Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease: Symptoms & Treatments
Chronic kidney disease is insidious and has a slow progression. The most common underlying causes are high blood pressure, Diabetes and long term use of over the counter pain medications and isolate protein supplements. Many medications and health conditions strain the kidneys and there is no cure except to get a new kidney. Unfortunately, the list is long and you have to already be on dialysis to be considered. Dialysis is expensive even with insurance and greatly reduces quality of life and overall health. In addition chronic kidney disease increases the patient’s risk for developing cancer. Managing kidney disease until dialysis just means multiple medicaions to promote urination and control blood pressure.
4 stages of kidney disease based on the blood marker GFR (glomerular filtration rate):
Stage 1: GFR > 90 with clinical symptoms such as protein in the urine.
- Stage 2: GFR 60-89
- Stage 3: GFR 30-59
- Stage 4: 15-29
- Stage 5: <15
Symptoms of chronic kidney disease include fluid retention, shortness of breath, fatigue, low back pain and high blood pressure. Clinical signs are protein and/or blood in the urine. Dialysis is a big disruption to one’s quality of life and has the potential for complications due to electrolyte imbalances and risk for infections. Patients in kidney failure dread the thought of committing to dialysis for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment which has the potential to reverse kidney disease and delay, if not totally eliminate the need for dialysis. Especially when this powerful treatment is combined with a kidney friendly diet. As with any regenerative therapy, the earlier the patient starts, the better chances they have to avoid dialysis. It is critical to not wait. Although we have been able to help patients get off dialysis, this entails more expense due to the loss of stem cells during the dialysis.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Chronic Kidney Disease
Stem cells have the unique ability to differentiate into different types of cells including renal cells. When we are young, we are able to heal and recover so much quicker. As we age, the number and viability of stem cells decline and it takes longer for our organs to recover from damage..whether it be from lifestyle or medications. Overtime, organs detetiorate and lose function. Kidneys are a vital organ and when we lose functionality in our kidneys, our overall health is compromised.
Mesenchymal stem cells have a distinct self renewal ability and can differentiate into various tissue cells. They respond to cytokine signaling and migrate to areas of injury. This study is a case where a patient had both spinal cord entrapment and kidney disease due to Diabetes. She had not urinated for two years and was paraplegic. After the infusion of stem cells she was able to move her legs again after being paraplalegic and her kidney markers improved. Stem cells can be infused and is a simple in office treatment. It is noninvasive and safe. Once infused, the stem cells respond via cytokine signaling to injured body cells. In the case of chronic kidney disease, the stem cells migrate to the kidneys to initiate the healing and rebuilding process of the renal cells. We have seen patients who experienced a 10 point increase in their GFR in just a month. Studies have already confirmed the safety of this treatment and show promising results.
Along with the stem cell infusion, our patients are provided dietary guidelines to enhance the production of stem cells, while reducing further injury to the kidneys.
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The use of treatments on this site require doctor evaluation and laboratory testing along with consideration of the risks, benefits, and other options before they are recommneded or prescribed. No offer is being made for any treatment without undergoing a medical records review or clinical work up, discussion of the nature of the evidence, risks, and benefits for a therapeutic approach specific to the patietn including a discussion of treatment options. Therapies may be designed to strengthen the kidneys, rather than as specific treatments for a certain medical condition.