Islets of Langerhans
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Islets of Langerhans are in the pancreas and one of them produces insulin.
At the Diabeties Research Institute they are focused on restoring natural insulin production to normalize blood sugar control. One key strategy is islet transplantation -- taking healthy islets from a donor pancreas then transplanting them into patients with diabetes.
They say they have already demonstrated that transplanted islets can function for more than 12 years. Much of their research is now aimed at increasing the supply of islet cells available for transplantation, to find the optimal site for transplantation, as well as eliminating the need for anti-rejection cells.
This is interesting and good to know. Hopefully though I'll turn around my pre-diabeties and never need to visit the Islets of Langerhans.