Diabetes Vaccine in the Works - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/08

Diabetes Vaccine in the Works

Could a vaccine for diabetes be on the horizon?  Researchers have developed a technique they say can preserve some of the insulin-producing cells that are depleted by the disease. 

The study in the New England Journal of Medicine says that after receiving two doses of a vaccine that targets proteins which can save some of these insulin producing cells in patients newly diagnosed, the patients were able to keep some ability to make their own insulin.

More study is needed but studies in mice have shown this vaccine is preventing diabetes in those who are high risk.

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