Diabetes Type 1 Cure !

By TONY101365 Latest Reply 2010-06-10 17:09:27 -0500
Started 2010-05-07 20:14:30 -0500

Today while watching TV I was looking at a program in Channel 18 on Bright House TV here in Kissimmee, FL. Where this Female Doctor Flew From the USA to Argentina with her 14 year old son. Where his diabetes was cured. Some inslet cell type pancrea work cured her son. It makes me feel ashamed here in the USA they do not wish to cure but to treat and have us life time customers with all the complications and pain that goes along with Diabetes and the bottom line is our cash. Sad but true

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Kim-islet transplant
Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-10 17:09:27 -0500 Report

Personally I had an islet cell transplant 5 yrs ago through The Chicago Diabetes Project and am still insulin free. I was to the point in my diabetes that without the transplant, I would not have survived. Sure, I have to take immuno drugs. Even with some initial minor side effects (which eventually went away), I would do it all over again. The clinical trial I'm in paid for all tests and medication for the first 18 months post-transplant. My insurance does cover the immuno. medication.

The Chicago Diabetes Project is working on development of an unlimited supply of encapsulated islet cells. Once perfected this treatment could end up being a safe cure for all type 1 diabetics. Go to the below link for the story of my journey and others that had the islet cell transplant:


mzcrowley70 2010-05-09 17:35:06 -0500 Report

There are experimental islet cell transplants here in the US as well. I actually qualified for one, but the problem is that the anti-rejection drugs are around $2,000 per month after the transplant is performed and the medical facility told me that health insurance does not cover those, so the financial aspect of it would be difficult as well as the health risks.

GabbyPA 2010-05-10 09:30:41 -0500 Report

Last night on dLife TV I watched a story on this. They also discussed the artificial pancreas that is in the works and it also sounds promising. It is an internal sensor and an external pump and they work together to keep a steady stream of insulin that is needed. My husband has an intra-thecal pump for his spine and it made a world of difference or his spasams. Anything that can add a sense of normality to our lives is great.

GabbyPA 2010-05-08 15:02:37 -0500 Report

Transplant surgery is so tricky as well. Even if the surgery goes well, rejection, even with the drugs is a possibility. Even years after the surgery. I have a friend who had her kidney transplant for over a year and suddenly her body said "no more" and began rejecting the kidney. It is a great start and for some it may be the only option. But it is not one I would choose before other treatments, just due to the risks.
I am glad that they are experimenting and doing things like this though, it gives me great hope.

kdroberts 2010-05-08 14:12:20 -0500 Report

They do the same procedure in the US but as said, it is not a long term cure and the cocktail of drugs needed to stop the body rejecting the cells is often worse than having diabetes. It is a start though, a step in the right direction.

Harlen 2010-05-07 21:41:36 -0500 Report

Maybe one day it will get better and be here in the USA
We can all hope .
Best wishes

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-07 21:39:32 -0500 Report

If this really works for her son than that's great!

About ten years ago I went to a hospital in Atlanta that specialized with diabetes because they said I was insulin resistant, even to the insulin I was injecting myself (later to discover it was only hormones and puberty), anywho, they tried to talk my mom into sending me to Switzerland and getting some type of artificial pancreas put in me but my mom was against that because she she didn't understand if it worked than why hadn't it already been approved by the US.

When I first got diagnosed when I was 12 my sister asked my mom why I couldn't get a pancreas transplant and she said because the cells that destroyed that part of my pancreas would destroy it again even if I got a new one. I don't know if she is right, but if she is, would the same thing happen to this lady's son?

MAYS 2010-05-07 21:51:09 -0500 Report


Instead of taking insulin injections, you would be forced to take various drugs to prevent your body from rejecting any organ transplanted into your body for the rest of your life and still suffer the possible consequences of organ failure (of the new organ) not to mention the side effects from the medication.

MAYS 2010-05-07 20:58:13 -0500 Report

In addition to what you witnessed when viewing the program, here are the "pros" involved :

The success rate is good for islet cell transplant surgeries, but could be better. Within a year of transplant, approximately 40 percent of patients are still insulin free. That means the transplanted cells are doing their job and the patient does not need to resort to taking shots to counteract high blood sugar levels.

Three years after the surgery, only about 17 percent of the patients are still symptom-free. And, by 5 years, the number drops to 10 percent. Even among the patients that had to use insulin again, however, their overall blood sugar control was much improved than before the operation.

Should we give up? Is this not worth the advances?

Absolutely not! Anything that can result in a diabetic not having to count carbohydrates and take shots is an advancement in my book.

You have probably just bought that person an additional 10-15 years of life. The bonus as far as quality of life, in addition to longevity, cannot even be quantified.

This excerpt was also taken from the same website:



MAYS 2010-05-07 20:34:39 -0500 Report

You have seen the "pros" now consider the "cons" before you start criticizing the medical system here in this country, which I agree is far from perfect, but as in the case of any business, it's first primary function is to make money (even at the expense of others).


As with any type of transplant surgery, the patient will have to stay in the hospital for several days post-operative, and must continue to take anti-rejection medication indefinitely. Unfortunately, there can be nasty side-effects of the medicine, including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, acne, diarrhea and some that are more serious, like forms of cancer.

Patients' bodies do not always accept the new cells. At times, the healthy cells, do not become operative in the diabetic's pancreas, and the operation is not a success. This is a risk, of course, of any transplant surgery.

This information was taken from the site listed below:


Sometimes choosing between the lesser of two evils isn't worth it.