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Can Stem Cell Therapy Improve the Aging Process?

Posted by Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES on 5 February 2018
Can Stem Cell Therapy Improve the Aging Process?

Growing old can hit you like a ton of bricks. One second you're young, vital, and resilient, then suddenly you slip and shatter your hip. Grappling with one's own mortality is truly terrifying.

But a stem cell treatment meant to combat age-related frailty has shown marked success after two promising clinical trials involving elderly humans. The results illustrate a safe treatment that's effective in tackling aging factors.

The Power of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

At the heart of the potentially ground-breaking stem cell treatment are mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

MSCs can make several types of skeletal tissue cells, such as cartilage, bone, and fat. These 'adult' stem cells are multipotent, so they can produce more than one kind of specialized cell in the body.

Positive Results, Positive Health for the Elderly

Both phases of the clinical trials derived human mesenchymal stem cells from adult donor bone marrow, involving a single infusion in patients with an average age of 76.

The breakdown of phases one and two:

Phase One:

  • 15 frail patients received a single MSC infusion
  • Bone marrow donors were aged between 20 and 45 years old
  • All patients demonstrated improved fitness, and quality of life after six months

Phase Two:

  • A randomized, double blind study with placebo group
  • No adverse side affects
  • Reported physical improvements were said to be "remarkable" by researchers

A Few Roadblocks

The MSC-based stem cell treatment is the first of its kind to near the final FDA approval stage.

Given the success of phases one and two, the research will continue one phase 2bwhere a clinical trial will involve 120 test subjects across 10 locations.

Provided 2b displays similar success to the previous trials, a final phase three clinical trial with a larger, randomized group of human subjects will occur before potential, final public approval.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Could immortality be in our future?

That's unlikely. But if these treatments are approved, it could lead to higher life expectancies and a better quality of life as the human body ages gracefully.


While we aren't involved in the battle of stem cells vs. age related frailty, RegenerVate's therapies can also help with the aging process. Our non-invasive PRP and stem cell injection therapies are ideal for treating osteoarthritis, a condition synonymous with aging.

Unlike surgery, our various regenerative stem cell therapies use your own cells to expedite the body's natural healing process. With RegenerVate, you won't need to worry about the incisions, pain killers, and lengthy recovery processes associated with going under the knife.

Contact us on how we can help you naturally alleviate your aches & pains!
 

Author: Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES
About: Dr. Stoddard is a sport medicine and injection physician in Toronto and is the Medical Director of RegenerVate. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sport Medicine. His injection training, including ultrasound, PRP and Prolotherapy, was primarily done in the USA. He is a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), is married and a proud father of two boys. He is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.
Tags: Stem Cell Research

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