Scientists say they have regenerated insulin-producing cells destroyed by Type 1 diabetes in mice for the first time.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School claim a new cocktail of drugs neutralises the immune system's attack on the insulin-producing beta cells as well as reducing inflammation.
Previous studies have shown that inflammation plays an important role in disrupting the production of insulin in people with Type 1 diabetes.
“This could potentially be very important research in finding a better treatment for diabetes," said Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
“It is exciting that these drugs could stop the immune system from attacking insulin-producing cells, but it is too early to tell whether these cells recovered in the mice or if new cells were produced.
“More research is needed as initial studies have only been conducted in mice, but Diabetes UK is pleased that clinical trials are planned and look forward to hearing the results.”