If you are reading this article, you are likely already familiar with stem cell therapy and perhaps already know ‘the basics’. Nevertheless, it never hurts to reinforce what you already know, and perhaps even learn a few new things, especially if stem cell therapy is something you are considering. New treatments that are fairly recent or are novelties in the medical industry require careful examination of their efficacy. Scrutiny in identifying possible side effects, and long term consequences of such therapies should also be in place. Stem cell therapies, including stem cell therapy in Miami, have huge healing potential and have became one of the most popular regenerative medicine treatments in recent years – and for good reasons. In this article we will explain why.
Fact 1. Stem cells are the foundation for every organ and tissue in your body and the basis for stem cell therapy
There are many different types of stem cells that come from different places in the body or are formed at different times in our lives. Commonly, stem cells come from two main sources:
- Embryonic stem cells that exist only at the earliest stages of development; every other cell in the human body is derived from these cells.
- Various types of tissue-specific (or adult) stem cells that appear during fetal development and remain in our bodies throughout life.
Stem cells have been the subject of extensive research and analysis for several reasons. Being an unspecialized cell type is one of the fundamental properties of a stem cell. It means is that a stem cell does not have any tissue-specific structures that would require it to perform specialized functions.
Despite being devoid of a specialized role (such as pumping blood through the body like a heart muscle cell or carrying oxygen molecules through the bloodstream like a red blood cell), stem cells, if instructed to do so with scientific methods, can give rise to specialized cells, including heart muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells.
A good analogy is to think of the board game scrabble. Stem cells are like the ‘blank letters’ – the pieces which can become any letter you want them to be. This property makes stem cells a powerful tool being able to regenerate damaged tissue under the right conditions.
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Fact 2. Stem cells and stem cell therapy in Miami have remarkable potential.
As we said before, stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to self-renew (make copies of themselves) and have a potential to differentiate (develop into more specialized cell types such as skin, muscle, bone, tissue).
Unlike other body cells, such as muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells which normally do not replicate themselves, stem cells may replicate themselves many times. A starting population of stem cells that proliferates for many months in the laboratory can yield millions of cells. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain an unspecialized stem cell and, just like a parent stem cell, continue its long-term self-renewal. But it can also, under special conditions, become another type of a cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. We can say they serve as a sort of internal repair system for those organs, multiplying without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions.
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