Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes -- and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.
For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?
As the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow, health officials are trying to raise awareness of the disease during National Diabetes Month. This year there is a special focus on the impact diabetes has on heart disease.