MSC Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease

The kidneys, often underestimated in their significance, are pivotal in maintaining our body's equilibrium. They act as vigilant guardians, purifying our blood and regulating essential functions. Explore with us into the promising realm of MSC stem cell therapy for chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Written by Ian Paskon

November 01, 2023

Table of Contents

1. The Role of Kidneys in Our System
2. The Silent Onset of Chronic Kidney Disease
3. Chronic Kidney Disease: By the Numbers
4. The Five Stages of Kidney Failure
5. Conventional Approaches to Kidney Disease
6. Emergence of Stem Cell Therapy in Kidney Treatment

7. MSC Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease


The Role of Kidneys in Our System

Before we dive into the intricacies of kidney disease, let’s take a moment to appreciate the diverse roles of these bean-shaped organs:

  • Filtering out waste and excess fluid.
  • Balancing bodily fluids and removing drugs.
  • Releasing hormones pivotal for blood pressure regulation.
  • Producing an active vitamin D form, fortifying our bones.
  • Overseeing red blood cell production.

The Silent Onset of Chronic Kidney Disease

A healthy kidney tirelessly filters about 200 liters of blood daily. Yet, with the rise of lifestyle diseases, kidney function compromise is becoming increasingly prevalent. It’s concerning to note that high blood pressure and diabetes top the list of culprits behind kidney failures. Add to this the potential risks posed by certain medications and inherent genetic disorders like polycystic kidney disease.

Reflect on this: A staggering 13% of adults, both in the U.S. and Thailand, grapple with chronic kidney disease. For many, the decline is subtle, with tangible symptoms manifesting only when kidney functionality drops below 20%.


Chronic Kidney Disease: By the Numbers

  • Over 10% of adults, roughly translating to 20 million in America and about 7 million in Thailand, are diagnosed with CKD.
  • In the U.S., the repercussions are grim with 600,000 individuals dependent on dialysis and a further 100,000 in line for a transplant.

The Five Stages of Kidney Failure

Kidney functionality is measured by blood test results called Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR).

Stage 1: Mild kidney failure (GFR > 90)
Stage 2: GFR between 60 and 90
Stage 3: GFR ranging from 30 to 60
Stage 4: A worrying GFR of 15 to 30
Stage 5: Complete kidney failure (GFR < 15)

Symptoms at this juncture are hard to ignore: persistent itching, muscle cramps, a general feeling of nausea, swelling, and even changes in urination patterns.


Conventional Approaches to Tackle Kidney Disease

Traditional routes often involve significant lifestyle shifts, like dietary modifications and increased physical activity. A plethora of medications targeting bone health, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure also come into play.

And then there’s dialysis, a lifeline for many, yet with an average lifespan of 5-10 years. Kidney transplants offer hope, but the wait can extend to an excruciating three and a half years.

Emergence of Stem Cell Therapy in Kidney Treatment

However, the landscape is shifting. Recent breakthroughs highlight the remarkable potential of stem cell therapies, especially mesenchymal stem cells, in treating kidney failure. These cells wield the power to:

  • Reduce inflammation and fibrosis.
  • Diminish cell death.
  • Modulate immune system responses.
  • Enhance blood flow.

Preliminary findings emphasize the importance of stem cell quantity in successful treatments. Normally, MSC stem cells are calculated based on your weight in kilograms (kg) using the guideline of 1 million MSCs per 1 kg of body weight.

Stem cell treatment usually involves intravenous (IV) injections. However, prior to introducing stem cells, essential nutrients and cellular preparations are recommended. Intravenous vitamin nutrition, such as Myer’s Cocktail, provides important vitamins and minerals to increase the rate of stem cell absorption and acceptance.

Blood testing and cancer screening are also important when considering stem cell therapy for chronic kidney disease. MSC stem cells are potent and have the ability to regenerate internal organs and potentially promote the growth of active cancer tumors. Therefore, it’s vital to work with trained medical professionals who can assess your health and take the proper course of action to mitigate any potential side effects.


MSC Stem Cell Therapy Offers A New Horizon for Chronic Kidney Disease

With the power of MSC stem cell therapy, we’re on the cusp of potentially revolutionizing treatments for chronic kidney disease. If this intrigues you as much as it does us, join our journey into the realm of regenerative medicine. Let’s harness the potential of stem cell therapy and pave the way for a healthier future.

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