A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Diabetes Treatment: Chinese Scientists Cure Patient Using Cell Therapy


Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to convert food into energy, leading to severe complications like heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease if not properly managed. Traditional treatments often require insulin injections and constant monitoring, imposing a significant burden on patients. However, a groundbreaking medical achievement by Chinese scientists promises to revolutionize diabetes treatment and alleviate this burden.

The Breakthrough Study

In an innovative medical advancement, a team of Chinese scientists from Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, the Centre for Excellence in Molecular Cell Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Renji Hospital have successfully cured a patient’s diabetes using cell therapy. The details of this pioneering treatment were published in the journal Cell Discovery on April 30, marking a significant milestone in the field.

The Treatment and Its Results

According to a report by the South China Morning Post, the patient underwent a cell transplant in July 2021. Remarkably, within just eleven weeks, the patient was no longer dependent on external insulin. Over the following year, he gradually reduced and then completely stopped taking oral medication to control his blood sugar levels. “Follow-up examinations showed that the patient’s pancreatic islet function was effectively restored,” explained Yin, one of the lead researchers. The patient has now been insulin-free for 33 months, showcasing the long-term efficacy of the treatment.

The Science Behind the Therapy

The innovative therapy involves programming the patient’s own peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These cells were transformed into “seed cells” and used to recreate pancreatic islet tissue in an artificial environment. This approach harnesses the body’s regenerative capabilities, a burgeoning field known as regenerative medicine. “Our technology has matured and it has pushed boundaries in the field of regenerative medicine for the treatment of diabetes,” said Yin.

Impact on Global Diabetes Care

China, which has the highest number of diabetes patients globally, faces a substantial healthcare burden. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 140 million people in China have diabetes, with 40 million dependent on lifelong insulin injections. This new cell therapy could potentially alleviate this burden significantly. Timothy Kieffer, a professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia, praised the study, stating, “I think this study represents an important advance in the field of cell therapy for diabetes.”

Future Prospects

Kieffer also noted that if this cell therapy approach proves effective in broader studies, “it can free patients from the burden of chronic medications, improve health and quality of life, and reduce healthcare expenditures.” However, he emphasized the need for further studies involving more patients to validate these findings.


The successful treatment of diabetes using cell therapy marks a significant step forward in medical science. As more research is conducted and technology continues to advance, there is hope that this revolutionary approach will become widely available, transforming the lives of millions of diabetes patients around the world. This breakthrough not only offers a potential cure but also paves the way for new treatments that could significantly reduce the healthcare burden associated with diabetes. For more information on diabetes management and the latest treatments, consult your healthcare provider or visit our website for resources and support.

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