Did You Know Several Types Of Lung Disease Make Up COPD?
While it’s common to think of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a single lung disease, COPD is actually a combination of two or more types of lung disease. Worldwide, COPD affects almost five percent of the population. In the United States alone, 12 million people have been diagnosed with this devastating, progressive condition. COPD treatment is one of the most sought-after at NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida.
COPD affects men and women alike. Left untreated, the lung diseases of COPD not only do their own damage but can be the first dominoes in a cascade of other injuries and illnesses. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can cause the sufferer to become weak and housebound, increasing the possibility of injuries like those of the hip. The debilitating symptoms of COPD can lead sufferers to become more and more sedentary, setting the stage for the development of other diseases such as diabetes.
Prior to the development of stem cell COPD treatment, options for treating this chronic and progressive condition were limited to medications like steroids. Lifestyle changes could be helpful in slowing the progression, and auxiliary oxygen could aid breathing. But there was nothing within the medical arsenal with the ability to heal and re-grow lung tissue. COPD treatment through stem cell therapy has changed that.
The diversity of lung disease types contribute greatly to the difficulty that conventional medicine has had in successfully treating COPD. But it is the unique nature of stem cells that makes regenerative therapy a remarkable breakthrough in COPD treatment. To better understand why stem cell therapy can do what conventional methods can’t, let’s take a closer look at the main types of lung disease.
The Four Main Types Of Lung Disease In COPD
There are several conditions that fall under the umbrella of chronic obstructive lung disease. But the four most commonly diagnosed are asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema. What sets a diagnosis of a single one of these apart from a diagnosis of COPD is that people with chronic obstructive lung disease suffer from two or more of the diseases at once.
Asthma occurs when the airways of the lungs become inflamed, narrowing the airways as swelling sets in. The inflammation causes the lungs to produce extra mucus. In some case, the difficulty can lead to life threatening conditions.
Bronchitis is a lung disease that centers specifically in the bronchial tubes. When the lining of the tubes become inflamed, airflow going in and out of the lungs is restricted. This results in shortness of breath and the production of thick mucus.
Cystic fibrosis attacks the cells responsible for producing mucus, sweat, and digestive juices, causing bodily fluids to turn thick and sticky. When this happens, tubes, ducts, and airways become clogged.
Emphysema is a lung disease in which the lungs’ air sacs become over-inflated. This causes shortness of breath. Left untreated, tissues within the lung that regulate the exchange of gases are damaged or fully destroyed. When this occurs, breathing is severely restricted.
In each case of the above, the ability to breathe is chronically affected. When this happens energy levels drop, susceptibility to respiratory illnesses increases, and quality of life declines. In countless cases, people who suffer from one or more types of lung disease find the simple act of walking across a room difficult or, even, impossible.
Why COPD Treatment With Stem Cells Works
While medications and auxiliary oxygen can often relieve the symptoms of COPD, they cannot remove the core causes of the symptoms. To effectively treat chronic obstructive lung disease, the reason for the damage must be addressed. With the advent of regenerative medical techniques like stem cell therapy, for the first time in the history of medicine, this can be done.
It’s important to be clear that, at this time, COPD is still a disease in need of a cure. But stem cell therapy as a COPD treatment has been shown to slow the progression, repair damage, re-grow fresh lung tissues, promote the growth of new blood vessels, and reduce the inflammation that causes over production of mucus.
Most importantly, stem cell treatment for COPD lung disease is not something yet to come. It exists here and now in the United States at advanced medical clinics likes NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida.
How Stem Cell COPD Treatment Is Done
NSI practices an FDA guidelines-compliant procedure in treating lung disease related to COPD. The therapy is done with the patient’s own stem cells and is completed on an out-patient basis. The entire procedure is done in a matter of hours, from drawing the stem cell sample to the injection. There is no post-procedure downtime, and the patient can return home and to regular activities immediately.
NSI works exclusively with adult stem cells, also known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These are stem cells that the body produces throughout life. They are multi-potent cells known for the ability to differentiate into a wide array of cell types. Whether the body needs cells for skin, bone, blood, cartilage, organs, nerves, muscles, or brain, the production of those cells begin with MSCs. In particular, NSI uses an especially potent and abundant type of MSC called an adipose stem cell. These cells are as effective in healing and re-growing tissue damage in lung disease as they are in regenerating any other area of the body.
Adipose stem cells are found in the fatty layer than lies just beneath the skin. Because of their potency and abundance, a small sample for a COPD treatment is all that is required. These cells are easy to access in a minimally invasive procedure. A sample is usually harvested from the patient’s thigh, buttock, or abdomen. When adipose stem cell therapy is administered, improvement generally occurs within several weeks. Some patients report that improvement begins within a week.
The high concentrate of stem cells replenishes the body’s system, jumpstarting and orchestrating organ rejuvenation and renewal as the adipose MSCs displace the old and damaged tissue cells. Breathing capacity is increased, over-production of mucus reduces, scarred lung tissue is healed, and new tissue grows. Regardless of the types of lung disease the COPD patient suffers, stem cells directly address the sources of inflammation and damage.
Progression of COPD is frequently dramatically slowed and dependence on medications and auxiliary oxygen can often be reduced or, in some cases, stopped altogether. With improved breathing function comes an increase in energy. Susceptibility to respiratory illnesses lowers, and physical activity increases. This, in turn, can lead to healthy weight loss and an increase in feelings of well-being. Quality of life takes a positive step forward.
Where To Get Your Questions Answered
NSI is happy to answer any questions you might have about COPD treatment and the types of lung disease that fall into this category. Call (877) 278-3623 or use our website contact page. Also available is a FREE brochure for downloading. And patients’ success stories about their COPD treatments can be seen on NSI’s YouTube channel.
If you or a loved one suffers from the devastating effects of chronic obstructive lung disease, treating COPD with stem cells may well be the boon to you and your family that it has been for so many sufferers. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you improve your quality of life through the advancements of regenerative medicine.