New research shows reversal of diabetes

By WEEK Producer

New research shows reversal of diabetes

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM CDT

VANCOUVER, BC -- The future of diabetes is looking bright, thanks to new research out of Canada.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia were able to erase the symptoms of Type One diabetes in mice.

Experts injected human stem cells into diabetic mice. After three to four months, the mice were weaned off diabetes medications and were able to maintain a healthy blood sugar level even if they were fed a high-glucose diet.

There were side effects linked to the procedure, like cartilage formation where the stem cells were injected.

Researchers are hopeful they will be able to completely reverse diabetes in humans by getting stem cells to kick-start insulin production again. They say the treatment should work for patients with Type Two diabetes as well.

This study was published in the journal "Diabetes."

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