The concept of using stem cells as a cure for diabetes is rather new along with the many other potential uses for stem cells. A team of South Korean researchers at the Seoul National University has been doing various forms of stem cell research over the years and has been able to successfully grow human pancreatic cells from stem cells. The stem cells temselves come from the spinal cord blood that is most readily available in the placenta following a child’s birth. Usually this blood is simply thrown out with the umbilical cord into the garbage, but rather then throw away a potentially life saving fluid, research in many nations into stem cells has grown in popularity.
It has been found that the stem cells can generate healthy pancreatic cells which are able to secrete insulin which is the necessary hormone for the treatment of diabetes. The recent discoveries into stem cell research has show the ability of the stem cells themselves to change into practically every form of cells found in the human body and this does show some great promises in treating various conditions such as diabetes.
While there still needs to be more research done in this field, all over the world research teams have been able to consistently reproduce this changing effects of the stem cells. Within time, perhaps a cure to diabetes can be found and stem cells to appear to have a great deal of promise in that field.