Lifewatch: Type one diabetes

VIRGINIA -- Doctors say new research shows promise for reversing type-one diabetes.  And if it works, this could change the lives of millions.

Anyone who has to deal with diabetes day in and day out will tell you that you don't really ever get used to it.

One doctor thinks there is a way to help diabetics make their own insulin.  While one drug isn't going to cut it, he thinks two might do the trick.

For David Hollander, living with diabetes means sticking himself with needles up to a dozen times a day.

"For the first ten years I would wake up every morning praying not to have diabetes anymore," said Hollander.

Now, a doctor at Eastern Virginia Medical School says that may be possible one day using a combination of these two drugs to regenerate a person's own insulin producing cells.

"In our research we took one medication called lisofylline, which stops the body from destroying the cells and we took another medication called NGAP which helps the body make new cells," said Dr. Jerry Nadler.

Dr. Nadler did his research on mice at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and recently presented the results to the American Diabetes Association.

He says the next step is to try the drugs on people.

"If its successful people could at the best goal get off of insulin completely not have to use insulin but even if we could reduce the amount of insulin people need that would be a major advance," said Dr. Nadler.

Hollander is hopeful, because while insulin helps control his blood sugar, he still experiences potentially harmful side effects.

Reported by Kristy Ondo