Cure For Diabetes?
American Diabetes Association Hopeful New Research Will Lead to End of
August 7th 2006
Experts at the American Diabetes Association meeting say that early
symptoms of diabetes and heart disease should be aggressively treated.
Half of all Americans will become insulin resistant, placing them at
risk for diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association says that researchers are working on a
cure. They say that cells transplanted six months ago from pigs into
diabetic monkeys are alive and producing insulin. This is without the
need for immune-suppressing drugs.
So far the research has been done on rhesus monkeys. They injected the
monkeys, whose own pancreatic islets were destroyed, with encapsulate
cells taken from pigs. The good news is that the monkey’s immune
systems did not recognize the substance as foreign and did not try to