Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Insulin-Producing Organoids Offer Hope for Type 1 Diabetics – Veterans Today

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Human islet-like organoids express insulin (green). Credit: Salk Institute

Managing Type 1 Diabetes 

Heath Editor’s Note: With type 1 diabetes the body no longer makes insulin which is needed to allow sugar to move into cells to sustain cell life and body system functions. Someone with type 1 diabetes must take replacement doses of insulin and eat a diet where the sugar intake is continuously monitored. This involves frequent finger sticks to get blood samples to test for the level of sugar in the blood during the day. 

The only true way to manage type 1 diabetes is to have a transplant of pancreatic islet cells from an organ donor. The issue is that there are not enough organ donors to accommodate all type 1 diabetics. Plus, there is danger of rejection of a pancreas so the person with a transplant will have to take immune suppressing drugs for the rest of his or her life.

Now, there may be another way to live with type 1 diabetes.  Artificially made pancreatic islet cells can secrete insulin and act like a pancreas. Also, these human islet-like organoids can be fitted with an invisibility cloak to prevent an immune attack by the body and ultimate rejection.    

This is very hopeful and exciting news for type 1 diabetics….Carol




Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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