Diabetics And Stem-cells

Posted: 4/11/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

This article really makes a statement to me and part of it is in relation to my wife who was a type-1 diabetic, and my mother being a type-2 diabetic. This article in itself gives hope to thousands of Americans who are devastated by this disease. You recall back in last years election how Micheal J. Fox made the case for more federally funded stem-cell research, and the many polls of Americans on this matter supports this and politically a lot of Republicans support this funding also, but some along with President Bush appose this type of funding based upon mostly their religious beliefs. I am not going to get into a long drawn out process of what actually takes place but the bottom line is this, Stem cells are cells that have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each "daughter" cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. Diabetics that have started using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin shots, diabetics take anywhere from 2/4 shots a day. This has some real potential to help the many diabetics not only here but around the world, diabetes takes its toll on the organs in the body over time, the kidneys and heart are affected as well as other organs in the body and over time could slow circulation in the legs and feet. Stem-cells have potential to treat this and many other diseases out there including Parkinson disease and I for one am glad Micheal had the courage and passion to get out there and promote this very promising treatment and when I read this article it gives me hope, the hope that a lot of diabetics out there could lead a less painful life and rid themselves of this disease. It is also of note that the stem cells apparently were harvested from the patients own blood and its implications are rather promising, I would like to read more articles like this one as scientists have always maintained that stem-cells looked to be a promising therapy. Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatments Questions concerning stem-cells Blastocyst Just got this off the CNN ticker, it seems the Senate has voted to roll back the 2001 Bush limits on embryonic stem-cell research by a vote of 63-34 however, it is not enough to over ride the Bush veto.