What if Your Skin Was a Pancreas?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-04-26 09:36:54 -0500
Started 2014-04-24 09:10:36 -0500

I found this incredible article on some current research to transform skin cells into beta cell producers. I read about some studies last year, and found this one that is getting closer to finding a way for a type 1 diabetic to have "home made insulin" so to speak.

"Producing insulin-secreting pancreas cells from skin cells gives hope to diabetics"
Here is an excerpt from the article
"When the researchers then transplanted PPLC's into mice that had been modified to have hyperglycemia, which is a key indicator of diabetes, the same thing happened, and one week after the transplant, the animal's glucose levels started to drop and gradually approach normal levels. When the transplanted cells were removed, the researchers saw an immediate spike in glucose levels.

Even more promising, when the team tested the mice eight weeks after the transplantation of the cells, they saw that the PPLC's had led to the rise of functional, insulin-secreting beta cells."

This is some very cool stuff.

13 replies

camerashy 2014-04-24 11:57:21 -0500 Report

I'm so happy that the donations I've been making to diabetes research are joining with others and finally getting somewhere!

wasted.wonder 2014-04-24 10:48:27 -0500 Report

That implies we will sweat out insulin. Which brand ? Mine would be wonder-sulin mixtard. :) I shall always sit in the sun and sweat a lot. Then i shall market it and make millions. I already feel like Bill Gates. Cool
Gangnam style ; d

GabbyPA 2014-04-25 17:13:42 -0500 Report

LOL...I never thought of that. We could make a lot of money. Sweaty insulin sold here....hmmmm. I think we have to come up with a different name.

wasted.wonder 2014-04-24 11:55:33 -0500 Report

I did not read the details, sorry. I just replied to the title. : o
: ))

Jan8 2014-04-24 10:30:28 -0500 Report

Very interesting Gabby ! This is something I have studied and have been waiting for. I wonder how much it will cost.

GabbyPA 2014-04-25 17:17:19 -0500 Report

More than we can afford right now, but hopefully in the future, it will be available and affordable.

33suz 2014-04-24 10:00:22 -0500 Report

Hopefully great future uses for all diabetics. The pancreas is so important for diabetics. Thank you Gabby for sharing this information.

bigcats012076 2014-04-24 09:56:47 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing; yes this does sound good…but all they have to do, well the insurance companies start paying for the stem cell replacement. No, I am not negative about this research but the insurance companies have to come on board with all the GREAT research that is going on to help 'us' with all the different illnesses out here.
I like this article and I do hope this research gets looked into!!!
thanks again for sharing!!!!

GabbyPA 2014-04-25 17:16:30 -0500 Report

Yes, it's basically stem cell research and changing our cells to do different things from what they were intended (kind of sort of anyway) There is much promising research in that and once we get past the "killing babies" paranoia to get stem cells (which is not the case, by they way) then we will see remarkable things happen.

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