Diabetes Type 1 Cure
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Body's Own Stem Cells To Fight Diabetes Type 1
Doctors believe they are getting closer to a cure that could dramatically change the lives of people with Type I Diabetes.
In patients with Type I Diabetes the body thinks the pancreas is a foreign invader, so it starts to destroy the organ's islet cells.
Those are the cells that produce insulin.
Now researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are trying to create islets from adult stem cells so that they can be transplanted back into the patient, eliminating the need for constant blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections.
"The crux of this research is to change the whole paradigm," says Georgetown's Dr. Stephen Clement. "So instead of giving shots in response to what the person needs, to basically develop cells that can make insulin again that are autologous, which means we actually start with cells from a person's own body."
Scientists have transplanted islets from one person to another in the past, but patients were required to be on strong anti-rejection medications and that can take more of a toll on the body than the diabetes itself.
Clement says creating islets from a person's own stem cells would prevent the need for that kind of medication.
"The next step is to have to grow a lot of islets, a half billion to cure diabetes in a human," he says.
Doctors are now figuring out the best way to grow the new cells.
They would then try to implant them in animals and if that goes well, they'll be used on humans.
All in all, Clement says it will take anywhere from two to five years.
Men who regularly drink coffee – caffeinated or decaf – are significantly less likely to develop a deadly form of the disease, according to a study published online in the May 17 issue of the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute."
Harvard researchers looked at the incidence of prostate cancer in a group of almost 48,000 American men who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008, according to a written statement released in conjunction with the study.
They found that men who downed the most coffee – six or more cups a day – were nearly 20 percent less likely to develop any form of prostate cancer and a whopping 60 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer (that which causes death or spreads to the bones). Guys who drank one to three cups a day had a 30 percent lower risk, the study showed.
"At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," lead author Kathryn WIlson, a research fellow in epidemiology at Harvard, said in the statement. "If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer."
But validation is the operative word.
"I don't recommend that men change their diets based on the results of any single study," Dr. Wilson said in an email. "We need to see if this finding is confirmed in other populations."
The researchers were at a loss to explain exactly why coffee was associated with lower risk. But they noted that coffee contains antioxidants and antiinflammatory compounds, in addition to substances that help regulate insulin levels.
Coffee has already been linked to reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer. And recent studies suggest that drinking coffee doesn't increase the risk for heart disease or stroke, according to the Harvard School of Public Health website.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among American men, after lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society has more on prostate cancer.