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Children's Hospital studying drug with the potential to prevent/delay onset of type 1 diabetes
Date:11/9/2007

lf, said Dr. Becker, also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In type 1 diabetes, a persons own immune cells destroy the beta cells of the pancreas. Beta cells sense blood glucose and produce insulin, which regulates glucose and turns it into energy. This attack on beta cells begins well before a person develops diabetes and continues long after the disease is diagnosed. Scientists dont know what causes the attack, but the result is the insulin production decreases dramatically. When this happen, glucose builds up in the blood, but the bodys cells starve to death.

About 5 to 10 percent of the nearly 21 million people with diabetes have type 1, formerly known as juvenile onset diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes tends to arise in children and young adults but also is diagnosed in older people. Patients need three or more insulin injections a day or treatment with an insulin pump to maintain blood glucose control.


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Contact: Marc Lukasiak
marc.lukasiak@chp.edu
412-692-7919
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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