Human stem cells taken from the umbilical cord of newborn babies shows promise for treating a variety of diseases. Stem cells are unspecialized cells with the ability to change into a variety of cell types specifically for whatever function the body might need.
In January 2013 the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design reported on new research that looks at umbilical stem cells as possible weapons in the struggle against Type 2 diabetes.
The study, completed at the Fourth Military Medical University in Shaanxi Provence, China, included 15 Type 2 diabetics taking insulin. Human stem cells were injected into their thighs. It was found their blood sugar levels and their need for insulin were significantly reduced. The patients’ immune systems showed improvement and the levels of molecules associated with inflammation were significantly reduced.