Recognizing when you need islet transplantation

The indications for islet transplantation are the same as those for whole pancreas transplantation: The patient suffers from debilitating hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia or has significant complications of diabetes. If you want to join a clinical trial, you'll be fully evaluated by a doctor before undergoing the procedure.

Islet transplantation is most successful when the patient is taking a low dose of insulin. Any patient whose insulin use is 40 units daily or less is an excellent candidate for this procedure.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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