Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Adult stem cells may be able to improve and even reverse the effects of type 1 diabetes mellitus. The chronic illness is associated with the body’s inability to produce insulin. Millions of Americans have type 1 diabetes, more are diagnosed each year.
Juvenile or type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, but the disease can also develop during late 30s and early 40s. Only 5% of diabetics have this form of the disease.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body stops producing insulin due to the autoimmune disorder when the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. Typically, type 1 diabetes patients require lifelong insulin therapy. Left untreated, diabetes can cause damage to all important organs and organ systems in the body.
However, stem cell therapy, along with healthy lifestyle and nutrition, may provide type 1 diabetic individuals with the ability to reduce and even eliminate their insulin use. Stem cell therapy holds the potential to repair tissues and organs damaged as a result of diabetes mellitus.
In type 1 diabetes, the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system. Recent studies show that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) have the capacity to turn into new, healthy insulin-producing cells and migrate to the site of damage. They also secrete growth factors or cytokines. As a result, MSCs may help increase insulin secretion, increase the number of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, enhance cell survival, and treat diabetic ulcers and limb ischemia.
MSCs efficiently transform into insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. They have also shown to travel to the site of injury, the pancreatic islets and the liver, where they can stimulate tissue repair and improve metabolic function.
Stem cells can be harvested from a patient’s own tissue, such as adipose (fat) tissue, in a safe outpatient procedure. The stem cells can then be isolated and extracted from the tissue. They can then be injected, sometimes immediately after harvesting. The entire procedure is safe, ethical and legal, painless and causes minimal discomfort to the patient.
Thousands of patients have been successfully treated with rare safety concerns. Stem cells possess enormous regenerative potential and stem cell therapy can provide pain relief and significantly improved quality of life for many patients.
To learn more about stem cell therapy, call the leading stem cell clinic in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Bay Area, Advanced Stem Cell Institute at 760-878-7136 today! With office locations in Los Angeles, Encino, Rancho Cucamonga, Lancaster, Beverly Hills, Studio City, and San Francisco, Advanced Stem Cell Institute prides itself on helping people to achieve optimal health with the use of stem cell injections throughout California.
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