The Reasons You should Consider Cord Blood Banking

October 24, 2012

Medicine

Consider Cord Blood Banking

Consider Cord Blood Banking

Many families plan to bank their newborn’s cord blood thinking that this can be of great help in saving a family member’s life in the future. Even if they do not have certain diseases known to run in their families, they still consider this option because it gives them peace of mind.

At present, millions of expectant parents recognize the importance of cord blood banking not only to their baby’s future medical use but also for the parents, siblings and entire family.

So why should you consider cord blood banking regardless of family history for a certain disease? Research studies show that family history is not a reliable indicator of a disease with familial tendency. This means that some of the disorders that could afflict your child in the future are not always established through family history. There are some diseases your baby could contract that do not run in the family. One example of this would be leukemia. The most common forms of leukemia are also the most frequent reason for having the stem cell treatment found in cord blood. These forms of leukemia are not always hereditary and the causes are still not known. In fact, most of these cancers and other diseases curable by stem cell therapy are not hereditary and often occur without warning signs or symptoms. However, the chances for a child to carry specific genes affected with the disease are still high.

Although it isn’t guaranteed that the cord blood will be used anytime in the future, medical providers strongly recommend that parents bank their baby’s cord blood because the probability that it will be used for medical purposes is 1 out of 217 people.

According to latest studies, stem cells found in the cord blood can be used for an indefinite time period so you can be assured that for as long as it is stored under standard qualifications you can use it for the foreseeable.

The two most widely known conditions in which stem cell therapy is currently used and believed to be effective are brain injuries where there is no family predisposition as well as juvenile diabetes.

There are two fields of medicine in which cord blood, particularly the stem cells it contains, are used. These are regenerative medicine and transplant medicine:

Regenerative medicine – latest research studies focus on the benefits stem cell therapy brings to the regenerative field of medicine practice. Doctors use stem cell treatment to bring about repair and restoration of damaged body tissues and organs.

Transplant medicine – in this field, the patient will initially undergo chemotherapy to cure the underlying disease process and will then receive the cord blood via infusion so that the stem cells will be able to penetrate the patient’s body and create a new and stronger body immunity.

There are still ongoing research studies that focus on the miracles of stem cell therapy from cord blood of the baby. This goes to say that people can still expect a lot more benefits from banking the cord blood in addition to its known treatment of over 80 fatal diseases such as some forms of cancers, lupus, diabetes and a lot more. Even without the future advancements of additional diseases that may be treated with stem cells there are enough compelling reasons to get cord blood banking now. If you are still confused and indecisive whether to do or not to do cord blood banking, it would be a good idea for you to talk to your health care provider about what concerns you the most.

Guest Author Bio

Dr. Amarendra, the guest author is a passionate blogger who writes on cord blood banking, general health and fitness. He has extensive background in health and wellness and enjoys offering tips at various guest blogging communities.

The Reasons You should Consider Cord Blood Banking


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