(NewsUSA) - Nearly everything can be recycled and repurposed for later use -- even medical waste. Now, liposuction fat leftovers can be turned into adult stem cells, which can be stored as a tangible form of "bio-insurance" for the future.
"The evidence strongly suggests that fat stem cells can stimulate the repair process after a heart attack," said American stem cell researcher Douglas Losordo, MD, of the regenerative medicine program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
In addition to a heart attack, leftover lipo fat can offer a solution in the event of over 100 life-threatening diseases. For families with a history of diabetes, heart disease or neurological disorders, stem cells from fat may offer treatment options unavailable to others.
Body fat is an abundant, renewable resource. Research shows that fat, or adipose tissue, is actually a better source of adult stem cells. It's concentration can be up to 1,000 times greater than what can be extracted from bone marrow, it's easily accessible and a less invasive procedure. Adipose tissue is currently discarded after liposuction when it could be put to better use. Storing today is essential because as you age, so do your stem cells, limiting their potential for future use.