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Diabetes Can Be Controlled in Patients after Pancreas Removal

Removing the entire pancreas in patients with cancer or precancerous cysts in part of the organ does not result in unmanageable diabetes as many physicians previously believed. Researchers examined the control of insulin over several years in 14 patients whose entire pancreas was removed comparing their findings with 100 people with type 1 diabetes who must use insulin replacement. They found both groups had little difficulty controlling their blood sugar, and no complications resulted. Published online Aug. 26, 2012 in HPB Surgery