Oh, I can dream…

12 04 2007

As you may or may not know, I am a Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed in July of 2003, and I have everything fairly under control. I just read today about a possible stem-cell cure going on in Brazil. Obviously, it is way too soon to call it a cure, but it’s definitely something to look into. The procedure is currently pretty intense, involving a bit of chemo, and resulting in basically a wipe/reformat of the pancreas using the patient’s own stem cells. What I’d like to see is something more specific that will target just the affected cells in the pancreas. They already do islet cell transplants, so I don’t see why they can’t use the patient’s own stem cells to create “artificial” islet cells. Luckily for me, diabetes research is really hot right now, so I guess/hope that there will be a readily available cure in 20 years or so. Not really that far off, if you think about it.

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12 11 2007
vontos

Unfortunately they’ve been saying there should be a cure soon for at least the last twenty years. Maybe they’ll find a cure for type-2 diabetes, but I’m pessimistic that anything besides a transplant or complete reformatting of the pancreas will work for type-1 anytime soon.

8 05 2008
Amalas

Note: I manually copy/pasted these comments from my old blog, which is why the avatar pictures are a little messed up. Apologies.

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