For the first time in human trials, stem cell therapy has cured Type 1 diabetes. 15 newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes patients underwent immune suppression therapy and were then given transfusion of stem cells from their own blood.
The infusion worked on 93% of the patients and some have been freed of their dependence on synthetic insulin for three years with no mortality. Dr. Voltarelli’s team first removed stem cells from their patient’s blood.
They then treated patients with chemotherapy to wipe out the white blood cells in the body and then re-injected the stem cells to help rebuild the immune system. Only 1 of the 15 patients has had to resume insulin injections.