COPD: How Stem Cells and Exosomes Offer Hope

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If you or a loved one are one of the 30 million Americans who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy may offer hope for symptom relief – and it may help patients who haven’t responded to previous treatments, or who want to reduce their reliance on medications. Regenerative medicine, such as lung regeneration therapies are a natural alternative that uses the patient’s own stem cells. These therapies are showing promise for COPD by allowing natural healing, encouraging tissue repair and reducing inflammation to the diseased lung tissue.

What is COPD?

Typically, people who suffer from COPD and symptoms associated with COPD wait a long time before getting diagnosed, with most being diagnosed after age 40-50. It’s a progressive disease, and one of the most common causes is from smoking, from secondhand smoke, or having frequent exposure to toxic fumes, lung irritants or air pollution.

Are You Experiencing COPD Symptoms?

People who suffer from COPD experience symptoms differently, and they might develop these symptoms gradually. For some, it might be part of everyday life, such as a constant cough, however it’s a progressive disease, and symptoms will progressively get worse if you don’t start treatments. Some of the most common COPD symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Persistent cough that produces a lot of mucus (sometimes called a “smoker’s cough”)
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath doing simple activities
  • Unexplained swelling in ankles or legs
  • Feeling like your heart is beating out of your chest
  • Easily susceptible to the flu or flu-like symptoms

How Stem Cells and Exosomes Offer Hope

If caught early, there are several effective treatments available for COPD. Doctors and scientists are currently studying adipose tissue (fat cell) stem cell therapy as a new alternative treatment to help manage COPD complications. Stem cells extracted from a patient have a regenerative effect, and the potential to replace countless cells of the body – including lung tissue. At the Stem Cell Center of NJ, we frequently incorporate exosomes into our stem cell therapies for patients. Exosomes have wound healing and anti-inflammatory functions. In his abstract “Exosomes: From Garbage Bins to Promising Therapeutic Targets” academic editor Martin Pichler states, “Several reports have implicated exosomes in stem cell maintenance and plasticity, indicating that stem cell-derived exosomes have a pivotal role in tissue regeneration following injury.”

The Unique Stem Cell Center of NJ Difference

The Stem Cell Center of NJ is unique in that it’s a step ahead – and a step above – in recognizing and using science-based therapies including exosomes. Some doctors and researchers, such as Dr. Duncan Ross of Miami’s Kimera Labs, argue that exosomes may be more important than stem cells. Our practice only uses self-harvested stem cells, and we frequently use exosomes in conjunction with stem cell therapy. Exosomes are unique in that they can be used topically on the skin, injected with an IV or inhaled, so they get into the lungs, which is exceptionally beneficial for COPD. Instead of being cellular, exosomes are vesicles – tiny packets of information – that get released from cells and move onto other cells performing cell-to-cell communication. This “growth factor information” that exosomes communicate to other cells is vitally important to the regenerative healing of old cells and protecting new cells within the body.

Our goal at Stem Cell Center of NJ is to help you regain a healthy, active lifestyle, and treat any injury or disease using the most cutting edge, proven therapies including stem cell with exosomes. Please research your different options, and contact us today to learn how stem cell therapy with exosomes can benefit your COPD symptoms.

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