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Diabetes is an automimmune condition which causes a person's blood sugar levels to fluctuate irregularly. This happens because the body is unable to properly process food for the use of energy in the way that is required. As a result, those affected by diabetes spend their lives managing symptoms and carefully calculating consumption around the clock - often developing complex and stressful relationships with food.
While diabetes was once a lifelong diagnosis, in recent years advanced stem cell research has offered hope to those suffering with the condition, and may possess the answers necessary to eventually precede cure. At present, it is being used as treatment for type 2 diabetics with much documented success.
What once was thought to be but a pipedream, is now recognised by diabetes organisations all over the world as a very promising development in diabetic control. With over 30 years worth of conducted research - and still counting - each day we are edging closer to triumph in the arena of complete diabetes relief.
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With diabetes affecting nearly 400 million people worldwide, stem cell therapy is already leading us right to the cusp of a truly lifechanging medical breakthrough. It is currently being used a means of treating Type 2 diabetes, both improving the sufferer's quality of life and drastically slowing down the condition's progression.
Repeated studies have shown it to be successful with regards to many symptoms, including stablisation of blood-sugar levels, improvement of patient fatigue, and the acceleration of wound healing, amongst others. Overall, many documented cases have demonstrated how treatment has helped many maintain good glycemic control, and enabled others to acheive full insulin independence.
In a healthy blood vessel, when a person consumes carbohydrates, these particles pass into the bloodstream as glucose. To maintain stable sugar levels, the beta cells in our pancreas then release insulin. It is our pancreas which keeps an eye on the rise and fall of our glucose, and secretes insulin accordingly. For non-diabetics, this is an internally-regulated, natural process.
Type 1 diabetes is a result of the pancreas producing an insuffient amount of insulin, leaving an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. Stem cell researchers have already seen success generating insulin-producing cells from stem cell transplantation, therefore what the future holds for the treatment of type 1 diabetes is extrememly exciting, and moving at pace.
Type 2 diabetes, however, is a result of the body becoming resistant to the secreted insulin. This then means that the body finds itself unable to extract excess glucose from the bloodstream and blood-sugar levels begin to increase. As the insulin-secreting beta cells are unable to function due to damage, stem cell treatment has shown to be successful as means of cell reparation.
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It's only natural to have questions if you are considering pursuing a treatment for the first time, and at Harley Street Skin, it's important to us that you feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your journey. To help you find the answers you need, here are a few of the more common quibbles that we find our clients frequently ask...
At its most basic, it is a cell replacement therapy. Stem cells are highly intuitive and have the ability to grow/develop into various forms of cell and function accordingly. The base objective in diabetic care is to use adult or embryonic tissue to generate new pancreatic b-cells which replace those that have failed, been damaged or destroyed.
These stem cells are first harvested (from either fat, bone marrow or umbilical lining) of a donor, propagated in a laboratory, and finally reinjected into the patient.
From a scientific standpoint, treatment using MSCs (multipotent mesenchymal stem cells) has been seen to reduce hyperglycemia in type 2 sufferers by significantly stimulating beta-cell regeneration. This is acheived by increased vascularization of the pancreatic islets, as well as the general improvement of the endocrine system.
Whilst, at present, you could not claim that stem cell treatment offers a comprehensive cure, there certainly has been lots of reported success in symptom alleviation.
Stem Cells are harvested from a nominated donor, and can be found in either adipose cells (fat), bone marrow, or umbilical lining (as is the case with embryonic stem cells.
Whilst some people feel more comfortable making use of their own adult stem cells for treatment, others may pursue embryonic stem cells for their significantly-higher concentration. They are harvested very soon after birth in a GMP-regulated laboratory, and are always thoroughly screened for infection, genetic abnormality and disease in the lab prior to use.
Patients needn't worry about experiencing any pain whilst donating or receving stem cells for treatment, as local anaesthetic is always used to ensure the patient is most comfortable throughout.
At present, stem cells are being trialled to circumvent the need for human intervention when it comes to insulin requirements. A small study which was then convered by The Daily Telegraph duped stem cell transplants as a surefire 'cure' for type 1 diabetes, with many participants not needing their usual daily injections for up 2 and a half years after the trial.
Whilst it is still too early to comment on what this might mean for type 1 sufferers longterm, recent studies have already seen significant boosts in beta-cell function when using stem cells, with patients also requiring decreased insulin dosage, and seeing accelerated wound healing from diabetic foot ulcers.
There has even been some evidence to suggest that, in the case of early diagnosis, it may even be able to help bolster and almost 'reset' the body's immune system so that it stops attacking the pancreas, and fend off the onset of symptoms.
For now, however, stem cell treatment is predominantly focused on the variety of diabetes that it can aid: Type 2.
Stem cell treatment has had much reported success when it comes to type 2 diabetes, and treatment itself will help alleviate many side effects of the condition.
In addition to unstable blood sugar levels, those who are continually impacted by a lack of energy, increased thirst, fatigue, unexplained weight fluctuation, blurred vision, frequent urination, slow healing, unpredictable appetite and even repeated infections will, in particular, find treatment to be lifechanging.
Most importantly, however, Stem cell treatment serves as a very effective means of fighting back against further degredation. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, which may eventually cause complete b-cell function shutdown. This means that the cells may no longer produce enough additional insulin to overcome the insulin resistance. Through the use of regenerative stem cell treatment, we are able to help support and rebuild the necessary functions to prevent diabetes from reaching the point of no return.
You may experience some slight tenderness and/or bruising following stem cell treatment, although symptoms should settle within just a few days of treatment.
Whilst there is no formal 'recovery period', we do recommend that patients do not travel by airplane for a minimum of 5 days.
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We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.
With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.
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