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Diabetes Type 1 Stem Cell Treatment

Diabetes is currently one of the most widespread diseases, and its prevalence is rapidly growing around the world. It is a common life-long condition and the number of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is increasing. For many, this means living with daily insulin injections and the possibility of long-term health damage.

What is type one diabetes?

type 1 diabetes causesType 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that results from T cell autoimmunity mediated destruction of the vast majority of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells.

Therefore, the development of new therapies to control T cell autoimmunity and to preserve the remaining β-cell function is of great significance in managing patients with type 1 diabetes.

Those diagnosed with T1DM are relying on exogenous insulin.

Adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells have been shown in many studies as potential cure for T1DM, which could not only address the need for β-cell replacement but also the regulation of the autoimmune response to cells which produce insulin. Mesenchymal stem cells are able to control T cell autoimmunity.

In both forms of diabetes, unless treated, blood sugar will rise uncontrollably, and over time can lead to complications such as cardiovascular, liver and kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy), as well as circulatory problems that may require limb amputation, vision loss, blindness (diabetic retinopathy), and nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy).

How is type one diabetes treated at the moment?

diabetes type 1 curePeople with type 1 diabetes must test their blood sugar levels several times a day and inject insulin when it is needed. Unfortunately, it can still be hard to keep the blood sugar level normal, even with regular injections.

Over time, a high level can cause serious damage to the heart, eyes, blood vessels, kidneys and nerves, whilst injecting too much insulin can lead to a level that’s too low (hypoglycaemia) and it can be fatal.

It is possible to treat type 1 diabetes by transplanting islet cells or even a whole pancreas to the patient from a donor. Transplants can enable the body to regain control of blood sugar levels so that insulin injections are no longer needed. Islet transplantation is not very common, because the whole pancreas transplants involve major surgery and carry significant risk. Also, the number of donors is heavily outweighed by the demand and transplants require the immune system to be suppressed so that the new ‘alien’ organ is not rejected. Immunity suppressing drugs leave the recipient vulnerable to infections and often have side effects.

Diabetes stem cells treatment

One of the biggest problems faced by islet transplantation is the lack of donors. Instead of using donor cells, own stem cells can be used in diabetes therapy, bypassing all the complications, rejections and side effects.

The research showed that stem cells present in the patient’s pancreas are able to make new beta cells. Beta cell progenitors have been found in the pancreas of both rodents and humans; progenitor cells have some stem cell properties and can self-renew (copy themselves) indefinitely. The stem cells from the patient’s own adipose tissue or bone marrow can ‘re-educate’ the immune system so that it no longer attacks the beta cells. The new beta cells are able to sense blood sugar levels and react accordingly.


diabetes type 1 stem cells treatmentClinical trials inserting mesenchymal stem cells into type 1 diabetes patients take advantage of two assets these cells possess. Firstly, they have the regenerative potential to repair beta cells, and secondly they can modulate the immune system by inhibiting the responses that lead to the autoimmune attack on pancreatic beta cells.

Stem cells are a part of a human body naturally, and they have the unique ability to find and repair the place of damage inside the system. For results to fully develop, it usually takes up to four months after the stem cells are injected into human organism during treatment. In the course of that time, a patient notices continuous new improvements. Since these stem cells come from patient’s own body, there is also no risk of rejection or side effects. The whole procedure is very quick, painless, simple and safe, and it is completed within only few hours. This approach promotes beta cell function, thereby reducing or eliminating the requirement for exogenous insulin.

Swiss Medica Clinic has developed the Adult Autologous Stem Cell Therapy program to treat a variety of conditions, one of them being diabetes type 1. During stem cell treatment, a patient receives 200 – 300 million stem cells. This quantity of the restored plain cells not only covers daily losses, but also exceeds them by thousands of times, renewing almost 15 – 20 years worth. This causes symptoms of a disease to improve and the whole body and all of the organs become healthier and rejuvenated, because the new and active cells replace the old and damaged ones.

Advantages of Stem Cell therapy in Swiss Medica clinics:

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  1. Side effects and rejection free (patient's very own stem cells from the abdomen and/or bone marrow are used).
  2. Avoidance of any allergic and immune reactions (patient's own cells suit chromosomal and genetic structure).
  3. Does not require general anesthesia.
  4. No risk of contamination by transmissible diseases.
  5. No oncological complications as adult stem cells in the comparison to embryonic cells are rather mature.
  6. Procedure is very quick and simple. Small quantity of cells are extracted from bone marrow and/or fat tissue. Combination of the two can often show the best results.
  7. The period of time between getting lipoaspirate and injection of the activated stem cells is only a few hours.
  8. Adult stem cells are superior over embryonic stem cells, because they don’t require growth of several moths and come from patient’s own body, which is why there is no risk of side effects after the treatment.

In Swiss Medica Clinic we deliver treatment with proven results associated with the assistance of highly qualified professionals who realize the importance of personalized care, quality and confidence and this leads to top standards of treatment.

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Swiss Medica Clinic is an excellent centre that offers patients the most innovative therapies.

Generally, in our medical centres we use the unique technology of application of autologous photo activated stem cells previously extracted from fat cells using mini liposuction.

The highest standards of treatment and investigative research are upheld at all times.


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