There may be a benefit to being a male if you have Type 1 diabetes.
This article talks about a study conducted by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in which cells taken from testicular tissue can become insulin producing cells. So far, this study has only been conducted in a laboratory using either mice or cells taken from recently deceased men. When these cells are taken from the testicles, the article says that they get “confused” and become other cells.
In the studies, 1 gram of tissue can become around 1 million stem cells. When these new cells are put into mice, the glucose levels are decreased. While at this point, the results only last around a week, it looks promising so far. Is a cure for diabetes on the horizon, courtesy of testes?