Type 1 - Juvenile Diabetic...any research or study on Stem Cell Therapy

Dear Friends, I was contacted by a Stem Cell Therapy clinic (Ree Labs) suggesting to get the treatment for my T1 - Juvenile Daughter(diagnosed with T1 in 2012, when she was 10 years old), Also, we did not preserve the cord blood/cells at birth and for this the clinic suggested that, we can make use of the pulp around the Milk Teeth (luckily she has 2 more milk teeth still intact), Can some one suggest if there has been any progress on this and any studies going on or underwent, also, her BS levels are very alarming, even after very strict diet and Medicine (Humalog mix 25/75 - Morning 34 units and night 36 units) Her last 2 days FBS - 350 and PPBS - 540 (had 2 Dosas). Any help/suggestions appreciated very much.

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  • I would be cautious in this matter.I have been studying various reports on this,but no where it is reported that stem cell therapy is approved for treatment.Please check very carefully about the antecedents of the people who are offering to this.I think only specialized and major hospitals can offer this treatment

  • Stem cell hasn't even gone beyond Clinical trial. All those who claim treatment are just thugs out to rob you of your hard earned money:


    Buy a pump instead of wasting money on this.

    That said, FBS 350 and PPBS 540 is dangreous. Dosaas and Idlis will only make it worse. As a type 1 all you need to do is restirct carbs to around 120-150gms/day and cover it up with Insulin. Lowering carbs will reduce the SPIKES and make control easier. She has to be on Insulin lifelong. Type 1 is autoimmune related so no matter what you do beta cells will be killed by the body's immune system.

  • dear vinod,

    my personal opinion is, you preserve the two teeth [she already having] just like chord blood .

    may be it will be useful for some other purpose in future.

    that is if you are rich enough and has money like some 50,000- relatively throw away style.

    may be useful ,may not be useful.

    keep the diabetes pending.

    i am a person with many doctors in friendship circle.i live near a hospital, my neighbour hood is full of white coat people, docs and nurses.but you know we cannot talk to a doctor easily, some times they come to chi chat, politics etc, their willingness and not my interest that plays.

    yesterday i talked to one doctor about preserving your daughters teeth.-

    he said we dont just have much of a belief in its success.

    .in effect i got no answers.

    you try to contact some docs there .about ree labs etc.

    tell her, on behalf of me , to be cheerful and the science uncles almost near capturing her disease. [the haruko obokata reserch.]

    good luck'

  • with such high uncontrolled bs levels why dont you ask the docs to go for insulin pumps, she is now 12 plus , reaching puberty.

    that means high bs levels.

    after her puberty is settled, this uncontrolled situation will change- ask the diabetologist.[ pumps are between half a lakh to many laks Rs ]

    good luck

  • vinidbachu: The intact milk teeth gives you limited time to make a decision. Though there seems to be no credible reports of stem cell being successful, there is no report of it bring adverse outcomes. A medical center in China has indicated price of US $ 15k - 30k, but I read on the internet < INR 200k and outcome, partial success. Also read that in South America/Mexico benefits obtained by patient reversed after a few months. So essentially, you have to see it as an adventure. (On a humorous note, since the treatment provider wants to use you as guinea pig, how about asking to be paid?)

  • Best solution is to put her on insulin pump

  • Thanks a lot to all of you, for taking time and responding. Will try as suggested.

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