Treating Liver Disease With Stem Cells
Chronic Liver Disease is a major concern for the entire country as it ranks as the fifth biggest killer in the world. When serious damage has been sustained to the organ, then the liver loses the ability to repair itself and begins to function less and less effective until it reaches the point that it no longer works, which is a life-threatening condition.
Until the advent of Advanced Liver Stem Cell Therapy at medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida, the only treatment for liver disease was a full organ transplant. We want to see patients with liver disease have a better quality of life and be able to even reverse the damage done. Liver stem cell therapy is one of our latest and most exciting therapies, joining those available at our clinic like stem cell treatments for Neurological or Spinal Cord Conditions.
The liver is essential for life, and its health is critical for other body functions. The liver is a multi-functional organ that plays a role in digestion, blood sugar control, blood clotting factors for healing, making amino acids, increasing red blood cell growth, fat and cholesterol transport, and the removal of waste; especially toxic exposures and the metabolization of medications into their active ingredients. Much research has been done on this vital organ and we are now finally beginning to understand how stem cells can play a role in fighting Liver Disease.
What Causes Liver Disease?
A number of things can contribute to Liver Disease. Here are some of the most commonly seen diagnoses in our offices:
- Hepatitis: the devastating autoimmune/hereditary condition that weakens the liver.
- Alcoholic Liver Diseases due to the deterioration of liver tissue from alcohol overdose.
- Fatty Liver Disease which puts excess strain on the liver and can lead to Cirrhosis.
- Cirrhosis: formation of fibrous tissue that replaces liver cells, causing liver failure.
- Primary Liver Cancer that chokes the liver and kills healthy liver tissue and cells.
- Budd-Chiari Syndrome: the occlusion of the hepatic vein of the liver.
- Hereditary diseases that affect blood, oxygen, waste, and nutrient flows.
- Transthyretin-related Amyloidosis and the associated death of healthy liver tissue.
- Gilbert’s Syndrome and the worsening symptoms associated with the condition.
What Is Cirrhosis Of The Liver?
Cirrhosis is the medical term that is used to describe liver disease that permanently scars the liver, which results in reduced function, pain, waste build up, and ultimately death of the liver. When this condition is present, normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue that cannot perform healthy liver function. Acute liver failure may be life threatening.
Not too long ago, a diagnosis of liver failure was a death sentence, as the condition was deemed non reversible. However, with new advances in stem cell regeneration has made Liver Stem Cell Therapy a reality.
More than three quarters of the liver is made up of hepatocyte liver cells, which are special in that their average lifespan is only 150 days. What this means is that the liver is constantly renewing and growing new cells to replace weak and dying cells. It is the only organ in the body that can easily replace damaged cells. But when too many cells are damaged or die off too soon, the liver cannot keep up and it begins to fail into Liver Disease.
The liver is a regenerative organ. But it is limited in this ability and can only maintain the regenerative pace when there is enough energy, healthy cells, blood, oxygen, and proper nutrients available. Liver Disease can quickly get out of control and can progress to Cirrhosis and Liver Failure very rapidly. Liver Stem Cell Therapy is designed to help reverse this damage and speed the process of cell regeneration.
Natural Liver Disease Treatment Options
Although the liver can heal itself, there is a point of no return, and there are not enough signs to indicate there is a problem until it is too late. Prior to Liver Stem Cell Therapy, once the line was crossed between Chronic Liver Disease and the final stage of liver failure, there were few options. Transplantation was the only effective treatment for liver failure.
But it, too, is not without its share of risks and drawbacks. Rejection of the donor organ, infections, and surgery complications are at the top of the list. It is estimated that for every donor organ there are 30 patients on a waiting list, and many people die from end-stage Liver Disease waiting for a donor organ.
This is why there has been such a fervent interest in liver treatments using stem cells here at NSI Stem Cell Centers.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat Liver Disease?
Going back to as far as the year 2000, researchers have been conducting studies that showed that hepatocyte cells could grow on non-liver cell sources. This means there does not have to be associated liver cells to stimulate the liver cells to continue multiplying. This phenomenon is called transdifferentiation.
Today, the use of stem cells that are taken from the patient’s own fatty deposits are the only stem cells that have successfully been used in treating liver disease. The major advantage that comes from stem cells is that because they come from the patient, rejection is not an issue and there is a much higher success rate and a much improved growth of new liver cells seen for the patient.
The stem cells are harvested and then transplanted into the damaged liver, where they trans-differentiate into hepatocyte cells. The stem cells also become cells that help with blood and oxygen delivery and waste removal, so the liver can regenerate faster.
Where To Find Natural Liver Disease Stem Cell Therapy
To learn more about how Stem Cell Therapy can help you fight your liver disease, contact us today at NSI Stem Cell and set up an appointment at one of our Florida locations. Our Phone number is (877) 278-3623, or use our Contact Page. Be sure to ask for our FREE brochure that explains all of our Stem Cell Therapies. We look forward to hearing from you.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.