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October 12, 2000

Research: Other, Transplants

Question from Decherd, Tennessee, USA:

My five year old son has recently been diagnosed with type�1 diabetes. I have heard rumors about new medicines so he will not have to have shots. Is there any truth to this?

Answer:

I am not aware of any medical treatment that will be able to replace insulin for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. However, You may be thinking of inhaled or oral insulin or islet transplantation.

MS