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Scientists May Have Found A Functional Cure For Type-1 Diabetes

Type-1 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 42 million people worldwide, and occurs when the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Those with the condition must take supplemental insulin so their bodies can process sugars. But now, researchers at ViaCyte, a regenerative medicine company, have some good news: They're working on a therapy based on stem cells that can automatically release insulin into the body when it's needed. The treatment is specifically aimed at patients with high-risk type-1 diabetes. ViaCyte estimates that around 140,000 people in the US and Canada suffer from the condition, which can cause life-threatening events. The use of stem cells to replace pancreatic insulin cells has been tried before, but without much success. ViaCyte's approach shows promise because the stem cells can mature within the body itself through an implant the company calls PEC-Direct. There has already been a round of clinical trials to test whether the stem cells could fully grow into the type of cells necessary to produce insulin -- called islet cells. That was a success. But the number of cells within the implants wasn't enough to actually treat the patients; it w Continue reading >>

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  1. steph81170

    Hi, I'm new to the forum so hope I'm doing the right thing here!
    I've been told by my GP that I'm pre-diabetic so I am doing my best to modify my diet.
    Can anyone tell me please if sweet potatoes are acceptable? (in moderation, of course).
    Thanks.

  2. Resurgam

    They are 20 percent carbs - way above what I can eat.
    Try celeriac, turnip or swede, cauliflower and broccoli, salads, tomatoes in moderation and you might add other fruits (sorry - I did Biology, tomatoes are fruits) fairly low in sugar.

  3. steph81170

    Resurgam said: ↑
    They are 20 percent carbs - way above what I can eat.
    Try celeriac, turnip or swede, cauliflower and broccoli, salads, tomatoes in moderation and you might add other fruits (sorry - I did Biology, tomatoes are fruits) fairly low in sugar. OK, thanks.

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