Diabetes

By Paul Clark
Updated 2024-04-04 06:08:10 | Published 2020-10-19 13:20:21
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Diabetes

Living with diabetes is no easy feat. The constant vigilance against injury, the necessity for lifestyle changes, and the revolving door of treatments can be overwhelming. In the United States alone, diabetes affects 9.3 percent of the population, with 28.7 percent of those requiring insulin injections multiple times a day. For these individuals, forgetfulness can be a costly, even fatal mistake. But, a groundbreaking development this spring could change the landscape of diabetes management forever.

Researchers at the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute are celebrating the success of a clinical trial that began last year. The trial involved the transplantation of a mini-pancreas into the omentum, a fatty membrane located in the abdomen. This location was selected after multiple failed trials resulted in complications due to the use of more delicate areas, such as the liver.

The artificial pancreas, placed in the optimal location, yielded remarkable results. After a year of monitoring, the recipient was able to live a life completely independent of insulin injections, regaining their health in the process. This islet cell transplant enabled the patient to return to a normal life within less than a year of the procedure. This breakthrough could potentially change the lives of millions worldwide once the treatment becomes commercially available.

The FDA has recently approved the use of this method for individuals aged 14 years and older. The device accompanying the transplant will entirely regulate and manage the artificial pancreas, eliminating the need for hospital visits or daily injections. Further research is currently underway to make this product available to mass populations worldwide.

The artificial pancreas represents a new dawn for diabetes management, offering hope for a future where daily injections and constant vigilance are no longer the norm. As we continue to explore and innovate, we move closer to a world where diabetes can be managed with greater ease and freedom.

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