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New diabetes treatment being rolled out in Scotland

Published on 19/11/2009
Diabetics in Scotland can now benefit from a new treatment being offered by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, in association with Edinburgh University and the Lothian Health Board.

The treatment is a one-off process that involves patients being injected with islets – insulin producing cells – from a donated pancreas into the vein leading to the liver.

Currently restricted to people who can't manage their diabetes, the service has received NHS funding of £7.32 million to help roll it out.

Dr Victoria King, research manager of Diabetes UK, said: "Compared to a pancreas transplant, it's essentially for a different group of people.

"It's for those people at great risk of other complications from diabetes, such as kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions, but a pancreas transplant is major abdominal surgery, whereas the islet transplant isn't."

Statistics from the UK health organisation show that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 1.4 million to 2.5 million since 1996.

It is estimated that more than four million people will have the condition by 2025.

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