Diabetic retinopathy is the primary cause of blindness in working age Americans. Many people with diabetes feel that they have to learn to live with the condition and the associated side effects, such as diabetic retinopathy. Even if you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and learning to manage the condition through diet, lifestyle and drugs, stem cell application can help to treat diabetic retinopathy, meaning that loss of sight isn’t another side effect that you have to resign yourself to facing, or have to learn to live with.
About Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes mellitus is the term used for a condition where the body is unable to process sugar (glucose) in the blood, meaning that blood glucose levels become higher than they should be. The cause of this inability to process sugar depends on the type of diabetes that the person has; the primary types being type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. (Other types are gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes).
The retina contains cells for vision; the rods and cones, which allow us to process color and shapes. The lens of the eye focuses light on the retina, where information about what we are seeing is passed from the rods and cones to the optic nerve, and on to the brain, where it is processed.
The retina is supplied with nutrients via a network of tiny blood vessels. When these blood vessels are damaged, the rods and cones don’t receive the nutrients that they need and become damaged, or die. Damage to the retinal cells is known as retinopathy.
Over years of suffering from diabetes, high blood sugar levels weaken the blood vessels that supply the retina and can cause retinal damage in a number of ways, including small blow outs of the blood vessels, leaks or bleeds from damaged vessels, vessel blockage, or the growth of new, abnormal vessels. These leaks, bleeds and blocks can damage the retinal cells, affecting vision.
Treating and Preventing Diabetic Retinopathy
It is essential for people with diabetes to have their eyes checked regularly, as retinopathy is a common complication in diabetes. If it goes undetected or untreated, retinopathy can cause vision loss and, in severe cases, blindness. By controlling blood sugar levels and blood pressure, it is possible to slow down the progression of retina damage and, in severe cases, laser treatment can help. Breakthrough stem cell application is, however, the most effective way of treating severe retinopathy, as undifferentiated stem cells travel to the retina, repairing or replacing the damaged retinal cells, helping to cease the progression of the disease and, in some cases, restoring vision.
Stem Cell Application Mexico is dedicated to providing ground-breaking, life-changing stem cell application for patients with a range of conditions. By harnessing the ability of stem cells to differentiate into almost any cell within the body we are able to target specific areas and help to regenerate damaged or lost cells within the affected tissues.
If you would like to know more about stem cell application and how it could help you or someone you love, contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.