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Advancing Treatment Options for Type 1 Diabetes with Dental Stem Cells

Perhaps one of the most exciting promises found in dental stem cells is their potential to play a role in treating Type 1 Diabetes. Research suggests that stem cells from teeth could enable new therapies for diabetes in the future. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health discovered stem cells in and near teeth that are similar to those found in bone marrow. Both are classified as Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), which are complementary to the hematopoietic stem cells found in umbilical cord blood. MSC are being studied for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes in a human clinical trial, supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with the goal to reverse the autoimmune attack that causes Type 1 Diabetes.


The mission of Children with Diabetes, is to promote understanding of the care and treatment of diabetes, especially in children; to increase awareness of the need for unrestricted diabetes care for children at school and daycare; to support families living with diabetes; and to promote understanding of research into a cure. The Kramer family attended the 2009 CWD conference in Orlando and presented the “In Whose Two Shoes” program, sponsored by the Patient Mentor Institute.


The Diabetes Research Institute is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. The Diabetes Research Institute is taking the next quantum leap toward a biological cure for type 1 diabetes with the development of the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered mini organ that mimics the native pancreas and restores natural insulin production in patients. 


The Juvenile diabetes Research Foundation International is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.



The world’s first tubing-free insulin pump, the OmniPod insulin pump System is discreet and durable, wireless and incredibly easy to use. With just two user-friendly parts that communicate wirelessly, the OmniPod® Insulin Management System simplifies insulin pump therapy. The waterproof Pod integrates the pumping mechanism, cannula, needle, and insulin reservoir into one wearable unit. The PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) wirelessly programs insulin delivery, calculates suggested doses, and has a convenient, built-in FreeStyle® blood glucose meter.Tyler Kramer has been using the Omnipod Insulin Management system for the past several years and is able to do backflips without worrying about twisting any tubes-check out the pod on his arm in this picture.



The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for   those affected by diabetes.





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