Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prompts the pancreas to stop creating insulin – a hormone that coordinates the glucose levels in the blood. However, the good news is coming out of Harvard University scientists who claim a cure for this condition might soon knock on our doors.
For years, researchers have been trying to find a method to use stem cells to replace the ill cells. However, they always encountered some kind of obstacles.
Harvard stem cell researchers announced that they have made a giant step in the research of finding an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes.
This condition affects an estimated 3 million Americans at a cost of about $15 billion per year. Hence, it would be a life-changing discovery.
Scientists have developed advanced insulin-producing cells that can be revamped into the ill person’s body. Therefore, the daily shots of insulin people are using now could no longer be needed.
Up to now, experiments of the beta cells in mice have provided quite promising results. Harvard professor, Doug Melton, says the crew is just a step away from announcing their cure.
For Melton, nevertheless, this is the biggest achievement of his life. Namely, because he spent 23 years of his life looking for a cure for type 1 diabetes as he suffered from it ever since he was a baby.
Speaking about his children, Melton said, “I think, like all kids, they always assumed that if I said I’d do this, I’d do it.”
“It was gratifying to know that we can do something that we always thought was possible,” he added.
Until this remedy becomes public, however, scientists need some more time and research.
Sarah Johnson, who funded the study said that this thing isn’t just a cure. It’s also a huge step ahead in the field of medicine.