Diabetes Hope – Successful Pilot Study of Immature Adult Stem Cells

March 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A recent study published in the Journal of Cell Transplantation, offers new hope to the 24 million people in the US who suffer from type 2 diabetes and its harmful affects. The University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute, is conducting its first phase of human clinical trials, using immature adult stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow. After treatment, symptoms significantly lessened, with increased insulin production, lower blood-sugar levels and a reduced need for those dreaded insulin injections.

University researchers conducted the successful pilot study with 25 sufferers of type 2 diabetes. Once they removed the stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow, it was purified and concentrated, and then injected into arteries near the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for producing the insulin our bodies need.

The next phase of the novel treatment is right out of science fiction. The patients were enclosed in hyperbaric oxygen capsules for 10 hours, blasting their bodies with pure oxygen, at more than twice the amount of normal levels. The hyperbaric chambers are similar to ones used to treat divers with the “bends.”

Researchers found that the high levels of pure oxygen drew additional stem cells from the bone marrow, which joined up with the new cells injected near the pancreas, renewing the pancreas’ ability to make insulin on its own. Research director, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, believes this groundbreaking new treatment could eventually lead to wiping out type 2 diabetes. At the very least, it can ease the painful symptoms and the serious complications of type 2 diabetes.

The University of Miami is expanding its study to the countries of Argentina, Sweden and research centers in Asia. Over the next four years of further clinical trials, researchers are hopeful of obtaining FDA approval to offer the experimental treatment to more patients.

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6 Responses to “Diabetes Hope – Successful Pilot Study of Immature Adult Stem Cells”

  1. Roger Baird on March 28th, 2009 10:35 am

    “and a reduced need for those dreaded insulin injections”

    While I welcome all forms of diabetes research, realistically this type of treatment is years away from being adopted. I have had type 2 diabetes for twenty years and I control my blood sugar with insulin. Insulin shots are largely painless and insulin is the most powerful tool we have in controlling diabetes. Unfortunately, people like you perpetuate the myth the that insulin injections are a bad thing.

    What is bad about being able to control your diabetes to a point where your blood tests and indistinguishable from someone who does not have diabetes. What is wrong with limiting the possibilities of developing complications from diabetes. Not turning to insulin earlier in their treatment because of fear, deprives many people the opportunity to avoid complications. Trust me, I’d rather take four injections per day then be hooked up to a dialysis machine 3 days a week, or being blind, or have limbs amputated.

    You need an attitude adjustment in stories like this one. Forget mentioning insulin, talk about reducing complications from diabetes with this treatment.

  2. phyl franklin on March 28th, 2009 11:25 am

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  3. bird5 on March 28th, 2009 12:29 pm

    There is a group of physicians, patients and other interested people working together to get treatment with adult stem cells legalized in the U.S. as it should be. Please ask your family and friends to sign up (“JOIN”), and get as many doctors to sign up as well. See The American Stem Cell Therapy Association site at

    http://www.stemcelldocs.org

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  5. Jerry M Bell on April 4th, 2009 12:30 pm

    Well it needs tested an because we are so expensive and times are hard i think we se a miracle jerry

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