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do beta cells grow back if you can block the diabetes antibodies against them?

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Dr. Michael Vlases
Specializes in Diabetology
No (not yet): So far, trials of powerful immune-suppression drugs have not been able to prevent type 1 diabetes in kids who have antibodies or other predisposition. This research is ongoing, however. Check out trialnet for more information.

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