官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号(英语全能特训)
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - Woman Not Diabetic After Cell Transplant

作者:Kelly Jean Kelly 发布日期:9-13-2015

Dr. Camillo Ricordi and islet cell transplant recipient, Wendy Peacock, right, on September 9, 2015.  (Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)
Dr. Camillo Ricordi and islet cell transplant recipient, Wendy Peacock, right, on September 9, 2015. (Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

A diabetic woman no longer needs to take daily medicine after she received a stem cell transplant.

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.

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.

After the operation, her body started producing insulin naturally.

Ms. Peacock 'is now completely off insulin,' one of her doctors said.

'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.

'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.

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.

'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.' '

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.

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.

I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.

Kathleen Struck edited the story.

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.

Words in This Story

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

insulin - n. a substance that your body makes and uses to turn sugar into energy

injection - n. the act or process of forcing a liquid medicine or drug into someone or something by using a special needle

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台