Immunotherapy to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

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ckdsite Posted: Fri, Apr 20 2012 9:21 AM

Type 1 Diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset diabetes, belongs to an autoimmune disease. In other words, the body innate immune system attacks pancreatic beta cells and kills them. As a result, the pancreas can not produce enough insulin and blood glucose levels continue to be high.

Immunotherapy is a great breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes. Different from conventional insulin injection therapy, immunotherapy is targeted at rectifying the immune disorder, repairing and regenerating new islet beta cells so as to treat type 1 diabetes much more effectively.

Immunotherapy is the combination of Chinese medicine and advanced medical treatment, say, stem cell transplant. In the whole treatment process of treating diabetes with immunotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine focuses on clearing up the internal environment and blocking further damage to insulin-secreting cells. Traditional Chinese medicine also aids in accelerating overall blood vessels, providing microelements and nutrients to impaired pancreas and adjusting the immune system. This also ensures a stable internal environment for stem cells to take on effect better.

Stem cell transplant often follows traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Stem cells are undifferentiated original cells that can regenerate into desired types of cells.

Stem cells will be initially be cultured in the lab. Under the best condition, stem cells are injected through intravenous transfusion so as to replenish into new pancreas beta cells and other insulin-secreting cells; stem cells can also take on effect to restore the immune system by inhibiting T-lymphocyte proliferation and its immune response through cellular interaction and producing stimulating cell factors.

Thereby, more and more insulin can be secreted and patients can decrease their insulin injection dosage gradually. Stem cell transplant has also shown their therapeutic effect in treating diabetic complications such as retinopathy and foot disease.

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