What is a pancreas transplantation used to treat?

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Pancreas transplantation restores the body's ability to control blood sugar levels, allowing the majority of people with type 1 diabetes to stop using insulin. When performed in conjunction with kidney transplantation, pancreas transplantation protects the new kidney from the damage caused by diabetes. In some people, a pancreas transplant may slow the progression or even reverse some of the secondary complications of diabetes such as retinopathy and neuropathy. Overall, when successful, pancreas transplantation may offer improvement in quality of life compared to insulin therapy, and in prevention of diabetes complications and death.

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