Can Stem Cell Transplant Help with My Diabetes
What is Diabetes and what are the dangers of it?
Diabetes is actually a group of diseases characterized by abnormally high levels of the sugar glucose in the bloodstream. This excess glucose is responsible for most of the complications of diabetes, which include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, neuropathy, and amputations.
Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile-onset diabetes, typically affects children and young adults. Diabetes develops when the body's immune system sees its own cells as foreign and attacks and destroys them. As a result, the islet cells of the pancreas, which normally produce insulin, are destroyed. In the absence of insulin, glucose cannot enter the cell and glucose accumulates in the blood.
Type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, tends to affect older, sedentary, and overweight individuals with a family history of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot use insulin effectively. This is called insulin resistance and the result is the same as with type 1 diabetes—a build up of glucose in the blood.
Why common treatments can not get Diabetes in control?
In Diabetes patients, their blood glucose levels are usually high even under oral hypoglyceimic agents or insulin injection treatment. Whatever they choose oral hypoglyceimic agents or insulin injection treatment, it just focuses on the symptom of high glucose and relieves this symptom. Only if the damaged pancreas has not been repaired well or the insulin resistant has not been eliminated, the high blood glucose level can not get controlled or return to normal level, and the disease of Diabetes can not be treated fundamentally.
Therefore, in order to treat Diabetes fundamentally, the effective treatment should have the functions of repairing the damaged pancreas and blocking insulin resistance. The above are exactly the functions of Stem Cell Therapy.
How Stem Cell Transplant Treat diabetes?
In developing a potential therapy for patients with Diabetes, researchers hope to develop a system that meets several criteria. Ideally, stem cells should be able to multiply in culture and reproduce themselves exactly. That is, the cells should be self-renewing. Stem cells should also be able to differentiate in vivo to produce the desired kind of cell. Many experiments have proven stem cells exactly have the above potentials.
Stem cells are initial cells with self-reproduction and multiple differentiation capacity. Due to stem cells have auto-homing function, when they enter into the body through blood circulation, they can directly transfer into the pancreas and other damaged parts to repair the damaged functional cells and improve the insulin resistance. As long as the damaged pancreas cells can be repaired and the insulin resistance can be blocked, there will be more insulin secretion and the insulin can be used more properly, then the blood sugar level can get controlled and gradually return to normal level. At the same time, the patients’ overall condition can be improved, the insulin injection can be gradually reduced and some patients even can get rid of insulin injection and live a normal life. Have you any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to [email protected]