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Are stem cells the next-wave for diabetes treatments?

250 million persons worldwide are affected by the disease

According to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes currently affects 7% of the world's population, nearly 250 million individuals worldwide. Diabetes is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the US. This disease lead to several complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Diabetes can be managed but not cured. Stem cell therapy provides an alternative treatment to conventional drug treatments.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). This is highly important for your health because it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and tissue, as well as being your brains main source of fuel. Any type of this disease means that you have too much glucose in your blood, which can lead to serious health problems. Chronic diabetes includes two types I and II.

Symptoms

Most of the time symptoms can go unnoticed for type II diabetes, but some of the symptoms to watch out for are fatigue, weight loss/gain, increased hunger and cravings for foods, decreased resistance to infections and more frequent urination. The symptoms for type 1 diabetes are very like type II symptoms you can also add blurred vision, irritability and other mood changes as well as increased thirst. It is important to mention that it is important to do a simple blood test to check your A1c and insulin levels so that you may receive a proper diagnosis.

Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Doctor Gonzalo Jimenez a stem cell research scientist with extensive experience conducting clinical research trials for stem cell therapy innovation in regenerative medicine, explains why stem cell therapy for diabetes has become the best alternative and popular option for people who suffer from diabetes. "unlike traditional diabetes treatments, stem cells can help regulate the immune system not only to produce more insulin but also to stop any pathological responses to self-attacking beta cells (insulin producing pancreas cells)".

After many years of insulin injections, taking oral medication, frequent blood sugar checks and carbohydrate counting to name a few traditional diabetes treatments, looks like stem cell therapy has now become a viable option and the next wave for diabetes treatments.

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