Anti-Aging –Stem Cell Therapy

What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the process of replacing unhealthy cells with healthy ones, which in turns allows for proper cell functioning in the human body.  The science of stem cell therapy continues to evolve and the techniques refined, but the benefits and applications are wide-ranging.

As researchers continue to identify the potential uses for stem cell therapy, there are a number of stem cell therapies that are currently being used to treat a wide range of diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and eye/retinal diseases.  Considering that the onset of many of these conditions comes with age, the treatments hold promise for those suffering from these diseases and may assist them in living longer, healthier lives.

Cancer
Bone marrow transplants have been used for many years to treat leukemia and other cancers.  By allowing the marrow to receive health, fresh cells, the cells then multiply and replenish marrow that has been destroyed by cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

Heart Disease
Replacing damaged heart cells and tissue with healthy cells is the goal of stem cell therapy when used to treat heart disease.  Research in this area has shown very promising results, including the possibility of guiding the differentiation of specific stem cells into heart muscle cells.

Diabetes
Again, the findings in research conducted in the area of treating type I diabetes with stem cell therapy have been positive.  By replacing pancreatic cells that would normally produce insulin, but have been destroyed by the patient’s own immune system, the healthy stem cells generate specialized cells capable of producing insulin.

Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is a disorder in which the cells that normally produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter, are destroyed, resulting in a variety of symptoms, including tremors, slowed motion, rigid muscles, impaired posture/balance, loss of automatic movements e.g. blinking or smiling, and speech changes (e.g. slurring, monotone).  Transplanted stem cells have shown the ability to function and release dopamine, in turn alleviating these symptoms.

Eye/Retinal Diseases
By directing the growth of photoreceptor cells from stem cells, scientists have been able to effectively introduce the photoreceptor cells into the retina.  Since photoreceptor cells are required for vision, this stem cell therapy has shown promise for treatment of degenerative retinal diseases, possibly restoring and/or saving vision.

As scientists learn more about the process of how a healthy cell becomes diseased, the potential uses for stem cell therapy continues to grow.  Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to significantly reduce the impacts of many diseases currently suffered by millions. For more information please click here.