Hopefully soon a thing of the past - Insulin Shots
Insulin Shots...Hopefully soon a thing of the past!

Insulin Shots...Hopefully soon a thing of the past!

 

It is estimated that 1 million Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes.  Among the most dangerous side effects of the disease are: heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness.   For years the only treatment for this debilitating disease has been through insulin replacement therapies.  However  in 2007 researchers from Brazil and Northwestern University in Chicago conducted a  very revolutionary procedure.  They performed stem cell transplants on 23 patients suffering from type 1 diabetes.  After radiation, the patients were injected with stem cells found in their own bone marrow.  Results from the procedure were extremely promising for the future of those suffering from type 1 diabetes.

The stem cells allowed the patients to create new healthier blood that was not dependent upon insulin replacement therapy.  All of the patients showed signs of improvement and some were insulin free for up to five years.  Although this is not a cure for diabetes it is a milestone that will likely lead to a cure in the future.

The Exciting news is that:   

  • The stem cells doctors used for this procedure are also found in CORD BLOOD!  

Even BETTER NEWS:

  • The stem cells found in Cord blood are far richer then those found in bone marrow.

My best friend Alli has suffered with the disease for her entire life. I have witnessed the struggles she has been through and know the toll it has taken on her and her loved ones.  With statistics increasing yearly, you too may know someone who is, or will suffer from diabetes.

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Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry