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Encapsulated human stem cell–derived beta cells: Promising treatment for Type I diabetes?

Sep 12, 2016 9:11:02 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in blood glucose, Cytotoxic T Cells, Dendritic Cells, diabetes, Stem Cells, type 1 diabetes

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The challenge to effectively and safely restore proper control of blood glucose (sugar) levels (referred to as glycemic control) in people with diabetes is ongoing. The standard treatment for type 1 diabetes remains to be proper monitoring of blood glucose levels with daily insulin injections. However, patient compliance often limits its effectiveness. Pancreas transplantation is associated with limited donor tissue availability and with side effects due to the immune system suppression needed to reduce the risk of tissue rejection.

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