Woman Not Diabetic After Cell Transplant

09/13/2015

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  • A diabetic woman no longer needs to take daily medicine after she received a stem cell transplant.
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  • The daily insulin injection had helped control the amount of sugar -- or glucose -- in her blood.
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  • Wendy Peacock was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17, according to the Miami Herald newpaper.
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  • Ms. Peacock, who is now 43, received the stem cells in mid-August in a "minimally invasive procedure" at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine in Florida.
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  • Doctors called the operation simple and said Ms. Peacock recovered quickly.
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  • After the operation, her body started producing insulin naturally.
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  • Ms. Peacock "is now completely off insulin," one of her doctors said.
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  • "These are the best ... results we've seen," said Dr. Camillo Ricordi, director of the Cell Transplant Center at the Diabetes Research Center in Florida.
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  • "If these results can be confirmed, this can be the beginning of a new era in ... transplantation," said Dr. Ricordi.
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  • If other doctors study the results and confirm the outcome, the procedure could become available to other diabetics.
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  • Ms. Peacock says her life has changed dramatically as a result of the operation.
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  • Before the operation, Ms. Peacock was unable to sense when her blood glucose dropped dangerously.
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  • Low glucose can make a person confused or unconscious. It may even lead to death.
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  • "As any type 1 knows, you live on a very structured schedule," Ms. Peacock explained.
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  • "I do a mental checklist every day in my head ... glucose tabs, food, glucometer, etc., and then I stop and say, 'WOW! I don't have to plan that anymore.' "
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  • Asians will find the medical news encouraging.
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  • Studies have shown that Asians are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, when compared with people of European ancestry.
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  • That's according to the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative at Harvard University in Massachusetts.
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  • Asian populations have fewer overweight and obese people than people in the West. But they have a higher percentage of people with diabetes.
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  • Currently, 60 percent of the world's diabetic population is Asian, according to the Initiative's website.
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  • I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.
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  • A diabetic woman no longer needs to take daily medicine after she received a stem cell transplant.
  • 2
  • The daily insulin injection had helped control the amount of sugar -- or glucose -- in her blood. Wendy Peacock was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17, according to the Miami Herald newpaper.
  • 3
  • Ms. Peacock, who is now 43, received the stem cells in mid-August in a "minimally invasive procedure" at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine in Florida. Doctors called the operation simple and said Ms. Peacock recovered quickly.
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  • After the operation, her body started producing insulin naturally.
  • 5
  • Ms. Peacock "is now completely off insulin," one of her doctors said.
  • 6
  • "These are the best ... results we've seen," said Dr. Camillo Ricordi, director of the Cell Transplant Center at the Diabetes Research Center in Florida.
  • 7
  • "If these results can be confirmed, this can be the beginning of a new era in ... transplantation," said Dr. Ricordi. If other doctors study the results and confirm the outcome, the procedure could become available to other diabetics.
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  • Ms. Peacock says her life has changed dramatically as a result of the operation. Before the operation, Ms. Peacock was unable to sense when her blood glucose dropped dangerously. Low glucose can make a person confused or unconscious. It may even lead to death.
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  • "As any type 1 knows, you live on a very structured schedule," Ms. Peacock explained. "I do a mental checklist every day in my head ... glucose tabs, food, glucometer, etc., and then I stop and say, 'WOW! I don't have to plan that anymore.' "
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  • Asians will find the medical news encouraging. Studies have shown that Asians are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, when compared with people of European ancestry. That's according to the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative at Harvard University in Massachusetts.
  • 11
  • Asian populations have fewer overweight and obese people than people in the West. But they have a higher percentage of people with diabetes. Currently, 60 percent of the world's diabetic population is Asian, according to the Initiative's website.
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  • I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.
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  • Kathleen Struck edited the story.
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  • Do you rely on daily shots of insulin for diabetes How would this procedure change your life Share your story in the Comments section and on our Facebook page.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • stem cell - n. a simple cell in the body that is able to develop into any one of various kinds of cells, such as blood cells or skin cells
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  • insulin - n. a substance that your body makes and uses to turn sugar into energy
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  • injection - n. the act or process of forcing a liquid medicine or drug into someone or something by using a special needle