You may have seen the news this morning about a new research study that has raised the possibility of a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes UK has welcomed this as a genuine breakthrough that offers real hope for the future. Using stem cell research, scientist have managed to make insulin producing cells in massive quantities for the first time.
Commenting on the study, Dr Richard Elliott, Diabetes UK Research Communications Manager, said: “This is an exciting and significant step forward in the search for a cure for Type 1 diabetes. It could take many years before insulin-producing cells grown from stem cells can be used in routine treatment. But if they can be used to replace the cells in the pancreas that are destroyed when Type 1 diabetes develops, the lives of people living with the condition could be transformed. It could mean they no longer need to use insulin, which would be a historic breakthrough.
“We need to emphasise that this study involved mice and so we do not yet know if this technique will work in humans, but these results open the door to exciting possibilities for the future. We will be watching for further progress with interest.”