Stem cells and diabetes
Diabetes is an insidious disease that affects a lot of people around the world. The disease may go unnoticed for years, with only changes in urination and thirst being present. Over time however, if left undiagnosed and untreated, it will severely decrease the quality of living or may even cause death.
Diabetes can also lead to a multitude of complications, that may include heart, blood vessels, liver, nervous system, etc. The primary symptom of diabetes is either increased or decreased blood sugar levels.
While management of diabetes is obviously necessary, drugs used to manage it often have adverse reactions involving the heart.
Stem cell therapy, however, does not have that drawback. It addresses the primary cause of the disease instead of treating its manifestations by repairing the pancreas, thus improving the blood sugar level.
Treatment of diabetes with stem cells
Diabetes can be effectively addressed with multiple rounds of stem cell injections (consisting of 3 injections per round) at certain intervals.
If diabetic foot is present, then an additional injection may also be added to the treatment plan (usually directly into the affected tissue). Cell injection protocols are similar to standard IV drug injection protocols.
Protocol for treatment of diabetes with stem cells
Step one – a certain amount of patient’s adipose tissue is extracted. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes, performed under local anaesthesia. To ensure prevention of any complications, a patient will remain in the clinic under doctor’s supervision.
Step two – a medical examination of a patient, after which they are discharged. Then, the necessary amount of stem cells is cultivated within 3 to 4 weeks.
Patient is then invited back to the clinic for step three, where they receive an IV injection of autologous stem cells, which were cultivated from the previously collected adipose tissue. The procedure takes somewhere around 10 to 15 minutes. Patient is then discharged again, to return for two weeks for another dose of stem cells.
Every 2 weeks the procedure is repeated twice. These are steps four and five.
Step 6 – If diabetes is severe, then an additional injection may be advised.
Step seven – cultivated cells are then sent to crystorage. Liquid nitrogen can preserve cells for up to 20 years until needed. Cryopreserved cells may be revived and cultivated to necessary amount within two weeks.
Patients are also offered an option to cryogenically store a therapeutic dose, ready for immediate use. Price for said storage will be the same.
Cell manipulations in our laboratory
Most of the work is done in our laboratory. Our lab is fully equipped and compliant with modern lab standards, which allows us to efficiently test and cultivate cells extracted from our patients.
Contraindications to administration of stem cells
Stem cells are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. This means, injection of stem cells is contraindicated for people currently experiencing infection.