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DIABETES PATIENTS GIVE STEM CELL TREATMENT A SHOT

Date (2016-11-18)

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Stem cell therapy has been used to treat blood disorders like thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia for the past few years in the city, but it is emerging that diabetes patients are undergoing this therapy. The therapy is yet to receive official approval for treatment of diabetes. Stem cells are extracted from bone marrow, sternum and adipose tissue. After extraction, these cells which have the capacity to regenerate and become more specialised cells, are injected back into the patient’s blood. In case of diabetic patients once the cells are extracted from the bone marrow they are filtered and segregated through a machine.

Those with the specific quality to regenerate in the pancreas are separated and injected back into the blood of the patient. The entire process takes 4hours. Dilip Patel (48), a pharmaceutical executive who had been suffering from diabetes for the past 10 years underwent stem cell therapy a month ago. “I took medicines three times aday. Since I underwent the therapy, my blood sugar level has fallen and my dosage has been reduced to two times a day. I am hopeful of this treatment getting me rid of medicines completely,” Patel said. Non-Resident Gujarati Paresh Patel (49) who owns a convenience store in Florida, USA, is in Gujarat currently for a vacation.

“I have been on medication for diabetes for the past 19 years. It has been 5 days since I got the therapy done. I feel more energetic, but its effect on my blood sugar level will be seen in a month. Diabetes eventually tends to adversely affect other organs like the liver and kidney. So instead of spending more on all those treatments later it is better to spend on this one which comes with the added benefit of zero side-effects,” the NRG said.

ICMR CALLS FOR CORROBORATION

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which is still to update its guidelines on the use of stem cells to check its rampant commercial use and tall claims about its effectiveness had announced last month that doctors, companies, government and private hospitals need to submit their ‘letter of claim’ by December 31, presenting evidence of stem cell therapy’s therapeutic benefits. Dr Kamini Patel, a gynaecologist has been conducting stem cell therapy for the past one month in the city. According to Dr Patel, “We have conducted stem cell therapy for diabetes on five males in the 35-45 age group and have already started seeing positive results.


Apart from that we have had five women in the 25-30 age group who have undergone the procedure for removal of red spots, while five women above 45 years have done it for removal of wrinkles. We will be observing the impact over the next six months. Every new kind of treatment starts from a trial phase and it is early to make a judgement about it.” Dr Tiven Marwah, president of the Gujarat branch of the Endocrine Society of India and head of the Endocrinology Department at VS Hospital said, “As per my knowledge there is no proven effect of stem cell therapy on diabetes yet. It is still in a nascent stage and no hard conclusions can be drawn. At this point it can only be done as a trial.”

Source : ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes

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