A Cure For Diabetes? (This one is for real)!

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2014-05-23 05:42:21 -0500
Started 2014-05-17 06:51:11 -0500

I actually met a young man in his 20s, that claims to have had a pancreas transplant. He states that he is perfectly healthy, and no longer has type 1 has diabetes.

So, a cure that is the real deal! It may not be for everyone with diabetes, but it certainly is an interesting bit of info.
Here is the link:

17 replies

streak23 2014-05-17 21:58:15 -0500 Report

It sounds like this is just for people young and early in life it would be great. People like me(60) and having t1 for 40 years there is nothing for. Me to just live with it.

jigsaw 2014-05-18 07:02:23 -0500 Report

Maybe it's for those that can't live with it! When it becomes a critical situation involving quality of life to an extreme, then possibly it can be an answer.

TopazDee 2014-05-17 14:27:13 -0500 Report

It sure is hun my D-I-L had a Pancreas & Kidney transplant approx. 18mnths ago and is doing great never been healthier or fitter she is in her late 30's and was a T! D from the age of 18months old, unfortunately the D has messed her eyes a bit at the moment is almost blind in one eye but awaiting surgery in next few weeks, she has been a great help to me along with my son with my acceptance to being D T2.
Stay Safe & Well xxx

jigsaw 2014-05-17 21:02:51 -0500 Report

The right circumstances, and conditions, along with the right doctor, can make all the difference. I think success stories can be extremely valuable, to some if not all.

jayabee52 2014-05-17 08:51:19 -0500 Report

As a T2 with some residual insulin output It would not be for me. I would however be a candidate for the Kidney transplant.

The thing which was not mentioned in the article was the need for antirejection meds for life for both the pancreas and the kidney. Plus there is the danger of undergoing a major surgery.

I'm with Moe, if I was T1, I doubt that I'd go for that option either.


jigsaw 2014-05-17 09:05:54 -0500 Report

Check out the third paragragh from the top ( of the link) titled Realities of Major surgery). It actually mentions immunosuppressent drugs to fight rejection.

Of course, a pancreas transplant is a major procedure, that involves some serious risk and long term recovery as well as other serious inconveniences. It certainly wouldn't and shouldn't be a snap decision for anyone. I'm sure there are those, under certain conditions and circumstances, that might be good candidates.

jayabee52 2014-05-17 09:46:04 -0500 Report

OOPS I didn't see that mention. My bad!

That course of immunosuppresants would make one immunocompromised.

My 2nd wife "Jem" was naturally immunocompromised due to her Lupis. I don't think I'd want to do that to myself if I could help it. So far I seem to have a lot of immunity to many different diseases and conditions, even though I have both Diabetes and CKD which both supposedly put me into an immunocompromised state.

That does not seem to me to be a winner in my book.

You're right it shouldn't be a snap decision for anyone.


IronOre 2014-05-17 08:12:58 -0500 Report

I too know someone that had a pancreas transplant and is doing fine . . .
but don't think they are out of the clear from there.
The meds that he needs to take because of the transplant are many (?) times more expensive than the diabetes meds he was on, and he constantly needs to monitor his vitals (BP, pulse)
Like MoeGig I don't find managing my diabetes that big of a deal. I just wish there was better testing out there.

jigsaw 2014-05-19 17:27:09 -0500 Report

I pretty much live my life as usual, with the exception of eating healthier foods, and exercising more. On the other hand, there are those who are not as fortunate, and a transplant just might be a viable alternative.

MoeGig 2014-05-17 07:34:13 -0500 Report

My real job is selling software to research institutes funded by NIH and am aware of trials that have been done. This was a big project by one of my potential clients in Seattle. They had some limited success, but the article seems accurate in describing the complexity of the operation. In my case, I wouldn't be that interested. I know many people will disagree with this, but I just don't find managing my diabetes that big a deal…and certainly not worth the risks associated with undergoing a transplant.

jigsaw 2014-05-17 09:13:09 -0500 Report

I agree with your response and the logic expressed.
I'm sure that there are those that are not as fortunate. Depending on the severity of their condition, the complications entailed as a result, they just might be good candidates. Either way, it's comforting to know that headway is being made with solutions to curing and treating diabetes.

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