For patients with type 1 diabetes, surviving means engaging in a day-to-day balancing act between dangerously high and low blood sugar levels.
Produced by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, this video follows the personal struggles of two type 1 diabetes patients, as well as the groundbreaking research of stem cell scientists who aim to develop an embryonic stem cell therapy for the chronic disease.
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More about dental stem cell research and diabetes
Dental stem cells were discovered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2000; since then, the pace of research has quickly accelerated. Dental stem cells have already been used to regenerate dental bone and periodontal ligament in human trials, and are now being studied to see how they could play a role in treating conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack), corneal repair and neurological diseases like Parkinson's.
- Researchers at the University of Miami reported evidence that dental stem cells from periodontal ligament can differentiate into insulin-producing cells.
- Similar stem cells found in bone marrow have been used in aPhase II clinical trial supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) with the goal to halt or reverse the autoimmune attack that causes type 1 diabetes.