Stem cells are cells that are un-specialized and are capable of renewal through cell division. Stem cells serve as an internal repair system, dividing and multiplying to replenish dying cells. When the cells divide, they can either remain a stem cell or become a cell with a specialized function that is needed in that part of the body, for example, a blood cell, muscle cell or brain cell.
What Are Stem Cells Used For?
Stem cells can be used for stem cell therapy, which is a self-healing therapy that uses the patient’s own cells to repair another injured area. Stem cell therapy involves isolating stem cells from one area of the body and relocating them to an area of disease or injury. The stem cells then grow to become the type of cells the body needs in that area.
How Can Stem Cells Benefit Me?
Diseases that benefit from stem cell therapy are arthritis, sports-related injuries, Congestive Heart Failure, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, neurological diseases, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, autism and more.