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Beating Bone Disease

spine-xrayOsteoporosis is a serious condition that is responsible for two million broken bones and almost twenty billion dollars of related costs each year. Treatment for osteoporosis involves taking calcium and other dietary supplements, or behavioral modifications like switching to a healthy diet and exercise. New studies show a promising new treatment that uses stem cells derived from fat to prevent this bone disease. Dr. Johnson currently uses stem cells sourced from adipose fat to treat another bone disease, osteoarthritis, as well as a host of other medical conditions.

Osteoporosis occurs as when we lose bone, or our bodies don’t make enough bone. It is a relatively common condition, and it impacts fifty-four million Americans. Most people with osteoporosis are over the age of fifty, but the disease can happen at any time as a result of other medical conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis occurs more frequently in women than in men. The disease can actually be deadly, as bone breaks in elderly patients can begin a downward spiral in their health, with twenty percent of broken hip patients dying as a result of their condition.

Researchers have looked at stem cells for a long time for bone conditions, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For osteoporosis, researchers have been monitoring exactly how these cells can benefit patients. Recently, scientists at the University of Missouri took a look at fat stem cells and how they convert themselves into bone when stimulated. This may prompt a question – fat cells can turn into bone? Yes, they can. Fat and bone derive, or stem, from the same cells. These cells are called mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells also make up muscle tissue and the tissue of our circulatory system.

During their research, scientists studied test cells collected from patients ranging in age from 24 to 81. Specifically, they looked at how long it took these cells to transition from fat to bone. Results found that cells collected from the older patients took less time to convert to bone, but the cells collected from younger patients had more calcium, and were stronger, after conversion.

This finding is important for osteoporosis because it may lead being able to prevent the condition. It also may provide important clues for the treatment of osteoarthritis patients. For questions about stem cells and the treatment of bone conditions, call Dr. Johnson at 214-256-1462 to schedule a consultation.

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