugs.