Studies have shown that stem cell transplants in subjects with diabetes type 1 seem to spur the pancreas into producing insulin and thus curing the medical condition.
New research further advances that hypothesis and it is important to note that dental stem cells (adult stem cells) and not embryonic were studied with the promise of curing Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes, also called Diabetes mellitus type 1 or juvenile diabetes, is a form of diabetes that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
Various treatment options exist for Type 1 such as insulin replacement therapy. Currently, there's no cure for the medical condition, but the new dental stem cell research has shown serious potential.
How Dental Stem Cells Work:
Dental pulp stem cells are not in the same category as embryonic stem cells. They are classified as mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs. They are multi-potent and have a limited number of specific cell types. Research studies using MSCs have shown that this type of stem cells can repair impaired cardiac tissue or generate tissue, cartilage and nerves.
How they produce Insulin:
Research shows the stem cells in teeth, located in the periodontal ligament or pulp, could be made to discharge insulin in a glucose-dependent way. Scientists, who conducted the study, exposed those cells already producing insulin to additional glucose. After those cells were exposed, they actually manufactured even more insulin.
If you have Type 1, imagine if these insulin-generating cells were transplanted into you.
The current treatment you are undergoing would be history. Although further research is needed before the stem transplants occur, there is something you may want to consider now to help you or your children in the future.
Saving The Stem Cells Inside Your Teeth:
With the ongoing dental stem cell research, you may want to plan ahead for their potential in curing diabetes.
People lose their teeth at all ages. You could be a young adult with diabetes planning for your wisdom teeth extraction or parents with diabetic children ages six to 12 losing their baby teeth. Storing these teeth today could help your family with diabetes or a host of other diseases and conditions being researched today.
Dental stem cell banking is an excellent option for anyone wanting to preserve adult stem cells for potential future treatments.
Any healthy tooth is a candidates for stem cell banking. It is important to note that loosened teeth must have an intact blood supply. The same conditions apply for extracted adult teeth such as wisdom teeth.
The procedure is simple:
If you're interested in storing your teeth or your children's teeth, you should call the stem cell bank prior to the dental appointment. During the dental procedure, dentist place the teeth or tooth into a kit provided to them. After the laboratory receives the kit the tooth is processed and the pulp is safely removed.
With the Store-A-tooth Service, the pulp is also tested for viability before being cryogenically preserved.
Stem Cell and Diabetes
Researching is advancing fast, so whether you or your children have diabetes, it's important to consider being prepared for the day when a stem cell based cure is found.