Can Stem Cell Therapy help patients with Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2?
New treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2. StemGenex Medical Group provides adult stem cell Diabetes therapies to help those with unmet clinical needs achieve optimum health and better quality of life.
Stem cell therapy for Diabetes Type 1 & Diabetes Type 2 may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking to try stem cell therapy before starting drug treatment.
To learn more about becoming a patient and receiving adult stem cell therapy through StemGenex Medical Group, please contact one of our Patient Advocates at (800) 609-7795. Below are some frequently asked questions about stem cell therapy for Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2.
Frequently Asked Questions for Diabetes Stem Cell Therapy
- How can stem cells be used to treat patients with Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2?
StemGenex Medical Group is currently studying adult adipose stem cell therapy as a new alternative treatment to help manage the complications of Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2. The stem cells extracted from a patient may have the potential to replace countless cells of the body, insulin producing cells included. The undifferentiated cells may heal the body by replacing ones plagued with disease by regenerating new cells.
- What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the basic building blocks of human tissue and have the ability to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate tissues in the body. When a disease or injury strikes, stem cells respond to specific signals and set about to facilitate the healing process by differentiating into specialized cells required for the body’s repair.
- What are the different types of stem cells?
There are four known types of stem cells which include:
- Adult Stem Cells
- Embryonic Stem Cells
- Fetal Stem Cells
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)
StemGenex Medical Group provides autologous adult stem cells (from fat tissue) where the stem cells come from the person receiving treatment.
- What type of stem cells does StemGenex Medical Group use for stem cell treatment?
StemGenex Medical Group provides autologous adult adipose-derived stem cells (from fat tissue) where the stem cells come from the person receiving treatment.
- When do we use the body's stem cells?
We tap into our body’s stem cell reserve daily to repair and replace damaged or diseased tissue. When the body’s reserve is limited and as it becomes depleted, the regenerative power of our body decreases and we succumb to disease and injury.
- What are the sources of stem cells from one's own body?
Three sources of stem cells from a patient’s body are used clinically which include adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow and peripheral blood.
- What is an adipose stem cell therapy procedure?
Performed by Board Certified Physicians, dormant stem cells are extracted from the patient’s adipose tissue (fat) through a minimally invasive mini-liposuction procedure with little to no downtime.
During the liposuction procedure, a small area (typically the abdomen) is numbed with an anesthetic and patients receive mild to moderate sedation. Next, the extracted dormant stem cells are isolated from the fat and activated, and then comfortably infused back into the patient intravenously (IV) and via other directly targeted methods of administration. The out-patient procedure takes approximately four to five hours.
- How are the stem cells administered back into Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 patients through StemGenex?
StemGenex Medical Group provides the following administration method for Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 patients to best target the disease related conditions and symptoms which include:
- Intravenously (IV) – directed into the vein
- How long will it take to see results?
Since each condition and patient are unique, there is no guarantee of what results will be achieved or how quickly they may be observed. According to patient feedback, many patients report results in one to three months, however, it may take as long as six to nine months. Individuals interested in stem cell therapy are urged to consult with their physician before choosing investigational autologous adipose-derived stem cell therapy as a treatment option.
- Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy at StemGenex Medical Group?
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for adult stem cell treatment, you will need to complete a medical history form which will be provided by your StemGenex Medical Group Patient Advocate. Once you complete and submit your medical history form, our medical team will review your records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for adult stem cell therapy.
- How long does it take to schedule an appointment?
StemGenex Medical Group team members are here to help assist and guide you through the patient process.
- In order to determine if you are a good candidate for adult stem cell treatment, you will need to complete a medical history form which will be provided by your StemGenex Medical Group Patient Advocate.
- Once you complete and submit your medical history form, our medical team will review your records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for adult stem cell therapy.
- Once approved, your Patient Advocate will assist you with scheduling your appointment for stem cell treatment.
- The process of scheduling an appointment typically takes one to three weeks from the time of the initial contact to the date of your first appointment.
- Do I have to live in California to receive stem cell therapy through StemGenex Medical Group?
Patients travel to StemGenex Medical Group located in Del Mar, California located in San Diego County for stem cell treatment from all over the United States, Canada and around the globe. Treatment will consist of one visit lasting a total of three days. The therapy is minimally invasive and there is little to no down time. Majority of patients fly home the day after treatment.
- What diseases and conditions can be treated with stem cells?
We provide stem cell therapy for a wide variety of diseases and conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Some conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
- Are there any known side-effects to the procedure?
The side effects of the mini-liposuction procedure are minimal and may include but are not limited to: minor swelling, bruising and redness at the procedure site, minor fever, headache, or nausea. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours and are experienced mostly by people with sensitivity to mild anesthesia. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.
The side effects of adipose-derived stem cell therapy are minimal and may include but are not limited to: infection, minor bleeding at the treatment sites and localized pain. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.
- Are there any moral or religious issues with regards to adipose stem cell transplant?
StemGenex Medical Group provides adult stem cell treatment with mesenchymal stem cells which come from the person receiving treatment. Embryonic stem cells are typically associated with ethical and political controversies.
- Is adult adipose stem cell therapy FDA approved?
The FDA is currently in the process of defining a regulatory path for cellular therapies. A Scientific Workshop and Public Hearing – Draft Guidances Relating to the Regulation of Human Cells, Tissues or Cellular or Tissue-Based Products was held in September 2016 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Currently, stem cell treatment is not FDA approved.
In March 2016, bipartisan legislation, the REGROW Act was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives to develop and advance stem cell therapies.
- Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?
Stem cell treatment is not covered by health insurance at this time. The cost for standard preoperative labs are included. Additional specific labs may be requested at the patient’s expense.
- What is Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2?
Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) to energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our body and when food is digested it is changed into fats, protein, or carbohydrates. Foods that affect blood sugars are called carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, when digested, change to glucose. Examples of some carbohydrates are: bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit, and milk products. Glucose is then transferred to the blood and is used by the cells for energy. In order for glucose to be transferred from the blood into the cells, the hormone insulin is needed. Insulin is produced by the beta cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin).
In individuals with Diabetes, this process is impaired. Type 1 Diabetes develops when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient quantities of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes develops when the insulin produced is defective and cannot move glucose into the cells. Either insulin is not produced in sufficient quantities or the insulin produced is defective and cannot move the glucose into the cells.
- How is Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 is made by a simple blood test measuring your blood glucose level. Usually these tests are repeated on a subsequent day to confirm the diagnosis.
Both forms and all stages of Diabetes are serious and have possible complications which include damage to the eye(s), heart, kidney(s), and nerve damage.
- What are the different types of Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body's immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. People with Type 1 Diabetes cannot produce insulin and require lifelong insulin injections for survival. The disease can occur at any age, although it mostly occurs in children and young adults. Type 1 Diabetes is sometimes referred to as 'Juvenile Onset Diabetes' or 'Insulin Dependent Diabetes'.
Type 2 Diabetes is associated with hereditary factors and lifestyle risk factors which typically include poor diet, insufficient physical activity and being overweight or obese. People with Type 2 Diabetes may be able to manage their condition through lifestyle changes. Diabetes medications or insulin injections may also be required to control blood sugar levels. Type 2 Diabetes occurs mostly in people over the age of 40. Though, Diabetes Type 2 is also becoming increasingly prevalent in younger age groups.
- What are common symptoms of people suffering from Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2?
Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination including bedwetting
- Excessive hunger
- Unexplained weakness and fatigue
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Vaginal discharge or itch in young girls
- Nausea and vomiting.
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Urinating more frequently
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Numbness and tingling in the feet or legs
- Recurrent infections