Adult Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide and specifically among Americans, however, there appears to be an emerging treatment that you should consider. This treatment is still in the beginning stages, but there have been successes recorded with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, DM, with the use of stem cells. Users of the stem cell treatment method see a decrease in the amount of insulin they need to take each day. Ideally, patients who use stem cells to treat diabetes will eventually be insulin shot free.
Why Worry About Diabetes?
If one can live with diabetes, why does it matter? If you are asking yourself this, then know that management is the only way diabetes is not life threatening. You can develop heart disease, or blood vessel disease, due to the sugar levels in the blood. Your blood pressure will rise and your arteries will constrict. Over half of those who have diabetes will die of heart disease or blood vessel disease.
It is also possible to suffer from nerve damage (causing your hands and feet to tingle), leg and foot amputations, kidney failure, eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, and more), osteoporosis, and gingivitis.
The main objective of the catheterization approach is so that the cells are directly delivered to the problem area. Using the IV infusion approach cells are naturally filtered thought the lungs and it is a normal function of human physiology for a percentage of the cells to become trapped in the lung area.
Radial Artery approach- may also be used for cannulation; this approach offers several advantages, including the accessibility of the artery in most patients, the easy control of bleeding even in anticoagulated patients, the enhancement of comfort because patients are capable of sitting up and walking immediately following the procedure, and the near absence of clinically significant sequelae in patients with a normal Allen Test.
How Stem Cell Therapy Works
Adult stem cells are accepted by the body because they are an autologous tissue, and help rebuild the cells that can produce and manage insulin. The therapy is called Cellular Therapy, and it is the transfer of stem cells. There are many methods that can be used to transfer the cells.
Intravenous Infusion Technique– adult adipose-derived stem cells are extracted from the patient and adult stem cells are injected through an IV infusion.
Arterial Catheterization Technique– transfer of adult stem cells through an arterial catheter, and deposited directly on the pancreas.
There are some other treatments that are being investigated, but they are not very successful. You can have either a pancreas transplant, or a transplant of the islet cells. Unlike stem cell transplant, they are either hard to come by, or the body will reject the transplant. In addition, the drugs required to help the body with the transplant can be hard enough to cause further infection and organ damage. Both the pancreas transplant and the islet cell transplantation require one to take immune-suppressing drugs so that it will accept the transplant.
At this time, the stem cell treatment appears to be the best possible chance to treat diabetes and possibly cure it. It is still in the research phase, but has begun to show very positive results. Stem cell treatments protect the remaining cells and help replenish pancreatic cells. Stem cells have also been proven to relieve the chronic diabetic complications such as those involving blood vessels, the eyes, kidneys and nerves.
Stem cell treatments are an innovative supplemental treatment for Diabetes. These treatments have helped patients with diabetes by decreasing pain in lower extremities, improving vision and healing diabetic wounds. The significant success rates and the low risk associated with the treatment are both good reasons for considering treatment with adult stem cells.