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Type 1 Diabetes and Stem Cells: A Potential Cure

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro December 10, 2012
  • I try to write about different clinical topics as well as pertinent research in pediatric diabetes. Stem cells are a very hot topic in many areas of biology! Researchers are coaxing stem cells from organs other than the bone marrow (or from embryos) that are demonstrating amazing possibilities. One o...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Dec. 10, 2012

    Interesting. What do you think of the report that in type 2,  beta cells dedifferentiate and then differentiate into alpha cells?

     

     

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Dec. 10, 2012

      None of this information surprises me at all. I have not seen that report. What journal?

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Dec. 11, 2012

      http://www.cell.com/abstract/S0092-8674%2812%2900940-3

       

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Dec. 11, 2012

      Thanks, Gretchen!

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Dec. 11, 2012

      Gretchen: another example of plasticity- but it still is in mice! Waiting for human trials!

      FC

  • DJ Coles
    Dec. 11, 2012

    I am the proud dad of a seven year old who has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was two years old. He is an amazing little man and I pray constantly that he will be cured from diabetes in his lifetime. This research is very promising and I pray that we will be beneficiaries of the successful trials and outcomes. We live in North Carolina and will go to wherever...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am the proud dad of a seven year old who has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was two years old. He is an amazing little man and I pray constantly that he will be cured from diabetes in his lifetime. This research is very promising and I pray that we will be beneficiaries of the successful trials and outcomes. We live in North Carolina and will go to wherever the cure may be. Please continue to your journey and think of my little man if and when you get discouraged. Thanks and Blessings to you.

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Dec. 11, 2012

      Mr. Coles: thank you for taking the time to comment on this entry. I, too, am so proud of children like your son who demonstrate perseverence in spite of all the diabetes self-care skills required on a 24 hour basis. I am also so appreciative of the caregivers of these children and adolescents who provide constant support and love. Yes, I will think of your...

      RHMLucky777

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      Mr. Coles: thank you for taking the time to comment on this entry. I, too, am so proud of children like your son who demonstrate perseverence in spite of all the diabetes self-care skills required on a 24 hour basis. I am also so appreciative of the caregivers of these children and adolescents who provide constant support and love. Yes, I will think of your young man as I visit with my young patients tomorrow. I am also hoping there will be a cure by the time I retire. Perhaps it will be stem cells, smart insulin, polymerized beta cells, alpha1 antitrypsinase or in terms of care-the artificial pancreas.

      Happy Holidays,

      Dr. Cogen

  • Ann Bartlett
    Dec. 10, 2012

    And let's not forget a future with polymer based insulin, aka Smart Insulin!Smile

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Dec. 10, 2012

      Yes, Anne- there is much research in terms of protecting transplanted islet cells with a polymer coating or other substance that will prevent the autoimmune attack!