Pancreas Transplant Improves Cardiac Function

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A pancreas transplant can improve cardiac function in people with type 1 diabetes, according to Italian researchers.

Thirteen individuals with type 1 who had each received a pancreas transplant were compared with 11 matched type 1 control subjects who did not receive transplants. (The transplant procedure involved only the pancreas; it was not a simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant.)

Glucose levels, cholesterol levels and several cardiac-related factors were assessed before the transplant and up to six months afterward.

After the transplants, the 13 transplant subjects no longer required insulin injections. Their blood pressure values significantly improved, and their cholesterol levels were lowered.

-Transplantation, September 27, 2003

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