All kinds of exciting progress can be seen throughout the field of Regenerative Medicine. For many years society has been fascinated by the ability to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. This can all be accomplished through the study and application of stem cells. The topic of stem cells has become particularly popular since the 1990’s. Scientists are currently exploring the countless applications of Stem Cell Therapy. Applications from growing skin grafts for patients with severe burns, to regrowth of heart cells, and treatments for Diabetes. There are many ongoing and completed clinical trials as scientist attempt to push the boundaries of our limited knowledge on this topic.
Stem cells have shown success in the treatment of Diabetes type two. Diabetes is disease characterized by high sugar levels in your blood associated with the deficiency of insulin. Insulin is responsible for placing sugar located in your blood into your body’s cells. The lack of this hormone or its function accounts for the high blood sugar levels found in patients with Diabetes type two. When these conditions persist over long periods of time, it can lead to blindness, increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, strokes, or kidney failure.
The Swiss Medical Clinic has found that the application of adipose-derived stem cells of patients has decreased the need for insulin by 80% or more. By applying stem cells, they have successfully produced more new blood vessels, vascular growth factors, and increased essential secretions of the immune system. By using the patient’s own stem cells, they have been able to improve the health and function of the pancreas – the organ that secretes insulin. These positive outcomes have lasted six months after treatments.
This and many other ongoing clinical trials are proving more and more successful. These new discoveries make it an exciting time for all involved in Stem Cell Therapy. Researchers continue to find new applications to better the health of patients all over the world.
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