A preventative therapy for type 1 diabetes is in the works. Australian researchers have found a way to subdue the immune system cells that attack insulin-producing cells. The key is to subdue the “B cells” that tell “T cells” to kill the ones that make insulin. When this occurs, the T cells appear to tolerate the insulin-producing cells. This findings is especially important because type 1 diabetes usually develops suddenly in youth, and the disease incidence is rising in some places. The therapy, which is already used to treat Lupus, is in clinical trials.
Stopping killer cells
A promising new treatment could prevent type 1 diabetes