Your cells might be smarter than you
Have you ever heard the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” How about, “you can’t teach wayward immune cells how to function properly?” They may sound catchy, but there is not much truth to either of them. A new study is finding that much like an old dog; faulty immune system cells can be “retaught” how to behave. The problem with diabetes is that it affects the immune system, causing the immune cells to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. So a treatment that teaches these cells to get along could be huge for the diabetes community.
Let’s talk about Stem Cell Educator Therapy
A treatment targeting wayward immune cells in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may help even years later, a new study finds.
How do they do it? What was once considered mad science is now today’s modern science. A recent study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine discovered this “Stem Cell Educator Therapy” by separating immune system cells (lymphocytes) from the blood of a person with diabetes, then briefly exposing those cells to stem cells from umbilical cord blood from an unrelated infant. When exposed to the stem cells, the faulty lymphocytes seem to re-learn how they should behave.
The current study was done in China and looked at the levels of C-peptide in nine people diagnosed with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) over the span of four years. C-peptide levels were studied because C-peptide shows how much insulin is being made by the pancreas. What the study found was that the participants who received just one treatment all had improved measures of C-peptide; all but one hitting normal C-peptide levels over the four years after treatment.
They also looked for any adverse reactions and found the Stem Cell Educator Therapy to be quite safe. Dr. Yong Zhao, an associate scientist at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said, “Now we know it’s very safe so patients can receive two or three treatments.”
The Future of Diabetes Treatment
The researchers noted that the effects of diabetes differ in patients of Asian and European descent, so much testing still needs to be done and in different populations.
Every day, science is making huge strides in the fight against diabetes and getting closer to a cure. Did you know that there have been major changes to the way diabetes is being treated? More and more type II diabetes sufferers are venturing away from the outdated traditional treatment model and seeking other options like functional medicine. Functional medicine has been proven to reduce symptoms, as well as the need for costly medications. It uses customized treatment plans with a safer more natural approach way to treat diabetes and other autoimmune disorders at the source of the problem. If you are struggling with the complications due to diabetes right now, there is hope for you.