Diabetes

Doctors increasingly turn to pancreas transplants to treat diabetes

Doctors increasingly turn to pancreas transplants to treat diabetes

John Lewentowicz took insulin for 30 years to control his blood sugar and treat his type 1 diabetes.

But he still suffered from complications from the disease. He lost two toes because of nerve damage and poor circulation. He would shake and pass out when his blood sugar fell too low.

“It really takes a toll on your body,” he said.

Relief finally came last year when Lewentowicz underwent a pancreas transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The procedure cured Lewentowicz’s diabetes and the 53-year-old no longer takes insulin.

“It made me feel 1,000 percent better,” said the former casino dealer who lives in New Jersey. “It gets better every...

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