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Massachusetts will now be the first state in the nation to have a hair transplant program for people with type 2 diabetes.
A groundbreaking program announced by Gov.
Charlie Baker last week will allow people with the disease to undergo a process called a hair transplant.
The new program, which is designed to be able to operate on a larger scale and offer a longer-term benefit, has received a number of accolades, including the support of the U.S. Surgeon General.
The Massachusetts program, the first in the country, will provide hair transplanted from people who are at least 18 years old and who have Type 2 diabetes to more than 4,500 people in the state, said Sarah B. Anderson, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Massachusetts Department of Health.
The program is aimed at helping to prevent and manage Type 2, but also to improve overall health.
People with Type 2 can suffer from mood swings, sleep disturbances, diabetes and other conditions, she said.
The surgery, which can take up to two years, will be done by a licensed surgeon who will be able use the type of equipment that the surgeon already has access to, said Karen E. Fuchs, a medical director of surgery for the Boston Health Care System and a member of the Massachusetts team.
A new facility will be built to house the transplant team, and the transplant surgeons will work under a strict set of guidelines, Fuchs said.
It will also be a sanctuary for those who have lost a limb.
The program will be administered by the Massachusetts Dental and Craniofacial Institute, a division of the state’s Department of Public Health, which has a long-standing relationship with the program, she added.
The Boston Health care system, which serves about 700,000 residents in the Boston area, has agreed to donate a portion of its operations revenue to the program.
The state has about 8,000 people with Type 1 diabetes, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to the transplants for people who have the disease, there will be other surgical procedures that could help patients with the condition, including laser hair removal and a transplant that will give people with other conditions the ability to use the same skin to grow their hair, said Fuchs.
The Massachusettes transplant program is a significant step forward in a country in which Type 2 remains under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-invested.
It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of people with diabetes have no access to a doctor.
For more on diabetes, see the UPI/Moody’s health care blog, diabetes news and commentary.
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