Diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body does not properly process food for conversion to energy. When we consume food, the body typically converts it to glucose (or sugar), which our bodies use as energy. The pancreas produces the hormone, insulin, to help transfer glucose into the cells of our bodies. For those living with diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or is unable to use insulin as effectively as it should, which results in sugar building up in the blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, liver disease, stroke, and lower extremity amputations and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Recent developments in stem cell research have shown that stem cell therapy may improve complications in patients with Type 1 and Type II Diabetes and may help patients who do not respond to traditional drug treatments.
Stem cells harvested from the patient have the potential to replace cells in the body, including insulin producing cells. These undifferentiated cells have the ability to heal the body by both replacing disease plagued cells and regenerating new cells.
Stem cell therapy is especially desired for converting mature cells such as liver or pancreatic cells, into insulin producing cells. Diabetic patients undergoing stem cell therapy treatments have seen improvement in the following symptoms: better glycemic control, significant decreases in insulin injections, and higher energy levels.
After the stem cells are extracted and prepared for injection, they are injected intravenously via an IV infusion.
To learn more about stem cell therapy for Diabetes, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos, please contact the Regenerative Cell Institutes of Las Vegas, Nevada, or Mason City, Iowa.