Exosomes: Your Secret Weapon Against an Aging Body
Everybody ages – it’s a fact of life. But have you ever looked around and felt like you were aging faster than you’d like, perhaps faster than your friends or coworkers? Maybe you can’t do the activities you used to, like playing tennis or going for a long bicycle ride. Even worse, you might be struggling to perform necessary day-to-day tasks, like cleaning the house or walking your dogs.
You’ve probably heard people telling you, “Give up and get over it. You’re not as young as you used to be.” They want you to succumb to the aging process and all its negatives, when you don’t have to do that. There are solutions that can slow down aging and even help you rejuvenate areas of the body you thought were beyond hope. Here’s what you need to know about exosomes, a little-known weapon for your anti-aging arsenal.
Degenerative Disease and Other Health Issues with Aging That Cause Pain Feedback Loops
As we age, our physical processes slow down, and we don’t produce the substances we need for desirable traits like youthful skin or smooth-gliding joints. The whole body loses elasticity, which is why skin sags, joints stiffen, and back injuries become common.
In fact, the discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae of your spine actually shrink. This degenerative disc disease, or DDD – a cousin of osteoarthritis that can affect other parts of the body – results in loss of flexibility and mobility, as well as pain. In many cases, the discomfort can be life-altering, causing loss of activities, sick time from work, and poor sleep.
A chain reaction is set in place whenever we experience severe limiting pain. Becoming less active and less ambulatory can precipitate weight gain, which only makes joint problems worse. Loss of sleep, combined with pain and negative lifestyle changes, feeds depression, which makes body pain worse.
Stress and poor diet, which encourage the production of damaging free radicals (unstable atoms that cause unwanted cellular changes and accelerate aging), can have further consequences on health. You’re caught in a feedback loop from which it feels like there’s no escape.
Have You Tried Multiple Treatments in Vain?
If you’re like most folks, you’ve probably tried many solutions to help with joint pain or back problems. Common treatments include:
- Physical therapy or different types of exercise
- Ergonomics (using proper posture and body positioning)
- Electric stimulation
- Over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories
- Prescription drugs
- Cortisone injections
If you’re reading this, these so-called solutions have likely provided minimal relief, if any at all. People pay millions of dollars every year, only to deal with worsening pain as time goes on.
Introducing Exosomes: A Natural Way To Slow Down and Even Reverse Aging
There is a solution for many of the pains you may be experiencing and for your loss of mobility, whether due to aging, injury, or wear and tear from sports or manual labor: regenerative medicine.
As the name implies, this therapy uses the body’s natural restorative methods for self-renewal and continued healing. With pain reduced or even gone altogether, recipients of regenerative medicine feel rejuvenated and usually find they can get back to their old more active lives.
What is the key to regenerative medicine? Exosomes.
Exosomes are nanoparticles that are injected into damaged or inflamed parts of the body. They are particularly effective where blood flow is limited, such as in the discs of the spine. Exosomes not only jump-start the healing process; they self-renew, which means recipients get ongoing new healing cells for continuous pain relief and increased joint mobility.
How Do Exosomes Work and Where Do They Come From?
Exosomes have long been thought to be a leftover product of more important machinery in the body like mesenchymal stem cells, the cells that develop into connective tissue, lymphatic tissue, and blood vessels.
Fetal or embryonic stem cells have the potential to renew the body and even reverse some aging processes. American ethical values preclude us from harvesting fetal parts for any clinical use though, so researchers turned to exosomes to gain many of the same benefits as stem cells.
The medical term for exosomes is “exocellular vesicles,” which are small bubbles released from stem cells. They are found in umbilical cord blood and the Wharton’s jelly that makes up the cord itself.
While exosomes are found in concentrated amounts in umbilical cords, which is the source for clinics like RegenerWave, they are also present throughout the body, providing signals to help it function properly. They are vital to the endocrine system to promote healing, immunity, growth, anti-inflammation, and most importantly here, regeneration.
More than simply fighting the symptoms of aging in our joints, exosomes have the potential to fight autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, cancers, central nervous system disorders, and impaired cognition – all parts of aging that also speed our mortality.
The anti-inflammatory and regenerative influence of exosomes last for months to help the body battle inflammation and its consequent effects on aging. At first, exosomes slow down loss of muscle tissue, for example. Then, they actually start to reverse this loss by assisting the body to form new muscle tissue.
Metabolism is improved, so hormones like insulin and nutrients like glucose are delivered more efficiently – essential to fight diabetes and pre-diabetes. As you’ll read below, exosomes are being studied for their use in treating everything from developing new joint tissue to battling tumors and chronic conditions.
Why Is Regenerative Medicine Using Exosomes So Beneficial?
There are many reasons why people are turning to exosomes and regenerative medicine as a secret weapon to fight aches and pains of aging you don’t have to live with. First, while regenerative medicine is typically not covered by health insurance, it can save you money in the long run. Many of the treatments used to alleviate back pain and joint discomfort are at best only partially paid for by insurance. You may have shelled out hundreds or thousands of dollars over the years for treatments that in the end didn’t work.
Other benefits of exosomes as part of regenerative medicine include:
- It can treat a wide variety of conditions (see below).
- It’s more natural than pharmaceuticals, harnessing the body’s own healing process.
- Results are relatively fast and last a long time – up to years in some cases.
- It’s easily integrated into other functional medicine protocols.
- It’s an outpatient alternative to surgery and less conservative treatments.
What Kinds of Conditions Respond to Regenerative Medicine Treatment with Exosomes?
Regenerative medicine has become mainstream to treat back pain and degenerative disc disease. But it’s also routinely used to treat other issues with joints and connective tissue, such as:
- Meniscus tears and rotator cuff tears
- Sprains, large muscle strains, and partial muscle tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Achilles tendinosis
- Sacroiliac pain
- Pinched nerves
- Sports hernias
Exosomes can even be used to treat fibromyalgia in many cases. Fibromyalgia is still poorly understood, but its symptoms include widespread musculoskeletal pain.
Other Applications for Exosomes
Exosomes and regenerative medicine potentially have many other uses beyond treating joint pain and degenerative disc disease. It’s one of the most well-researched and promising areas of medicine right now. Scientists and doctors expect that soon, exosomes will be applied to treat a long list of health concerns, including:
- Heart disease and stroke
- Kidney disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cancer (currently used to treat blood cancers)
Are You a Candidate for Exosomes and Regenerative Medicine?
If you’ve tried many of the treatments listed above and not gotten significant relief, you may be a good candidate for exosomes at RegenerWave Clinic. we’ve seen many positive results using exosomes for regenerative medicine as part of a holistic approach to whole-body rejuvenation and wellness.
Another sign that exosome treatments as part of a regenerative medicine program may be right for you is that you’ve been told you need surgery, but you want to try something less invasive and costly, without the downtime.
If you are interested in learning more about regenerative medicine using exosomes, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you at RegenerWave Clinic. A consultation that combines reviewing your medical history, a physical exam, and medical imaging can tell us if you’re a good candidate for the therapy. We can also speak about regenerative medicine as part of a comprehensive plan to improve your gut health, hormones, and nutrition through functional medicine.
Ready to get started on the path to feeling better? Call RegenerWave Clinic at 954-510-3150 to schedule an appointment, or reach out online at your convenience. You don’t have to endure pain and the negative parts of aging when a secret weapon is at your disposal.