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Last Updated: Wednesday March 09 2005 16:35 GMT

Diabetic man cured by new cells

An insulin injection for diabetes
A man with diabetes has become the first man in the UK to be cured after a special cell transplant.

People with diabetes have too high blood sugar levels because they don't produce a hormone called insulin properly, which controls blood sugar.

Richard Lane was given cells which make insulin from two donors, and he doesn't need insulin injections anymore.

He said: "I haven't felt better in myself for 30 years. It's almost like being a totally different person."

Richard, 61, from Bromley in Kent, had type 1 diabetes, which is quite serious. Before this transplant, he had to inject himself with insulin every day.

Even doing this, he sometimes fell unconscious because his blood sugar level dropped so quickly that he passed out.
Richard Lane has been cured
Richard Lane has been cured

The transplant is not perfect - some other patients who've had the same treatment still have to have 'top-ups' of insulin to keep them well.

But this cell transplant is generally good news for patients with diabetes.

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