A New Treatment For Diabetes! Sweet!

I just saw this CTV story about a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes and it looks pretty neat. From what I understand, this pouch full of cells gets implanted under the patient’s skin and mimics the pancreas, creating insulin in response to the amount of sugar in the blood.

I do have questions though. Since the patient’s original pancreas kind of went on strike, how do we keep this thing from doing the same? Does it have to be replaced every so often? If so, how invasive is the procedure of implanting it and removing the old one? Does the patient still need to carry insulin for the cases where it screws up?

I’m sure all of this has been figured out, or is being figured out in the clinical trials. If it works like they say, it does look kind of cool.

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