Archive - February 3, 2016

Type 1 diabetic woman’s pancreas transplant solves her needle phobia – but is it a cure?

On Friday 29 January, Ms. Sue York, from Lincoln, received a successful pancreas transplant because of a very severe needle phobia. For the foreseeable future, she will not need to inject insulin. Ms. York described the feeling as “incredible”.

This is amazing news. Ms. York’s procedure represents a massive breakthrough in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Insulin injections, which used to leave her shaking and vomiting, are for now not a concern. But many people have mistaken the transplant for a cure, when in fact it isn’t one. Not quite.

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