A NEW medical breakthrough could end insulin shots for good.
The breakthrough has cured diabetes in mice – with no side effects.
The research comes from a UT Health San Antonio report which describes the process as using a gene transfer which can increase the types of cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
“We cured mice for one year without any side effects. That’s never been seen.
“But it’s a mouse model, so caution is needed. We want to bring this to large animals that are closer to humans in physiology of the endocrine system.”
Insulin, which diabetic people take injections of in order to keep their blood sugar levels at bay, are made up of beta cells.
In Type 1 diabetes, these cells are destroyed by the immune system and so the patient is left without insulin.
If the procedure can be replicated successfully in humans, this could have the potential to cure Type 1 diabetes.