Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting over 5 million people in the United States. As the population ages, this number is expected to grow rapidly. Currently, there are no treatments that can cure AD or alter its course. Understanding this devastating disease and developing effective therapies is a major public health goal.
The Stem Cell Medical Center, located in Antigua, provides stem cell therapy to patients from all over the world. One of the conditions they treat is Alzheimer’s disease. Their stem cell treatment uses mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from umbilical cord tissue to try to reverse memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.
The pathology of AD involves the buildup of abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain This leads to loss of neurons, destruction of connections between neurons (synapses), and brain shrinkage, especially in memory areas Patients experience progressive cognitive decline and loss of functional abilities over about 8 years from diagnosis to death
AD has complex causes, both genetic and lifestyle-related:
Stem cells possess unique abilities that make them promising therapeutic agents:
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a specific stem cell population residing in tissues like bone marrow, fat, and umbilical cord. They can develop into cells that support organs and tissues, like bone, cartilage, fat, and muscle cells. MSCs do not form tumors and are less ethically controversial than embryonic stem cells
MSCs derived from umbilical cord tissue have additional advantages:
MSCs help via direct and paracrine effects:
In summary, umbilical cord MSCs show real promise for reversing Alzheimer’s based on animal studies. Via broad anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects, MSCs aim to translate into improved cognition and daily living. Ongoing research, like human AD clinical trials now underway, should keep optimizing their therapeutic use. If you or a loved one suffer from AD or dementia, explore this treatment option for achieving true remission of symptoms. Please reach out for a consultation on treatment options for your condition.
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