How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Manage Diabetes

Regenerative medicines aim at restoring normal body functions to manage a health condition including diabetes.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Nov 16, 2022 17:08 IST
How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Manage Diabetes

Diabetes can be considered a modern epidemic, with increasing annual cases across the globe. This can be largely attributed to our lifestyle and dietary habits, which are disrupting the natural internal balance of the body.  Since diabetes is a long-term condition, affected people have to take medicines and/or insulin throughout their life. They can also experience complications with the time that significantly affects their quality of life. Thus, the need of the hour is treatments that can target the pathology of diabetes and help in better control of blood glucose levels while preventing (or at least delaying) complications.

According to Dr. Pradeep Mahajan, Regenerative Medicine Researcher, StemRx Bioscience Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Navi Mumbai, Type-1 diabetes occurs because the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system during the early days of childhood. Type 2 diabetes develops after 40 due to insulin resistance. Different harmful factors in the body tend to interfere with the function of the pancreas in order to maintain blood glucose levels. Patients, therefore, are advised oral hypoglycaemic/anti-diabetic medicines or insulin. There are few other forms of diabetes; however, the above two are the most common.

Regenerative Medicine Can Help Manage Diabetes

The stem cells, growth factors, and other biological molecules in our body combat a variety of diseases. By targeting signs and symptoms, we can only achieve temporary control. We must aim to understand the pathology of the condition and consider enhancing our body’s natural healing mechanisms to fight diseases. The concept might sound challenging and difficult to accomplish; however, regenerative medicine research has proved that the various biological molecules in our body can be obtained by simple, minimally invasive procedures and transplanted back into the area where they are needed.

It is like providing the molecules in the required concentration at the required location. These molecules can regenerate and repair damaged cells and tissues, enhance organ function and the functions of other cells, reduce inflammation/swelling, regulate the immune system, etc. thereby providing holistic outcomes.

Regenerative Medicine for Diabetes

Stem Cell Therapy For Diabetes Management

Cell-based therapy allows long-term, effective control of blood sugar levels by helping the pancreas heal. The problem with type 1 diabetes is the wrong immune response of the body to its own cells. Stem cells also gradually detoxify the body, along with reducing swelling/inflammation, which has accumulated through years of unhealthy lifestyle habits. Thus, the pancreas has a healthier environment to function. Of course, lifestyle modifications will also be required to ensure that the patients stay free of diabetes; however, the results of treatment are maintained for longer periods, thereby enhancing the quality of life of patients.

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