Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes in Malaysia 2020

In recent years, stem cell therapy has gained popularity as a promising alternative treatment option for diabetes mellitus. However, there is also a lot of confusion due to the overwhelming mixing of credible scientific information and marketing hypes available on the internet. As of August 2020, more than 4,800 studies have been published on PubMed.gov on stem cell therapy and diabetes mellitus. More than 200 studies have been launched to investigate the benefits of stem cell therapy and diabetes mellitus. You can review the status of these trials on clinicaltrials.gov.

There are various stem cell products in the Malaysian market. However, not all of the products contain 'live' stem cells. For stem cells to stay alive, it must be stored in a 'liquid nitrogen storage'. For live stem cells to reach the target organ, it needs to be administered intra-venously or intra-muscularly. Stem cells that are taken by the oral route will be digested and broken down in the stomach.

We have compiled and summarised essential information below in layman's terms so that you can understand and make a better informed decision.

stem cell therapy for diabetes in malaysia

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells can be viewed as master cells that can give rise to all types of cells in the body. Generally, stem cells are classified as unipotent, multi-potent or pluripotent according to their potential to differentiate. Stem cells can also be classified based on their source, for example, embryonic stem cells, foetal stem cells and adult stem cells.

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Stem cells differ from other kinds of cells in the body. They are special because of their ability to self-renew, duplicate, regenerate and repair.

Stem cells have two important properties:

  • Capable of giving rise to all types of cells 
  • Capable of self-renewing indefinitely 
Clinical research has shown that certain adult stem cells can differentiate and produce insulin-producing cells that eventually could be used to treat people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus.
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Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus


Majority of stem cell research for diabetes is concentrated on Type 1 diabetes as it can be traced to the loss of a single cell type, the beta islet cell. Beta cells (β cells) are a type of cell found in pancreatic islets that produce and secrete insulin. In patients with type I or type II diabetes, beta-cell mass and function are diminished, leading to insufficient insulin secretion and high blood sugar.

Currently, two approaches are being used in research, using stem cells as beta-cell producing factories or as a beta cell repair catalyst. Both methods have the same goal which is to return the insulin to normal levels. Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) are running clinical trials and have a number of patients that are living insulin free after receiving a transplant of donor islet cells.

There are many ongoing efforts to understand how stem cell therapy is able to help people with diabetes. One of the main centres is the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, where you can view the areas of research being conducted specifically to understand diabetes.

The public may search a database of NIH-sponsored clinical trials at www.clinicaltrials.gov. Enter the search terms of interest (e.g., diabetes mellitus and stem cells) to search for applicable clinical trials.

Update 2019: A review, published in the Progress in Stem Cell journal suggested a combination of antioxidants, growth factors or hormones along with MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells) in optimal combinations and concentrations for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy.


Stem Cell Therapy Price Malaysia

Stem cell therapy prices will vary depending on the type of stem cells, the cell count and will also vary from clinic to clinic.

As a guide, the cost of mesenchymal stem cells in Malaysia will vary from MYR 50,000 to MYR 70,000 for 100 million cells.

Some doctors may also recommend supplements to support the stem cell therapy. This may incur additional cost or may be included as part of the package.


Stem Cell Malaysia Review Update

Guidelines for cell and gene therapy products (CGTPs) issued by the Health Ministry will be enforced from 2021, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.

The Deputy Health Minister said it was to give stem cell industry players time to adopt the guidelines as the ministry did not want to hamper the growth of the industry.

“We view this industry as important even in its infancy stages,” he said at the Malaysian Association for Cell Therapy (MACT) annual symposium at TPC Kuala Lumpur in November 2018.


Find a Stem Cell Therapy Centre for Diabetes in Malaysia

Check out our recommended stem cell therapy clinic list for diabetes below. The list of centres has been arranged in no particular order.

Methodology: The selection of the clinics is based on Google Search Results and information available on blogs and forums.


1) Stem Cell Therapy Malaysia 

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Stem Cell Therapy Malaysia is a network of specially trained multi-disciplined medical doctors and specialists, providing advanced, research-driven, regenerative medicine treatments in Malaysia.

Stem Cell Therapy Malaysia has 9 partner clinics in Klang Valley i.e. Mid Valley City, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Life Care Medical Centre, Assunta Hospital, Publika KL, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Seri Kembangan.

Stem Cell Therapy Malaysia (HQ)
Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



2) Cell Therapy Centre - UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) | UKM Stem Cell

Cell Therapy Centre - UKMMC

Address: 12th Floor, Clinical Block, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cell Therapy Center is one of the Center of Excellence in UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) which provides cell-based therapy including hematopoietic stem cells, lymphocytes, dendritic cells, mesenchymal stem cells and mononuclear cells to patients with blood cancers, bone marrow diseases and degenerative diseases. The Cell Therapy Centre has the aspiration to be among the world leaders in research and development (R&D) of cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine.


3) Cell Malaysia Stem Cell Therapy


Location: No 5, Jalan Kerinchi Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Stem Cell therapy is a medical process where stem cells are used in order to prevent a life-threatening disease or health condition. While it is widely used to treat different forms of cancer, stem cell therapy can also be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions. If you are interested in our stem cell therapy program here at Cell Malaysia, you will want to learn more about what to expect after treatment.


4) Beverly Wilshire

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Beverly Wilshire has 3 branches in Klang Valley, two in Kuala Lumpur and one in Petaling Jaya.

Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre - HQ
Address: Level 6, 8 & 9, Kenanga Tower, No. 237 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Maintain your vibrancy and vitality even as you age with medical grade stem cell therapy. Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre has a dedicated team of doctors and nurses and the ambience of a five star hotel equipped with the latest monitoring devices so you can feel assured of both safety and comfort. Our treatment includes follow-ups to ensure the best long-term outcome is achieved. Various package available, please enquire to know your best suited package.

The accumulated free radical damage that you sustain everyday increases over time and your body naturally responds with consequences of premature aging and degenerative diseases. Your body cells are attacked daily, thousands of times by these free radicals which reduce your quality of life that could be inverted with our stem cell therapy packages.



Wrapping It Up

So, here you are. The best stem cell therapy clinics for Diabetes in Malaysia. If there are any major stem cell therapy clinics that we’ve missed then please let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes is classified as an Experimental Therapy by the Malaysian Ministry of Health.


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