I have been hearing about “encapsulation” research projects for the last few years and to be honest was never really too excited about them until now. The project that gives me the most hope is currently being led by a company called Viacyte Inc. This year, ViaCyte announced that their Encapsulation research was expanding tohuman clinical trials in Canada! Human trials, that’s further than most other “life-changing” researches have ever gotten. That got me very excited! Transplants have been used as a Type 1 treatment for a few years now, but necessitating very strong immunosuppressant drugs which can potentially cause many other issues. With the encapsulation project, the transplanted cells are “protected” from the immune system in a small pouch made of a selectively permeable membrane that enables insulin to be released while protecting the insulin producing beta cells from being destroyed by the immune system. This “pouch” would be surgically implanted under the skin and do the work of a healthy pancreas for up to 24 months. This would mean no more blood sugar checks, no more calculating carbs and no more insulin injections for up to 2 years. Words cannot fully explain the positive effect such a treatment would have on those playing the Type 1 game… Seriously, although it is not a true cure, this would be a HUGE life changing discovery.
On this last day of November, which is Diabetes awareness month, I would personally like to thank all those that have donated and worked so hard this year to help us raise $32,411 for JDRF in 2015 !! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !! Your support and contribution are making a difference in the lives of those living with Type 1.