It was a dark and stormy night when I came to know that my wife had developed heart problems. She had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a very early age due to genetics, as her parents had developed a history of diabetes at a very young age. Despite our cautious measures, we couldn’t avoid the dangerous consequences of this highly devastating and decaying disease. She was a very enthusiastic, bubbly personality and served as the ‘central nervous system’ of the family. However, diabetes has left her continually tired, weak, energy-less, making it a difficult struggle for her to perform daily household duties as she once did.
Naturally, our life changed abruptly. Now, in addition to her poor health, the occurrence of heart problems is shocking news to us. Our children could see the tension on our faces; they too were very disturbed. Altogether, it was a suffocating situation for our family. The morning after this diagnosis, my wife and I had a life-changing appointment with a renowned doctor.
With her pleasant personality, she was able to enlighten us about the pros and cons of the situation very well. She told us that with diabetes, either insulin production is inadequate, or the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin or both. She then explained the relation between glucose and insulin. Glucose is the principal fuel source of the body which comes from the food, and the pancreas produces insulin which is a hormone. Insulin is the primary means by which glucose enters the cells of the body, and provides them with energy. Diabetes prevents this normal metabolic system of the blood sugar (glucose) utilization in the body. As a result, unutilized sugar piled up in blood cells and causes serious health issues.
These issues include:
- Diabetic people have a higher chance to develop heart disease at a younger age than people without diabetes.
- Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetic patient, in combination with one or more risk factors related to heart diseases, such as hypertension and high cholesterol, are at even higher risk of heart disease or stroke.
- High glucose levels in the bloodstream for a prolonged period can harden the arteries. Fatty substances get piled up inside the blood vessels, preventing blood flow to the heart or brain. If untreated, this can eventually lead to heart attack or stroke.
- Diabetic heart disease can take the form of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and heart failure.
- Generally, the risk of death due to heart disease and stroke are twice as high in people with type 2 diabetes.
Still, YOU CAN SHIELD YOUR HEART, she emphasized, by following these steps:
- NEVER DESPAIR
- CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE
- 30 MINUTES EXERCISE 5-6 DAYS A WEEK
- HAVE HEART-HEALTHY DIET
- MAINTAIN A CONTROLLED BLOOD-SUGAR, BLOOD CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE LEVEL
- QUIT SMOKING
- TAKE MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED
The doctor then provided us with information that changed our lives. She told us that the advancement of research and technology has given rise to a promising treatment for TYPE 2 Diabetes called STEM CELL THERAPY. For diabetes the therapy regenerates and stimulates the pancreas, resulting in greater insulin production and insulin sensitivity. This rejuvenation procedure for metabolic disorder prevents long-term complications by replenishing damaged tissues and improving the patient’s quality of life. She further elaborated that stem cell therapy reverses the process of the metabolic malady. In traditional treatment, patients can control blood sugar up to a level, but cannot stop the progression of complications which affects the body’s organs.
Fortunately, in conjunction with medication, this therapy can control blood sugar more effectively. So, heart disease-related risk decreases with controlled sugar level remarkably. We visited the Stem Cell Center, in Punjab the very next day. It’s, where my wife underwent an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic. There at the center, physicians harvest stem cells from patients’ adipose tissue or bone marrow. This process takes about 30-40 minutes, and the quantity required depends on the condition being treated (between 60 c.c and 200 c.c). The next steps involve the centrifuge, enrichment, and activation of the stem cells, which are done in their lab and onsite using state of the art technology.
The final step is the transfusion, which happens by intravenous infusion of the activated stem cells in the patients’ own body or directly in the areas required. The process of autologous stem cells therapy is not a controversial procedure. Because with this method, stem cells are used from the patient’s own body which prevents, preventing any rejection. These cells collected from adipose tissue from the abdomen ( which is the most abundant source of stem cells), and are activated to ensure survival. We have My wife has started Stem cell Cell Therapy and continues to take medicines prescribed for diabetes for her along with prescribed diabetic medicine. It started showing the magic slowly.
Life never stops surprising us. It is full of miracles and happy discoveries, one of which we have experienced in our family. Our ‘central nervous system’ is back to her bubbly, enthusiastic self with her charming personality. The good news is, after doing her strenuous, neat and tedious round the clock household chores we have started enjoying our coffee after dinner again.
Thanks to Stem Cell Therapy!