16 Jun Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Parkinson’s Patients
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system. It is typically onset later in life and greatly diminishes a patient’s quality of life. Parkinson’s is most often characterized by tremors and shaking although, no two patient’s symptoms are the same. There are over 10 million people around the world who are currently living with Parkinson’s. While there is no cure, advances in medicine have shown adipose-derived stem cells to be particularly effective in helping those with the disease.
Parkinson’s occurs when the neurons in the brain that are responsible for movement begin to degenerate. As these neurons continue to weaken and die, the patient loses more and more control over his other body. In addition, the lack of healthy neurons leads to a shortage of dopamine in the brain. The brain requires a certain amount of dopamine to regulate movement. Unfortunately, it is not known the exact cause of Parkinson’s. Some studies show it is genetic. However, no two Parkinson’s cases are identical which can make treating the condition very difficult.
Parkinson’s can be a difficult condition to diagnose because its symptoms mimic many other conditions. These symptoms include shaking, rigid muscles, difficulty walking, unsteady balance, bad posture, and slowing of normal body movements. Many Parkinson’s treatments are aimed at treating the symptoms rather than the underlying cause of disease. These treatments act as Band-Aids which are only good for so long. While no cure currently exists, adipose-derived stem cells have shown a lot of promise in helping Parkinson’s patients address the underlying cause of the disease.
Once Parkinson’s has been accurately diagnosed, real treatment can begin. Many aspects of Parkinson’s treatment are centered around medications that raise dopamine levels in the brain, mimic the effects of dopamine, or focus on trying to keep the muscles working normally. However, these treatments still result in Parkinson’s progression; they simply slow down the rate of progression. This is where adipose-derived stem cells shine. They do not simply put a Band-Aid over the problem, but they target the underlying cause, which is weakened and dying neurons. Adipose-derived stem cells have uniquely high stem cell content and come with fewer risks because they are taken from the patient’s own body. When these stem cells are injected into a patient suffering from Parkinson’s the stem cells target damaged neurons and help to repair and regenerate the cells.
Parkinson’s disease can be a very difficult diagnosis because there is currently no cure. Many patients with the diagnosis feel hopeless knowing that medication can only slow down the advancement of the disease. Thankfully, adipose-derived stem cells give Parkinson’s patients hope for a brighter future. These stem cells are able to target damaged neurons and help the body to repair and regenerate the damaged cells. This allows for more dopamine to be present in the brain, thus stopping the advancement or even reversing the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Adipose-derived stem cells are revolutionary and there will be a lot better to come from them.