For people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, stem cell therapy can offer a respite from the symptoms of the disease. Although stem cell therapy cannot cure it, receiving stem cell therapy for diabetes Type 2 has the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life significantly by reducing symptoms and complications related to Type 2 diabetes, as well as slowing its progression.
For patients receiving stem cell diabetes treatment, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease-related complications such as stabilization of blood sugar levels, lower blood sugar levels, frequent urination, fatigue, poor wound healing, etc.
Symptoms/Complications of Type 2 Diabetes
Increased thirst and hunger
Lower limb amputations
What causes Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Exactly why this happens is unknown, although genetics and environmental factors, such as excess weight and inactivity, seem to be contributing factors.
What type of stem cells are used and why?
At Revival Clinic we use mesenchymal stem cells. The cells derived from cord tissue, more specifically Wharton’s Jelly, are the youngest and most primitive MSCs available. With the majority of umbilical cords simply discarded after childbirth, this source is both non-harmful and readily available.
The young nature of these cells allows enormous potential for them to transform into whatever type of cell is necessary within the body. Youthful cells also tend to replicate at a faster rate, and MSCs have the ability not only to differentiate into other cell types but multiply to increase their healing effect on the body.
Researchers have also found that a stem cell’s potency is tied to its age, therefore making cord tissue MSCs some of the most capable cells around.
In contrast, treatments that utilize MSCs from a patient’s fat (adipose) sample have shown weak or unreliable responses. In general, a stem cell is only as good as its source, and if the cells come from an older individual, no amount of expansion will increase their potency.
Stem cell numbers and effectiveness begin to decrease as we age exponentially. For example, stem cells from a person in their twenties are not nearly as high quality as the brand new cells sourced from cord tissue. Although treatment is available with any source for MSCs, patients risk little to no results from using lower quality stem cells.
What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?
It is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease related symptoms and complications. For Type II Diabetes patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease related complications such as: stabilization of blood sugar levels, lower blood sugar levels, frequent urination, fatigue, poor wound healing, etc…
How long will it take to see improvements?
It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.