Diabetes

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Posted by: Diabetic rage | 2011/10/27

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pancreas transplants

I would like to ask you if you know anything about pancreas transplants?

I have read abit about it but there is not much info. How does one go about getting one? I know all my problems would be over if i didn''t have diabetes. The only reason I eat all the time is because I''m so incredibly angry about having diabetes. I know I''m not supposed to eat all these bad things, but i do it just to get back at diabetes if u know what i mean? Sometimes, even if i dont want to, i will eat a few spoons of sugar just because i know I shouldnt. I need this to stop :(

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Diabetes expert

Hi Diabetic Rage

I sympathize with your plight, as diabetes can be a difficult disease to deal with. Sometimes one may need to see a psychologist to help deal with the various issues, as you are certainly not alone in feeling this way.

Regarding pancreas transplants, the only form done in South Africa is that of a complete pancreas transplant, which is done simultaneously with a kidney transplant for patients with kidney failure.

The other way of doing a transplant is by injecting pancreatic cells in the veins of the liver, and this technique is not done in SA, as it is very costly, not always successful, and requires immunosuppressive drugs, which come with their own side-effects.

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Posted by: Diabetes expert | 2011/10/28

Hi Diabetic Rage

I sympathize with your plight, as diabetes can be a difficult disease to deal with. Sometimes one may need to see a psychologist to help deal with the various issues, as you are certainly not alone in feeling this way.

Regarding pancreas transplants, the only form done in South Africa is that of a complete pancreas transplant, which is done simultaneously with a kidney transplant for patients with kidney failure.

The other way of doing a transplant is by injecting pancreatic cells in the veins of the liver, and this technique is not done in SA, as it is very costly, not always successful, and requires immunosuppressive drugs, which come with their own side-effects.

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