No more insulin — diabetic woman benefits from cell transplant

Miami Herald | Amy Sherman

Dr. Camillo Ricordi, director of the Diabetes Reseach Institute, explains the islet cell transplant as recipient, Wendy Peacock, right, looks on. Physicians with the Diabetes Research Institute at UHealth used a groundbreaking islet-cell transplant procedure to reverse diabetes in a 43-year-old mom, Wendy Peacock, who suffered from Type 1 diabetes. She no longer has to take insulin. Photo was at press conference at the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Carl Juste MIAMI HERALD STAFF Read more here:

After living with Type 1 diabetes for more than two decades, Wendy Peacock was used to the constant daily juggling act of monitoring her blood sugar, taking insulin and paying attention to everything she ate.

But in recent weeks she was able to stop taking her insulin after doctors transplanted new cells in her as part of a clinical trial at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at UHealth — University of Miami Health System.

"To think I can go to sleep at night and not worry that my blood sugar is going to drop it’s almost like a weight has been lifted," Peacock said during a news conference Wednesday, where doctors shared her success story.

For those who have Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys cells that make insulin, the hormone needed to regulate blood sugar. About 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes, including 200,000 youth. Those with the disease must take insulin either through multiple injections a day or continuously with a pump. They must measure their blood-glucose levels by pricking their fingers multiple times a day. Continue reading