News Report: T1D Woman’s Insulin Production Restored After Procedure

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Reports about the Diabetes Research Institute’s successful procedure that restored insulin production in a woman with type 1 diabetes.

Wendy Peacock, 43, from San Antonio, TX, underwent a minimally invasive procedure on August 18, 2015, and is now producing her own insulin naturally for the first time since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17.

In this pilot study, DRI researchers are testing a new transplant technique for insulin-producing cells, building upon decades of progress in clinical islet transplantation.

This trial is an important first step toward the development of the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered mini-organ that mimics the native pancreas to restore natural insulin production in people with type 1 diabetes.

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  1. This, of course, is not a cure! She will need this procedure again and again as the immune system attacks these cells in her body. However, I am glad that she is free from the hypoglycemic events for a certain amount of time, though.

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