Juvenile Diabetes Reversal?

New data from NIH lab confirms protocol to reverse type 1 diabetes in mice

New data published in the Nov. 24 issue of Science provide further support for a protocol to reverse type 1 diabetes in mice and new evidence that adult precursor cells from the spleen can contribute to the regeneration of beta cells. In 2001 and 2003, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) demonstrated the efficacy of a protocol to reverse of type 1 diabetes in diabetic mice. Three studies from other institutions published in the March 24, 2006 issue of Science confirmed that the MGH-developed protocol can reverse the underlying disease but were inconclusive on the role of spleen cells in the recovery of insulin-producing pancreatic islets.

This research is being done by the team that Lee Iacocca’s organization is financing.

And how about that: Good news for juvenile diabetics, for a change.


4 Responses to “Juvenile Diabetes Reversal?”

  1. Phil
    27. November 2006 at 11:19

    Wow. This is some interesting news. And I agree — usually it’s Type 2 diabetes that gets the good news.

    I just got my latest Diabetes Forecast magazine and saw an ad for the new disposeable glucose meter. I remember when I was still visually checking the test trips and then when I got my first meter. Now they make ones that reside within the cap of the strip container and you throw them out when you’re done. Technology is awesome.

  2. Rebecca
    27. November 2006 at 14:11

    Although promising, I’ve been hearing there will be a cure in the next 5 years since I was diagnosed at 2 (28 yrs ago). I want to be hopeful but at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. Phil
    27. November 2006 at 16:29

    Yeah, that’s the hard thing, isn’t it? I want to believe so much that there will be a cure… but reality always swoops in and reminds me to not hope so hard.

    I just passed the 23 year anniversary of my diagnosis date. Nov. 1, 1983 — yep, all that trick-or-treat candy I had collected over the weekend went to my brother…

  4. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    28. November 2006 at 08:49

    It’ll be 20 years for me this coming Memorial Day. (Diagnosed at age 11. I can’t imagine taking shots at 2, though, Rebecca. Ouch.) And I know never to believe any good news the medical community comes up with. I’m glad they’re working on things, but I don’t expect to ever see a cure. At least this way, I’ll never be disappointed. Call it a survival mechanism, if you must. Call it my basic nature. It’s worked so far.