Frequent Stem Cell Question:
Do the “age” of stem cells matter that I put into my body?
The answer is absolutely, 100% yes.
Remember when you were young? Go back and remember when you were playing with your friends, when you were riding bikes, when you were running through the woods, you were getting bumps and bruises, you were falling out of a tree house, playing tackle football… and the next day you woke up, and how did you feel? You felt fine, and you did it all over again. That is just what we did when we were kids. Our bodies responded and healed very, very quickly.
Now, fast forward to today. You mow the yard, you clean the house, or maybe you’re raking leaves. How do you feel the next day or two? You are sore, and you are recovering from that soreness.
Well, why is that?
One of the things that we are learning today is our stem cells, which are the master cells that helps regeneration and healing happen in the body, age as we age and the quantity decreases as we age. When we are born, 1 out of 10,000 cells are a stem cell. By the time we are teenagers, 1 out of 100,000 cells are stem cells. You can see, there is a dramatic drop just from when we were born – to by the time we are teenagers in the quantity of stem cells. In our 30s we have 1 in about 250,000, in our 50s we have 1 in about 400,000, and in our 80s, when we are the most degenerated, we have 1 in 2,000,000 cells.
Now let’s put this into real life:
- Imagine a three or four year old child breaks their arm. How long does it take for that arm to heal? Typically it will take two, maybe three weeks.
- How about a teenager? Well, my son broke his arm about a year and a half ago, and it took about five to six weeks for that bone to heal.
- Think about when you are in your 30s. It takes six to eight weeks.
- Now go all the way into 80s. How long does it take for your bones to heal when you are in your 80s? Ten to twelve weeks, depending on the bone break and the degenerative process that is going on.
Now, the other important thing with the age of stem cells is how robust they are, the quality. At a newborn age, our cells double at about 24 to 28 hours. At age 30, it takes two days for your body to duplicate a stem cell, so about 48 hours. But by the time you are 80, it takes 60 hours for these cells to duplicate.
What does that mean after 30 days? It means after 30 days, with young stem cells, you are going to have about 500,000 cells in your body after 30 days, healing, repairing, decreasing inflammation and regenerating. At 30 years old, you’re going to have about 32,000 cells in 30 days. By the time you are 80, if you take one cell and let it go through 60 hours of duplication for 30 days, you are going to have around 200 cells. You can see the potential for healing is way better with a younger cell, which is why at LifeWorks we like to use human umbilical cord tissue.
Younger cells also have higher growth factor associated with them. Growth factor is another component around the cells that helps to stimulate growth within the body.
Is younger better?
They are more robust, they are more efficient, and you have more of them to do the work. By the time you are 80 they have slowed down, and they have gone through all the stresses that we put on our body throughout our life, from environmental to toxins to physical stress to emotional stress. Stem cells have endured the same stresses as every other cell in the body.
There are four characteristics that I want you all to remember about stem cells.
- One is, according to an article by Time magazine, inflammation is said to be The Silent Killer. Inflammation is in almost everybody today and stem cells do a great job of decreasing inflammation.
- The second characteristic is stem cells have the ability to modulate the immune system. What does that mean? It means that it is going to help to strengthen your immune system as you age.
- Third is it reduces scar tissue. When you think of people that have chronic pain, many times this is because there’s a buildup of scar tissue and inflammation in the body, and the inability for the body to modulate the immune system.
- The last thing it does, especially for people with arthritic joints, is it stimulates regeneration of tissue. You can start to turn back the time on the degenerative processes that has happened.
Why is regenerative therapy really the future of medicine and can change how people function? Because it goes in and helps to balance the body’s mechanisms out.