Type 1 diabetes could be tackled by a radical technique involving injecting insulin-producing cells into the eye

Type 1 diabetes could be tackled by a new technique that involves implanting insulin-producing cells into the eye.

This has been found to cut the need for regular daily insulin shots by more than half in animals, and is now to be tested in humans.

While type 2 diabetes is linked with lifestyle and occurs when the body makes insufficient insulin — the hormone that mops up sugar in the bloodstream — type 1 is caused by the immune system destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas known as islet cells.

There’s no cure and patients require multiple doses of insulin by injection or pump every day.


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