Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetic Ulcers

Stem cell therapy for diabetic ulcer therapy is used to treat patients with severe diabetic ulcerations. Ulcers are lesions in the uppermost layer of the skin, commonly on the thighs, knees and the stomach. Ulcers can occur in people with diabetes and in some non-diabetic people too. Diabetic ulcers can be caused by the failure to control blood glucose levels after a meal or due to other factors. Ulceration of the skin in people with diabetes is also associated with immunological abnormalities. QC Kinetix (Round Rock)

Stem cell therapy for diabetic ulceration therapy has proved successful in many experimental investigations. In one of these, investigators grew new blood vessels in the vicinity of the ulcer using the patient’s own stem cells instead of using injectable grafts. These cells showed no allergic reaction and growth, and increased blood flow to the lesion, as well as improved cellular function. In another experiment, researchers have grown new blood vessels in the vicinity of the ulcer using clonidine, which is an amino acid. The medication did not cause any allergic reaction, increased blood flow to the lesion and cell proliferation.

Recently, there have been clinical trials for the treatment of type 1 diabetes in the UK and USA. In these trials, stem cells could be injected into the kidneys to help treat the disease. The cells could be personalized with a patient’s specific genetic information to make them specific to a certain blood type. The doctors were able to treat patients with type 1 diabetes with the help of their own stem cells. This is a huge step forward in the field of medical research involving stem cell therapy.