Type 1 Diabetes Research at UF Could Help Patients Partially Produce Own Insulin
GAINESVILLE - It's a step in the right direction for Type 1 diabetes research at the University of Florida.
Doctors say there could be a way for patients to produce their own insulin...in the hope that one day they won't be dependent on injecting insulin at all.
The study was conducted with patients who have had Type 1 diabetes for more than a few months and showed that a combination of drugs already on the market being used for other diseases could help Type 1 patients.
Dr. Michael Haller, UF pediatric endocrinologist: "we think the cocktail works by getting rid of the bad cells that think the pancreas is a foreign invader and wanting to destroy it and at the same time are promoting the generation of new good guy cells that are sort of like the cops of the immune system and that can continue to convince the bad guys to stay away."
By no means a cure...but Haller says the study is an important step in forward in their efforts to make life easier for people with Type 1 diabetes.
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