10 Sep Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
People suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes are being given more hope due to advancements in regenerative medicine. Amniotic stem cell therapy research is making great strides because it has been shown that stem cells can have an impact on the liver, reducing or eliminating the need for insulin.
Currently, there are some facilities providing stem cell therapy to diabetics that don’t respond to typical drug treatments, but most are using adipose stem cells that are extracted from the patient. It is ideal for a diabetic to reduce the reliance on insulin and/or Metformin. Recent research shows that amniotic stem cell therapy may be a much better solution because the stem cells are more concentrated per injection.
How Is Stem Cell Therapy Used to Treat Diabetes?
The use of amniotic stem cells is ethical because they aren’t extracted until after a woman has given birth via C-section. She gives permission to donate amniotic tissues for stem cell research and treatments. The stem cells can then be extracted, converted into an injectable form, and then injected near an affected area. Once the stem cells locate the dysfunction in the liver, they have the ability to take the form of the damaged cells so they can repair the damage. In other words, the new cells replace the diseased ones, which is something the body struggles to do as it ages. Many people develop type 2 diabetes later in life due to the body’s reduced ability to repair itself.
What Is the Procedure Like?
When it comes to administering amniotic stem cells, it’s very simple. Many times, the infusion can occur in a clinic setting via IV. This is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of four to five hours. The most adverse effect that has ever been reported is a small nodule at the injection site that goes away over time. There may also be slight irritation around the injection site, which is normal for many people.
The results aren’t immediate. Many diabetic patients see results in approximately three months. However, it can take up to nine months to start noticing a difference. How long it takes depends on the severity of the case.
Furthermore, amniotic stem cell therapy is a much less invasive procedure than adipose-derived stem cell therapy. When a person engages in adipose stem cell therapy, liposuction is usually required to extract a person’s own stem cells. The stem cells then have to be separated from body fat before being prepared for reintroduction into the body.
Are You a Candidate?
To determine if you’re a candidate for stem cell treatment for diabetes or even an amniotic stem cell trial for diabetes, you will need to provide a full medical history. The medical team of the clinic or study that you are working with will review your medical history to determine if you are a candidate. Not everyone is permitted to participate in stem cell therapy because of certain health conditions or the severity of their diabetes.