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From Bandung, Indonesia:

I have a 14 year old so who has had Type 1 diabetes since age 9. He is now taking insulin shots regularly. Is there a form of tablet or something to replace the shots? How about pancreas transplant (from a parent)? And how about transplanting an animal cell to produce insulin in his body: is it possible?


If your son has Type 1 diabetes, and likely he does, no tablet will work.

Pancreas transplants, while effective, are usually given with a kidney transplant. At present, there are dangerous drugs that must be given to protect the pancreas; so transplants are not to be taken lightly. Research is progressing in the transplant field, just not ready to do on a regular basis yet.


Original posting 20 Jun 2000
Posted to Research: Cure and Medications: Pills for Diabetes


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