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RE: [IP] This from Diabetes in Control



Islet cell transplants are not a "cure" any more than is a kidney or 
heart transplant.  They require anti-rejection medications for the 
rest of the patient's life.  Further, if the body's immune system has 
already homed in on pancreas beta cells as not-self, there is a good 
chance it will also home in on the transplanted islet cells and 
destroy them, in spite of anti-rejection meds.  If you are going to 
require anti-rejection medication anyway, it makes sense to get a 
pancreas or beta-cell transplant say, along with a kidney transplant. 
But it is not a cure in the sense of restoration to normal health 
without the need for ongoing medication.
-- 
Sue Ann Bowling, North Pole, Alaska
http://mosquitonet.com/~sbowling (general)
http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/DogPage.html (dogs)
http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/Bowling/Bowling.html (professional--retired)
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