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Feb 17, 2016

First patient in diabetes trial no longer needs insulin therapy

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MIAMI, Sept. 10 (UPI) — The first patient to receive therapeutic delivery of islet cells in a new diabetes study no longer needs insulin therapy to control type 1 diabetes, according to doctors at the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute.

The patient, Wendy Peacock, 43, has been giving herself insulin injections to control diabetes since she was diagnosed with the condition at age 17. Since she had the minimally-invasive procedure on August 18, Peacock has been off insulin, because her body is producing it naturally, and she no longer has the dietary restrictions that accompany type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by inadvertent destruction of insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas by the immune system. While previous experimental treatments that involved the replacement of these cells has allowed patients to live without the need for insulin-replacement therapy for up to a decade, the goal is for better delivery of the cells to make the surgical treatment permanent — effectively curing the condition.

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  • Giselle Moreno on February 25, 2016 8:07 pm

    I have been a diabetic since I was 19 years old. It’s so darn hard sometimes controlling it. I have 3 kids and I’m always busy with them doing things for them and with them. My husband try to keep me on track, but I get distracted with a lot of things and I wish I never had this problem. Right now I have the pump and this new pump I have doesn’t work right. I don’t like injected myself, it hurts so much and it leaves me scars. Then I got to check myself too. I’m always scared of driving or even going to the store with my family because I might drop low to were in black out. It’s not the first time either. I have scared my children. I would love to be able to live like this woman and live a normal life. Being a diabetic isn’t cheap either. Especially with a family of 5 and children under the age of 14 years old. I am hoping for a miracle for me and my family sake.