What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases affecting people today. COPD refers to a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to breathe by blocking the airflow in and out of the lungs; emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic asthma.
Emphysema involves the gradual destruction of the tissues surrounding the tiny sacs, called alveoli, which are responsible for the oxygen exchange in the lungs. In a patient with emphysema, the air sacs enlarge and lose their elasticity. This slows the rate of oxygen transferred from each breath and can make exhalation a laborious process. Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation to occur in the bronchial tubes where air passes through. This irritation causes mucus to form, progressively making breathing a difficult task. Those with chronic bronchitis may experience a persistent cough, trouble breathing, and increase in mucus production. While chronic asthma is not generally associated with COPD, the severe effects of the disease could progressively lead to COPD. Recent studies have shown a correlation between the severity and persistence of childhood asthma and adult COPD. Each of these conditions results in the chronic obstruction of airflow in and out of the lungs.
Today there are a number of treatments for COPD including bronchodilators, steroids, antibiotics, supplemental oxygen, vaccinations, new medications, surgeries, and transplants that limit the damage and relieve symptoms, but there is currently no cure for the illnesses. Research is still being conducted to determine the causes of COPD, but the two leading are smoking and pollutants. The continuous irritation to the lungs from this chronic condition is both progressive and irreversible.
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
Adipose stem cell therapy is a new alternative treatment to help manage the symptoms of COPD. The stem cells harvested from a patient have the potential to replace countless cells of the body, lung tissue included. The undifferentiated cells heal the body by replacing ones plagued with disease, regenerating new cells, and suppressing the immune systems macrophage response which engulf and digest the dying cells of the lungs.
Recent research in the advancement of adult stem cell therapy has shown that restoration of damaged cells through this treatment is possible. This breakthrough in regenerative medicine shines a light of hope on those battling this degenerative disease. Improvements have been seen in the following symptoms after treatment:
- Reduction of dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing)
- Increased energy
- Increase in the ability to walk alone
- Increase in the ability to perform daily tasks
- Reduction of reliance on supplemental oxygen
- Improvements in sleep patterns
- Enhanced mood
COPD does not have to be debilitating. Adult stem cell therapy is a treatment designed to help the body’s natural repair kit work more effectively. Damage to the lungs from COPD cannot be fully reversed; however, this treatment can help manage your symptoms to reduce the effects of further damage. With confidence that adult stem cell therapy has measurable results and the potential to change the lives of those battling COPD.