Transplanted Cells Wearing 'Invisible Cloaks' Could Treat Diabetes
Researchers are trying to perfect a way to transplant a special kind of cell that would make insulin shots a thing of the past.By Ryan Biek | January 26, 2016
Researchers at MIT and Harvard University believe they've almost perfected a Type 1 diabetes treatment that would eliminate the need for insulin shots.
The body relies on insulin to push blood sugar (or energy) into cells. People with Type 1 diabetes don't produce enough insulin to prevent the sugar from backing up in the bloodstream.
One treatment that's been in the works for decades involves transplanting insulin-producing cells into the patient's body. The cells appear to control the patient's blood sugar better than drugs or injections.