Does the age of the stem cells matter when it comes to treatment? No, according to new research. This discovery is a significant step in stem cell research for two reasons: It shows that adult stem cells are as potent as embryonic stem cells, and it shows that no matter your age, you can still benefit from the regenerative and healing power of your own stem cells.
The study, performed by researchers at the Charite Teaching Hospital in Berlin, shows that adult stem cells were as efficient at healing as embryonic stem cells, which are often considered controversial and have a limited supply.
This revelation showed that no matter their age, patients can still be treated with their own stem cells. It may also mean there is healing potential for many age-related conditions, including:
Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, affects more than 31 million Americans and is caused by the wearing down of cartilage in the joints. Osteoarthritis is very painful and makes being active difficult for many older adults.
Adult-onset diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes, also known as type 2 diabetes, is an acquired form of the condition that causes an inability to process glucose or sugar. People with diabetes are at risk of developing other serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Stem cell therapy can benefit individuals living with complications of diabetes, such as painful peripheral neuropathy.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia. More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed each year with Alzheimer's disease, a condition that causes memory loss, difficulty speaking, confusion and mood swings. The average life expectancy after diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is eight years.
Heart disease. Heart disease strikes individuals at any age but is typical among older adults. Heart disease can lead to the occurrence of heart attack or stroke, two conditions that may be fatal.
Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that causes the buildup of fluid in the front of the eye and damage to the optic nerve. The results of this damage could mean partial or full vision loss in the affected eye. Glaucoma most frequently affects adults over the age of 40. Stem cell therapy can help reduce or slow down vision loss, after the pressure in the eye is under control.
Learn more about the use of fat stem cells to treat age-related conditions by calling Innovations Stem Cell at 214-256-1462.