For type 1 diabetespatients, daily insulin injections are a lifelong commitment. But these patients may soon be able to better manage their disease with the help of a medication used to treat psoriasis. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. A new study from Indiana University found that the medication alefacept decreased insulin requirements in patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This medication also helped preserve function in pancreatic beta cells for up to two years. Beta cells secrete insulin the hormone which regulates blood sugar. A secondary benefit of alefacept was that.