The doctors of the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute have successfully treated a patient who has been suffering from high diabetes by a unique method of treatment. Now, the doctors are claiming that with this treatment, the patient needs not to take any kind of insulin injections or any other kind of medication for treating themselves against diabetes. In the new diabetes treatment method, islet cells are injected inside the patient body who is suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Wendy Peacock, a 43 year old female was suffering from Type 1 diabetes when she was 17 to her forties. But now the doctors have claimed that she is the first patient that doesn’t need to undergo insulin therapy anymore. Wendy has been treating herself with daily insulin injections which are controlling her diabetes level in the body. Insulin injections were the only diagnosis present in the world for controlling diabetes before the discovery of this new method. Now at the age of 43, she has made her mind and agreed for the surgery. After the surgery the doctors have discovered that her body was producing the insulin naturally which means she doesn’t need to treat herself from any kind of treatment. Now, she is free to eat any kind of food and all the food restrictions that are imposed on her have been removed by the doctors. Improper food and lifestyle causes diabetes problem in most of the people.
The immune system causes the diabetes problem in our body. The main function of the immune system is to fight against the viruses and bacteria that are present in our body. Instead of attacking those harmful viruses, the immune system attacks on the cells which produce insulin in our body. Attack on those cells results in decreased insulin in the body. Islet cells are responsible for the production of insulin in our body and when the islet cells get damaged, the production of insulin also stops in our body. Insulin is the main ingredient which is responsible for lowering down the sugar level in our blood. The insulin separates the sugar from the blood and sends it to the cells for metabolism process. But huge amount of sugar present in your blood can cause many types of problems in your body. High levels of sugar in our blood are a serious case which could lead to loss of human life. So, it is important to treat blood sugar as soon as possible.
With this method, the doctors inject the islet cells in to the patient’s body. Instead of injecting it to the liver, they inject the cell into omentum. Injecting the cells directly to the liver is also effective but it only works for a limited time period, whereas injecting the islet cells in Omentum removes all the problems related to diabetes. Omentum is a body tissue that is located and wrapped around the organs which are present in the abdominal area. The islet cells are being injected into the tissue with the help of biodegradable scaffolding. The patient’s blood is mixed with thrombin in order to produce Scaffold, which is a substance that is used for controlling the bleeding in the surgeries.
Thrombin when mixed with the blood cells form a jelly like substance that gets stuck with Omentum and protects the injected islet cells from dying or rejected inside the body. The gel gets absorbed by the body, and the injected islet cells get the necessary oxygen and other nutrients that are required for the cells to work properly. After some time, the islet cells start to produce insulin on their own and the blood sugar level in the body starts to decrease with the increase in insulin levels.
Along with this surgery, a therapy is also practiced on the body of the patient. The body becomes anti resistant and accepts the islet cells for a longer time period. Dr. Camillo Ricordi, who is the director in DRI and professor in University of Miami says that it is not a cure, but it is a huge step that is taken towards curing those people who are living their life with Type 1 diabetes. The patient Wendy Peacock is very happy with her new carefree life in which she does not have to follow a strict schedule of Type 1 diabetes.
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