Frailty is a geriatric syndrome associated with poor health outcomes. Patients suffering from frailty syndrome are at an increased risk for falls, disability, hospitalizations, chronic disease, and death. These patients are vulnerable to a large number of adverse events. Stem cell clinics like the Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica are using stem cell therapy to treat inflammatory diseases such as frailty.

Data has suggested that inflammation plays a critical role in the development of frailty but until recently there was no prospective study evaluating the affect of inflammation. Results of a study published in March in The Journals of Gerontology showed inflammation during a person’s midlife independently promoted physical changes that resulted in the development of frailty during the later years.

Researchers evaluated 5,760 participants from 1987 to 2013. Four inflammatory markers were tested at the first visit to establish a baseline level of inflammation. During three follow up visits over the 26-year study, scientists tested each patient for the level of C-Reactive Protein, a blood test marker for inflammation. Participants who maintained elevated level of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) or, experienced and increase in their level of CRP, were 39% likely to be diagnosed with frailty than those patients who maintained low CRP.

Inflammation is linked to numerous chronic conditions but a healthy diet can have a significant impact on levels of systemic inflammation. If you are interested in consuming a diet that may help reduce inflammation, consider following the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils. Avoid consuming sugar sweetened beverages, margarine or shortening, processed meat like hot dogs, and refined carbohydrates like white bread.

Add these anti-inflammatory items to your diet:

  • Vitamin D3
  • Curcumin
  • Rosemary
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collard greens
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios
  • Omega 3 fatty acids from fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines
  • Fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and oranges

Because of their ability to suppress the immune system, reduce inflammation, and repair tissue, physicians are studying the safety and efficacy of mesenchymal stem cells in inflammatory diseases like frailty. Controlling inflammation can slow or prevent the progression of diseases and disabilities. The physicians at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, use mesenchymal stem cells to modulate the immune system, reduce inflammation and repair damaged tissue.

The anti-aging experts, at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, take your stem cells from adipose tissue, activate those stem cell and then give them back to you. Contact us today to learn more about the potential benefits of stem cell therapy.



Keenan A Walker, PhD Jeremy Walston, MDRebecca F Gottesman, MD, PhD Anna Kucharska-Newton, PhD, MPHPriya Palta, PhD B Gwen Windham, MD, MHS. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, gly045, 09 March 2018