In World's First, Chinese Researchers Announce Successful Diabetes Cure with Cell Therapy

27 May 2024 • In a groundbreaking medical achievement, Chinese scientists have has reportedly cured a patient's diabetes using an innovative cell therapy. This pioneering treatment is developed by a team from Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, the Centre for Excellence in Molecular Cell Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Renji Hospital.

The patient, a 59-year-old man who had been living with type 2 diabetes for 25 years, was at serious risk of complications from the disease. He had a kidney transplant in 2017, but had lost most of his pancreatic islet function, and relied on multiple insulin injections every day.

The patient received the innovative cell transplant in July 2021. Eleven weeks after the transplant, he was free of the need for external insulin, and the dose of oral medication to control blood sugar levels was gradually reduced and completely stopped one year later.

The patient has now been insulin-free for 33 months and is not on any other medication.

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