Melbourne: A new study by researchers in Sydney has offered fresh hope to patients with insulin-dependent diabetes.Professor Ann Simpson and her team at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), say that a cure for the condition could be developed in within three years. They are leading the fight against type 1 diabetes, with two separate teams at Westmead and UTS attempting to beat the potentially deadly condition.Researchers believe their study will lead to a treatment for type 1 diabetes after they successfully reversed the debilitating disease in mice, rats and pigs.
Sufferers must inject daily doses of insulin to stop the potentially life-threatening ketoacidosis.The cure would involve implanting the human insulin gene into the liver, which then secretes insulin instead of the pancreas.Patients would need to undergo one-off keyhole surgery to inject the gene in the portal vein of the liver. ANI
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