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RE: [IP] Re: Diabetes Update tonight on ABC



I saw the report, but did not hear if they said how the implant would be
inserted.  Anyone know how, and what recovery time/problems are?  Rita

> ----------
> From: 	Ted Quick[SMTP:email @ redacted]
> Sent: 	Thursday, January 29, 1998 11:13 PM
> To: 	email @ redacted
> Subject: 	Re: [IP] Re: Diabetes Update tonight on ABC
> 
> email @ redacted wrote:
> > 
> > Did any one else watch the ABC update?
> > Can any one else explain what the advance is? I'm totally lost
> > here..
> > 
> > Barca-Tinus Family wrote:
> > >
> > > The new research seems to be an implant in the abdomen area that
> "filters
> > > like a tea bag but is tough as steel", supplying the insulin to
> lock up and
> > > provide our energy. I think. They also said it wouldn't be
> available until
> > > a few years. .........and why do they always show the worst
> effects this
> > > disease has on people..kidneys, neuropathy, retinal bleeding.
> > > Is this what they think we have to look forward to?
> > > 32 and somewhat depressed. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> 
> It's micro-encapsulated Beta cells. They surround a few cells with a
> capsule
> made of a semi-permeable membrane, either using plastic or a seaweed
> derivative.
> The capsule keeps the bodies white cells from attacking and destroying
> the 
> "foreign" (that is , not your own) Beta cells, but glucose can get in
> to
> feed the cells and insulin can get out. 
> 
> The Beta cells can be derived from animals, human donors aren't
> thought
> to be necessary. There is a big project to raise pigs especially to
> supply
> the Beta cells.
> 
> All very fine, but they didn't mention a few things. The Beta cells
> are
> fine as long as they last, but when they die (as all types of cells do
> eventually) there is nowhere for replacement cells to grow in the
> capsules, 
> so you need to get them replaced eventually. The only thing even
> vaguely 
> related to that in the report was when they said: Steven, one of
> several 
> people who have had the treatment, didn't need insulin injections just
> after the surgery, but now takes a small daily dose of insulin. 
> 
> The dose will grow slowly until they replenish the now dead cells with
> 
> another batch........ Sounds like a problem to me. First they need
> enough
> harvested cells to give him the first batch, then they need to get
> further
> batches every so often (each year or 2?) to replace some. Sounds like
> a
> long way between insulin shots, sort of. Of course the life would be 
> easier when the Beta cells produce enough to live freely, but
> degradation 
> seems like a risky variable hard to predict or control.
> 
> Think I'll wait for genetic research to do it right!
> 
> Ted Quick
> tquicklightstream.net
>