Breakthrough Research Cures Diabetes Type 1 Using Stem Cells
New research, which was led by the assistant professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Jeffrey R. Millman, has recently shown the potential of stem cells in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
More specifically, the researchers looked at how stem cells from humans can be converted into insulin-producing beta cells and be used to cure diabetes in a lab mice model.
Currently, diabetes is one of the biggest pandemics at a global level. Statistically, more than thirty million people in the US alone are living with diabetes which is around 10.6 percent of the population.
Out of these, nearly 1.6 million have diabetes type 1. Not only does this include adults but also 187,000 children and teenagers. Despite the awareness campaigns and initiatives for diabetes, the number of cases seems to go up with 1.2 million cases every year.
This is why diabetes has become a big cause of concern worldwide as well as within the US. It is also because having diabetes also means an individual has a higher risk of developing other health conditions including heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and many more.
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