Clinical Trial to Rearch Stem Cell Therapy for Healing Diabetic Food Wounds Begins

A clinical trial testing the effectiveness of injections made with stem cells to help heal the wounds created by "diabetic feet" is underway nationally. The U.S.-based study is researching whether stem cell injections, made from the cells of placentas, can help treat or even cure diabetic foot ulcers due to decreased blood flow.

The study involves control groups and a placebo with participating doctors and patients being unaware of whether the injections being given are real or fake. The patients otherwise receive the normal care given to those with diabetic foot ulcers, such as foot casts and salves.

So far, results are very positive with preliminary results showing fast healing among those involved.

The wounds caused by diabetic foot ulcers are often chronic and slow to heal, if they heal at all. They often lead to pain, loss of mobility, and even amputation. Wounds account for about $9 billion to $13 billion over and above the other costs associated with diabetes nationally.

A podiatrist interviewed by the Durango Herald and who has patients involved in the study says that the healing can be remarkable. He notes one patient who is involved in the study who's had a foot sore for over five years and whose sore is now almost completely healed as the study progresses. Another has similar results with restored feeling and animation to an affected foot.

The trial is ongoing and results are expected to be published soon. This is the first of several planned clinical trials for the treatment.

Source: DurangoHerald.com

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