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Can getting a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabetes?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

But usually reserve for patients who have frequent severe low sugars, other severe complications because risk of pancreas transplants-death, side effects of meds to prevent rejection- are usually worse than diabetes state that is controlled by patient with diet, meds.

In brief: Yes

But usually reserve for patients who have frequent severe low sugars, other severe complications because risk of pancreas transplants-death, side effects of meds to prevent rejection- are usually worse than diabetes state that is controlled by patient with diet, meds.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Last effort

We do not consider this a cure.
Pancreas transplant is offered for those with progressive end stage disease, and requires lifelong immune suppresants, which come with a host of health problems and risks. It is much better to control type one with intensive insulin therapy pump and continuous glucose monitor, keeping a1c in the recommended range.

In brief: Last effort

We do not consider this a cure.
Pancreas transplant is offered for those with progressive end stage disease, and requires lifelong immune suppresants, which come with a host of health problems and risks. It is much better to control type one with intensive insulin therapy pump and continuous glucose monitor, keeping a1c in the recommended range.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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In brief: Pancreas transplant

Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal.
It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals.

In brief: Pancreas transplant

Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal.
It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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