By usssmale Latest Reply 2013-04-27 00:02:50 -0500
Started 2013-04-24 23:39:22 -0500

I was wondering if a blood transfucion could cure a body of diabetes?

13 replies

GitchyMe 2013-04-25 13:05:28 -0500 Report

Even with a pancreatic transplant, you are really only trading your diabetes medications for anti rejection drugs. Still chronic. Still a lifelong thing to deal with. I would rather keep my broken pancreas and wear my pump than subject my already broken self to a transplant and all that would entail. Being diabetic is difficult enough with my own pancreas why take a chance on someone else's ;-)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2013-04-27 00:02:50 -0500 Report

I was joking with my dr and mentioned I could just get a new pancreas, and he said no because that would only last for a couple of years and then I would be worse off then before the transplant. He went on to explain why, too long to go through explaination here. Sure did burst my bubble:(

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-25 11:08:05 -0500 Report

There is no cure for diabetes and the only thing that would help is a pancreas transplant. That still isn't a guarantee that you won't develop diabetes.

sNerTs1 2013-04-25 10:20:52 -0500 Report

Other than a pancreatic transplant, there isn't a cure for diabetes. I sure wish it was as easy as a blood transfusion :)

Scarlet03 2013-04-25 02:03:19 -0500 Report

I had one friend who was a type 1 diabetic for 35 years…a brittle diabetic…

She had a pancreatic transplant, it worked successfully, and she had to go through the medication to stablize the new organ…but her body still had the effects of years of diabetes…but to have a transplant like that you have to be in a position of dire straits

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-25 12:12:07 -0500 Report

Hey Scarlett I got an email that you responded to my response to you but I don't see it here or on my profile page. This keeps happening, I get the email and no one has responded. This is weird…lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-25 11:19:53 -0500 Report

Scarlett, someone here in MD got a transplant earlier this year and the organ was from a person with AIDS. The recipient is now HIV Positive. The hospital is being sued. These days you have to take every precaution. I know now that if I ever need a transplant I would want to make sure the person whose organ was harvested didn't have a disease that could be given to me. I hope your friend is doing much better.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-25 01:15:33 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed after a blood transfusion. Tried to tell the Doctors it was lying blood cells from the transfusion, while I was lieing in my hospital bed. They did not agree. Since diabetes is not a blood borne pathogen it most likely would not cure or cause diabetes. I asked about donating blood because I might have had a genetic mutation for blood clotting problems. The hematoligist explained that blood is made in your bone marrow and would not pass on genetic problems if used for transfusion.
So, I don't think it would be a cure for diabetes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-25 11:17:18 -0500 Report

Excellent response Gralyin. It is true that blood is made in your bone marrow which is why bone marrow transplants help to put Leukemia in remission and blood cannot pass on genetic problems.

In my opinion, I think there are people who are caught up on a quick cure because they don't want to take care of themselves. Even with a cure you still have to take care of your own health and make it your responsibility. Again, this is one of the best responses I have read this week.

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