I was at the Children With Diabetes conference a couple of years ago - thousands of families with diabetic children.
I met so many people: families, friends, educators, researchers, businesses – all impacted by this disease, all affected by these children whose lives were recently changed through the diagnosis.
While there, I met hundreds of parents. Some had been dealing with the disease for many years. For some, it was a new part of their life. They were there to meet up with friends, learn about the latest progress in Juvenile Diabetes research, continue their lifelong education on living with Juvenile Diabetes.
I was excited by the amount of discussion regarding stem cells (cord blood; bone marrow; and now dental).
Most parents at the conference had not banked their child’s cord blood stem cells. Many of them told me they regret it in hindsight, especially considering all the activity going on with stem cells and diabetes research.
A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research showed that stem cells from teeth can produce insulin in a glucose responsive manner – early research which means dental stem cells might one day play a role in treating type 1 diabetes.
What's new and noteworthy is that this study involved stem cells from baby teeth - taken out during routine dental care of children, age 7-11 years old.
The key takeaways for this research can be found here.
How many of you didn't bank cord blood?